Cat and Genny ( Cable / Utility Avoidance ) – Level 2 Award

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Cat and Genny ( Cable / Utility Avoidance ) – Level 2 Award

Qualification title

Level 2 Award in Utility Avoidance and the Location of Buried Services in Construction ( Cable / Utility Avoidance )


Utility Avoidance in Construction
This course can be adapted to suit the client’s requirements, training can be delivered on site using the client’s training room or at a convenient, suitable location.

Who should attend this course

This course is for anyone who is involved in excavation or survey work on construction sites to detect the presence of underground services. This course is ideal for roles such as ground survey teams, excavation operatives, those needing to detect services prior to carrying out work, it is also suitable for those supervising or managing these operations.

Qualification Structure

To achieve the qualification the learner must complete the Mandatory Unit.
Course Duration – Minimum of 6 hours

Course Details

Candidates will be trained in a classroom environment on the safe use and practices involved with the use of both the Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) and Signal Generator (Genny), including the procedures as stated in HSE Guidance HSG47 – Avoiding danger from underground services, practical demonstrations on the equipment will be provided by the trainer, candidates will then be assessed on practical application of all modes relating to the equipment to meet the Level 2 Award requirements.

Course Content

The scope of this standard covers:
HSG47- Avoiding danger from underground services
Cat & Genny Modes and limitations
Using CAT and genny locators, limitations and software
Passive Signals
Nulling out – of detected service
Induction and direct connection of the signal generator
Inspection, calibration and testing equipment
Safe working practices – service plans, utility marking
Permits to work
Practical Assessment

Frequently asked questions about this course

Client Requirements

When delivered at a client premises the client is requested to provide a CAT and Genny per 2 delegates over 4 attendees, for example 6 attendees on the course the client should provide 1x CAT and 1x Genny, 8 delegates the client should provide 2x CAT’s and 2x Genny’s.

Candidates attending the course are requested to bring a Hi Vis Vest or jacket, or full site PPE if the training will take place on a construction site.

For further clarification on this, please contact us.


Candidates must demonstrate the level of knowledge described in the unit, this can be covered on the day through written questioning, this element of the assessment is the process of measuring a candidate’s knowledge and understanding against the standards set in the qualification.

Practical assessment will be carried out by the tutor through observation of each delegate to ensure the qualification standards are being met.

Each candidate is required to produce evidence which demonstrates their achievement of all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each unit.

Evidence can include:
portfolio of evidence
record of oral and/or written questioning
candidate test papers

CITB Levy registered business Information

Workforce Skills Support has CITB Approved status delivering CITB Assured Courses as listed in the Construction Training Directory. We are recognised by CITB as well as the British Construction Industry as a training provider who can deliver good quality training that meets the industry approved standards. We are part of the CITB’s automated grant payments system, making it easier for employers to book courses with us for their workers and be reimbursed for it.

Please note: There is a cap on how many times an employer can claim a Short duration course achievement grant. The link directs you to the CITB website for information on the number of claims allowed based on your last levy return.

If a candidate has been paid grant for a particular course in a lifetime, they will not be eligible for grant again for the same course, unless it has specific refresher standards published on the short duration course register.

If refresher course standards do exist for a particular course, then only one refresher is grant eligible in a lifetime for each candidate.

How much is it?

You can claim £600 for each achievement, up to a maximum of 2 achievements at each level per individual. You can only claim once for an individual on the same achievement.

This qualification does qualify for the £600 grant per attendee if your organisation is CITB Levy registered.
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We also offer a 1/2 Day Course for Detection of Buried Services for Construction (CAT and Genny)
Detection of Buried Services for Construction (CAT and Genny)

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