Cable Avoidance Tools


The course is for both operatives and supervisors who need the skills and knowledge to safely and effectively operate Cable Avoidance Tools (CAT) and carry out cable avoidance work.

Cable avoidance equipment is often misused because people do not understand the importance of having both parts of the tool and accessories to hand. Not just the detecting tool, but the signal generating unit are vital in accurate detection and avoidance of buried services.

Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced user looking to refresh your skills, we'll ensure the course is suitable, useful and rewarding.

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You will receive formal training and assessment in the safe and efficient operation of Cable Avoidance Tools (CAT) and accessories. Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Operate the equipment safely and correctly in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and accepted good practice
  • Carry out a pre-use inspection
  • Operate safely under varying site conditions using both the signal generator and detector
  • Understand the advantages of using the relevant accessories
  • Understand the basic principles of location and avoidance of underground services
  • Detect and avoid underground services when excavating
  • Identify hazards and the risks associated with them
  • Read and interpret site plans

This course meets the statutory requirements of the relevant legislation, whether local or UK, and other relevant statutory provisions and approved Codes of Practice.

Course Information

It's important that the training is enjoyable, relevant and useful. That's why all of our courses are tailored to your needs. The following information is for general guidance, and we are happy to discuss your content, duration, location, certification and cost requirements.


The course is delivered through a combination of classroom-based tutorials and practical exercises. You will be assessed through theory and practical tests. All of our trainers are accredited.

4safety can train/assess up to three experienced candidates in one day for most equipment/machine courses. If they are not experienced then this will take longer depending on the complexity of the machine, the number of candidates and their aptitude for operating the equipment. The non-equipment based courses can normally accommodate 6 candidates depending on the course and level of experience.

As with all of our courses, we ask if the candidates can read and understand English. We can provide a translator for the entire course or just for the theory if necessary, but there is an extra charge and we need to know this at the booking stage.


Upon successfully completing the course you will be awarded a 4safety certificate.  Nationally accredited certification for NPORS is also available for an additional cost per person per category.


Novice: 1 day
Re-certification: 1 day


4safety, Home Farm, Rue de Grouville, Jersey, JE3 9HP, or at the customer's premises.


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