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Cable Avoidance

A Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) is used to locate cables and utilities groundwork so that they can be avoided during excavation work.  If a pipe, cable or any other buried service is damaged, it can result in injury, delays in work and repair costs.  Using a CAT, along with site plans can reduce the risk of any damages occurring.

We offer certification on Cable Avoidance from the following awarding bodies: SQA, SWQR, NPORS.

SQA Unit LA – Location and Avoidance of Underground Apparatus

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the knowledge and practical skills needed to safely use a Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) and Genny.  This course includes theory and practical elements, with tests being conducted on each.

Duration

1 Day.

Attendee Numbers

A maximum of 8 delegates can attend this course.

Certification

Upon successful completion of the tests, delegates will be issued with a Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC).  Delegates can also be registered with the Street Works Qualifications Register (SWQR) and issued with an Operative Card for Certificate LA – Location and Avoidance of Underground Apparatus.  Each certificate shown on the card is valid for 5 years. 

To maintain their card and registration with SWQR, delegates are required to complete Re-Assessment Tests for the certificates they hold every 5 years.

 Location

This course can take place at our training centre in Bo’ness, West Lothian or at a location of your choice, subject to onsite requirements.

NPORS Cable Avoidance Tools (N304)

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the knowledge and practical skills needed to safely use Cable Avoidance Tools.  This course includes theory and practical elements, with tests being conducted on each.

Duration

The duration of the course depends on the experience level of the delegates attending.  Typically, these are:

  • 1 Day – Novice Course
  • 1 Day – Refresher Course (to renew a Traditional NPORS Operator Card).

Attendee Numbers

A maximum of 6 delegates can attend this course.

Certification

NPORS Operator Card (Traditional) – Valid for 3 years.  To maintain their card and registration with NPORS, operators are advised to complete a 1 Day NPORS Refresher Course every 3 years.

Location

This course can take place at our training centre in Bo’ness, West Lothian or at a location of your choice, subject to onsite requirements.

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