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CAT And Genny Training

Our CAT and Genny Training Essentials Course delivers 4 hours of theory and practical instruction and is designed to teach up to a maximum of 8 delegates, providing the essential knowledge needed to safely and correctly operate a Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) along with a Signal Generator (GENNY) when tracing underground services to meet the guidance from HSG 47 for Avoiding Danger from Underground Services.

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The CAT and Genny training course is a 4 hour course that teaches delegates how to safely avoid damaging buried utilities. This is especially important during excavations, when a damaged pipe or cable can lead to additional work, delays in work completion, and can cause serious injury or illness to operators and members of the public. This potential damage and cost can be avoided through the proper use of the correct equipment.

CAT and Genny training teaches the use of the Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT) and Signal Generator (Genny).

Delegates will learn the importance of using equipment to locate buried utilities, the consequences of not using the correct equipment, and how to combine the use of equipment with other identifying factors such as local utility plans and evidence in the street.

SB Skills Solutions Ltd instructors are fully qualified, and we offer accredited training to delegates from across the country. Call us on 01695 558420 with any questions or browse our full list of courses and topics, or to book directly.

Participant Requirements

Delegates do not require any previous experience working with CAT and Genny or any other cable avoidance equipment. However, it is necessary to be able to read and understand manufacturer guidelines as well as utility plans and safety signs. This means that a good level of English literacy is important.

Delegates are also advised to bring safety gear, usually provided by the company they work for, and if there is a specific model of Radiodetection Cat 4 equipment that you will be using, you can bring this and our tutors will use this equipment during the course.

Who Should Take The CAT And Genny Course?

CAT and Genny training is suitable for anybody that will be required to use this type of utility and cable detection equipment. This includes operators as well as supervisors and managers.

Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to ensure that all participants can safely use CAT and Genny equipment.

What Will Participants Learn?

The 4-hour CAT and Genny course teaches participants why it is important to use this kind of equipment. It also teaches a variety of techniques used to locate services and utilities that are buried underground. Delegates will learn how to use the equipment, in a variety of different modes and settings. There will also be an outdoor practical session using plans and other equipment.

  • Reasons for using CAT and Genny equipment
  • Combining the use of CAT detectors with utility plans, environmental factors and more
  • How to locate services
  • Range of CAT modes including Power, Radio, Signal, AllScan, Depth Measurements, and Strike Alert
  • Practical session using utility plans

Course Specifics

The course is intended for up to 8 participants. It is a 4-hour course consisting of both theoretical and practical elements. It will ensure that participants can safely meet current regulations, and that they can effectively and safely use the equipment in a variety of settings. Recertification is required within a 3 year period, and it is possible to claim up to a £30 grant with a CITB Levy, which must be provided during booking or on the day of the course itself.

CAT And Genny Training From SB Skills Solutions Ltd

At SB Skills Solutions Ltd we have a team of highly qualified instructors with industry experience, as well as classroom experience. We offer both practical and theory training, and we have a host of courses available. Browse our courses and book online on our website or, alternatively, call us on 01695 558420 and speak to one of our experienced team if you have any questions about the courses or services that we offer.


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