PREVIEW: Detection of buried services for construction


Overview
This preview is for ATO use. The purpose of this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to safely locate buried services using the cable avoidance tool (CAT) and generator (genny).

This standard is available to ATOs to preview before it’s finally published. You should make sure your course matches these details. This standard will eventually supersede the existing standard in development. 

Until then, continue to publicise your courses against the existing title on the Construction Training Directory.

Duration

Minimum half a day of 3 learning hours

Purpose/scope

The purpose of this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to safely locate buried services using the cable avoidance tool (CAT) and generator (genny).

The scope of this standard covers:

  • HSG47 requirements
  • locator operation, theory, limitations
  • using CAT and genny locators and software
  • inspection, calibration and testing equipment
  • safe working practices
  • permit to work.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.

Instruction/supervision

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • successfully completed training to this standard 
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience as a fitter
  • a verifiable CV.

Delivery

Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • workshop

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more practical training.

Assessment

For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.

Renewal/refresher

Recommended refreshment: Health & Safety Executive (HSE), other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training, (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

To be confirmed

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Identify the key requirements of HSG47
Outline the main components of buried service plans

 

Describe the operation of a CAT and genny locator

 

Use a CAT and genny locator and software

 

Inspect, calibrate, and test location equipment

 

Describe what a permit to work is, and why it is needed for detecting buried services

'Permit to work systems' guidance on the HSE website

 

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