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Level 2 Award in Utility Avoidance and the Location of Buried Services in Construction


L2 Award in Utility Avoidance and the Location of Buried Services in Construction.

Level:                                              Level 2

Total Qualification Time:                 20

Guided Learning Hours:                 10

Regulated Qualification Code:        601/1885/6

To achieve the qualification candidates must complete the mandatory unit.

Unit Reference Number                               Title           Unit Level
L/505/7112 Utility Location and Avoidance in Construction                  1

Course Duration

Minimum 6 hours

Maximum number: 12

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 and 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

Client Requirements

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


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:

  • Assignments/projects/reports
  • Worksheets
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Record of oral and/or written questioning
  • Candidate test papers

Do I need to complete this qualification again?

NO. This is a lifetime qualification and there are no requirements to carry out this qualification again once achieved.

However – to maintain your continual professional development (CPD) on changes in legislation, safe working practices and equipment developments a 3-year cycle of training should be undertaken, this would be achieved through attending a ½ day refresher course for Detection of Buried Services training.

CITB Levy registered business information

Qualifications can be delivered in a number of ways as defined within the approved standard, including through on-site assessment (OSAT). This grant is available for all directly employed Pay As You Earn (PAYE) staff and all sub-contractors.

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.