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NPORS Cable avoidance tool training (CAT & GENNY) – N304

Awarding Body:

National Plant Operators Registration Scheme - NPORS

Training course type:

On-site training and assessment

Novice training course duration:

1 day

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:



Cable avoidance tool

Card options:

5-year NPORS traditional card & certificate

Minimum age:



If required


Tuppco instructors

What is a cable avoidance tool?

Cable Avoidance Tools assist in identifying the location of buried cables and pipes before excavation, reducing the risk of injury to personnel and damage to utilities. This is included in the TUPPCO NPORS Cable avoidance tool training (CAT & GENNY) training course N304.

What does the TUPPCO NPORS Cable avoidance tool training (CAT & GENNY) training course include?

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an operator
  • Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular equipment to be used with other sourses of information and relevant legislation
  • Be able to locate and identify the controls of the machine and explain their functions
  • Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturers and legislative requirements
  • Configure the equipment for use
  • Define underground services
  • Know how to identify the different types of underground services
  • Carry out detection tasks
  • Identify the risks of excavating near to underground services, and the safe digging practices that should be adopted.
  • Environmental considerations
  • Storage and transport of cable avoidance tool
  • Carry out all end of shift and shut down procedures

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to operate equipment
  • Known underground services
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Cable avoidance tool and genny
  • Operators’ manual
  • Risk assessment completed

PPE Requirements:

  • Suitable head protection
  • Suitable eye protection
  • Suitable work clothes including wet weather
  • Gloves
  • Suitable work boots including steel toe protection
  • High Viz

HSE further information:

Theory assessment:

  • 20 multiple choice questions
  • 5 written questions
  • 4 marks per question
  • 80% pass mark required

Practical assessment criteria:

  • Pre use and operational checks
  • Demonstrate safe and efficient use of machines
  • Demonstrate pinpointing and tracing in “P” mode
  • Demonstrate pinpointing and tracing in “R” mode
  • Demonstrate pinpointing and tracing in “A” mode
  • Shut down and storage requirements
  • Pass mark is less than 20 penalty points and no mandatory disqualifications
  • Time allowed is 1 hour

Where are the TUPPCO NPORS Cable avoidance tool training (CAT & GENNY) on-site training courses delivered:

Southwest – Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire

Southeast – Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex

Midlands – Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire

East Anglia – Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk

Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Hungerford, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton, Stroud, Swindon, Taunton, Warwick, Winchester, Witney, Worcester, Yeovil


Attachments training can be included

Recognised industries:

Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, Marine, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying, Environmental,

Known as:

Cable avoidance tool, CAT, CAT scanner,


Cscope, CAT


Detecting underground services including electric and radio

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