Cable Avoidance Tool the first C, in our series of short blogs looking at the A to Z of courses we do.

Cable Avoidance Tool or CAT for short, are often used with Genny (the signal generator), they are radio detection machines used to locate under ground services. Buried live power cables emit a low electrical frequency, and by using a CAT & Genny these can be located and the cable layout marked in the area you are scanning.


Course ratios – Cable Avoidance Tool

The course durations, training and testing ratios are

One day for up to 6 delegates

Here is a link to the course syllabus blog, containing all the information you need to know about the training we can offer.

Cable Avoidance Tool


Upon successful completion of the course the candidates will received a Kentra Training ID card (credit card size) detailing the course completed.

In addition, we have the option to register the training with our Awarding Body NPORS.   If your candidates are working offsite or on other peoples premises a recognised Awarding Body membership maybe advantageous. Prior to training we would apply to NPORS to register the course and upon successful completion of the course we would apply for the candidates 5 year membership with the NPORS scheme.

NPORS Course Name :  N304 Cable Avoidance Tool

Training locations

At Kentra we have always provided on-site training, coming to you and delivering the training in your own space.  On-site training is available for the CAT & Genny  course, we will need a room for the theory session and a safe area for the practical session, to supply a CAT & Genny machine, calibrated and in good working order.

A service  plan of the area where the practical session is to take place, to verify that  the candidate has correctly found the underground services (service plan).

To provide an alternative we opened our Training Centre in October 2018, and have achieved NPORS accreditation, meaning that you can come to us and we can register the training with the awarding body if required.

Training with us couldn’t be simpler, once you are booked on to the course all you need to bring is yourself and any personal PPE you may prefer.  All the equipment and safety PPE is provided and we will provide the equipment and accessories for the course, however if you wish to bring any of your own equipment this is perfectly fine to do so and we can then train you on the machinery you are used to working with.

Due to the nature of the courses we provide, we also ask that candidates clothing be suitable for practical use of the equipment, including Safety Boots where possible.

How we can help

Speaking of help, at Kentra we like to assist our clients with helping to arrange your training needs.  We have customers from all walks of life, self employed lone workers to multi national blue chip companies and its a pleasure to talk to you all.   If you would like more information about the courses we offer, click HERE for a link to our brochure or please  get in touch and let us help you though.

The Kentra Training Team

01606 832 556.

Cable Avoidance Tool

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