EUSR Category 1 & 2 Combined: Locate Utility Services & Implement Safe (Digging) Excavating Practices

Half Day

The safety critical course includes both theoretical and practical assessments in order to increase the knowledge required to safely detect buried utility services as well as increasing the knowledge required for those working to safely excavate and maintain holes and trenches using both hand tools and hand held power tools These qualifications are often referred to as HSG47 or Cat & Genny training and Safe Digging Practices. Our instruction goes beyond traditional 'in-house' sessions and is mapped to both EUSR and National Occupational Standards. 

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Course Objectives

  • Underground legislation and guidance pertaining to underground services, excavation, construction and groundworks. Examples are: HSG47, HSWA 1974, HSG150, CDM 2015, Work at Height Regs 2015, PUWER 1998, Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, EUSMUNC06, EUSMUNC07, COSVR370 and EUSEPUS044
  • Interpret utility drawings and line search documents 
  • Demonstrate usage of cable location devices (Cat & Genny) in order to locate utility services 
  • Identify the dangers and hazards associated with carrying out ground survey detection
  • Accept the limitations of underground utility detection equipment and drawings 
  • Grasp the true costs of utility 'strikes' to contractors, stakeholders and wider society
  • Distinguish between good and bad practices via increased education in this specialist area
  • Identify ground/soil types and changeable conditions faced on-site 
  • Carry out or interpret Risk Assessment and Permits to Work 
  • Implement safe digging practices through hand digging techniques 


  • EU Skills - EUSR SMART card with photo id, qualification stated on back of card 
  • EU Skills – EUSR Virtual Registration is available upon request in lieu of plastic SMART card
  • Electronic Groundforce Training certificate also provided via email
  • EUSR qualifications are valid for 3 years,
  • On or before your qualification(s) expiry date you’ll need to renew in order for qualification(s) to stay on the EU Skills register

Who Will Benefit?

Managers, supervisors, safety professionals and/or operatives who are required to oversee and/or carry out work employing underground services detection devices.

Guided Learning Hours

The minimum guided learning hours for a EUSR Categories 1: Locate Utility Services (HSG47 and 2: Implement Safe (Digging) Excavating practices is nine hours.

CITB Cashback

Eligible for CITB cashback​.

We are an approved CITB Training Provider meaning CITB Levy payers can claim cashback on a number of courses. 

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Please note:

  • EUSR qualifications that have not yet been registered by our administration team won’t show. For example, if you were on a course yesterday.
  • EUSR qualifications that are expired won’t display (even if 1 single day expired)
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Date13 May 2024 -14 May 2024
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Duration2 days
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£458Per person(Excl VAT)

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