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NRSWA Unit 1 Location & Avoidance of Underground Apparatus

Course Reference



1 day


Experienced operatives who are required to locate underground apparatus on the highway.


To provide support and direction to assist experienced operatives to avoid danger from underground apparatus through effective location techniques.


On successful completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  Identify the safe working methods to locate and find utilities apparatus

Interpret drawing office records

Be proficient in the use of appropriate plant location equipment e.g.Cat & Genny

Recognise damage to utilities apparatus

Undertake the unit 1 assessment.

Succesful participants will achieve unit 1 certification from the awarding body.


The course will cover:
  • Avoiding danger from underground apparatus (HSG47)
  • Drawing office records
  • Laying positions of utilities apparatus (NJUG 7)
  • Identification of utilities apparatus
  • Unit 1 assessment


Lecture, demonstration, written & practical exercises and assessment


Experienced in the use of plant location and avoidance equipment.

NB. Participants must provide PPE appropriate to activities to be undertaken. Please see joining instructions for more information.

“They are very flexible in their delivery and always willing to listen to any feedback from our apprentices.”

Jacqui Woodward, Technical Programme Delivery Co-ordinator, United Utilities

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