NPORS Cable Avoidance Tools (N304)

Course Summary

This NPORS accredited course is designed for anyone who works or wants to work with Cable Avoidance Tools

Course Objectives

By the end of this course delegates will be able to answer and perform the following:

  • 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 manufacturers handbook for the particular equipment to be used and be familiar with other sources of information and relevant legislation
  • Be able to locate and identify the controls of the equipment and explain their functions
  • Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturers and legislative requirements
  • Define underground services
  • Know how to identify the different types of underground services
  • Identify risks that underground services can present and how people may be affected by them
  • Causes of accidents from underground services
  • Conduct all necessary safety checks at the work area
  • Carry our detection tasks
  • Identify the risks of excavating near to underground services, and the safe digging practices that should be adopted
  • Carry out all end of shift and safe storage procedures

Maximum number of learners

Novice: 6

Refresher: 6


Novice: 1 day

Refresher: 1 day


Theory question paper.

Practical assessment.


Delegates will be awarded a NPORS ID card, valid for 5 years.

If required, a certificate of attendance can also be provided at an additional charge.


Please get in contact either by phoning the office on 028 30 838 267 or by emailing to discuss a price.


We run this course at our premises in Newry and for our clients across Northern Ireland, the UK and the Republic of Ireland at their premises or a suitable site of their choosing.

*The following course(s) have been registered by CITB NI for grant assistance to registered in scope employers