Live Underground Line Locator Training Course Presented from a Virtual Platform

This is a four-part course with 4 individual classes presented back to back on the day of training.  If you miss the training course or any of the 4 classes, for any reason, you can attend a live makeup class.  Each student receives a 30 day training pass to register in any if our publicly scheduled line locating classes or webinars. This allows greater flexibility for attending.  Each class is a prerequisite to the course testing.

Printable course materials, written testing and other training resources will be made accessible on your personal student dashboard.

Live Virtual Course Description

Lesson 1 (7:30AM-9AM PST) Damage Prevention Orientation and Site Marking Communications

This course provides you with an orientation into the shared interest and common ground that we all share in preventing excavation damages from occurring. Excavation site markings are an ongoing conversation in progress on all excavation job sites. Gain a valuable understanding of each site marking placed on site and what the mark is communicating. The practical knowledge you will gain will enable you to read the site markings on any excavation understand the conversation.

Lesson – 2 (9AM-11:30 AM PST) Locating Theory and Equipment Operations 

Participants of this course will gain a valuable understanding of signal wave theory and how it applies to line locating equipment.   You will also gain practical knowledge that you can use right away. The course provides a detailed review of each method for applying detectable signals with an EM transmitter. Develop or sharpen your skills for utilizing any signal receiver to search for, pinpoint and trace buried pipes and cables.  You will also gain valuable information and techniques for identify and overcome locating problems caused by signal distortion and signal interference

Live Field Demonstrations on Several Types of Locating Devices. Hands on training puts you in the virtual driver’s seat on several different types of equipment!

‘This is not an equipment specific training course. Live demonstrations of several models and brands of locating equipment will be presented by the instructor outdoors while streaming the video.  Participants are placed in the virtual driver’s seat with a bird’s eye view while operating multiple locating units. Participants are encouraged to hook up their own locating equipment and ask any questions they may have about its operations, while it is in their hands.


Lesson-3 (12:30PM-2:00PM PST) Locator Safety and Line Locating Key Fundamentals 

This course will you through the key fundamental phases of the task or receiving an 811 notification and completing the locating process.  The line locating thought process in covered in detail from the time a locator arrives to the jobsite to the planned departure from the site.  Emphasis is placed on creating a safe and strategic locating plan for each job.   Participants will be able to apply a mental checklist prior to and during the challenge of line locating


Lesson-4 (2:00PM-4:00PM PST) Troubleshooting Problem Locates

This class will prepare you to recognize and react to line locating problems when they occur.  This course provides participants with a base of knowledge to recognize when a problem is occurring and the skills to apply corrective actions to gain the desired results.   Participants of this course will receive a troubleshooting chart to use in time of need.


 Printable course materials and other resources are accessible from your private student dashboard.  From your dashboard you can also preview the presentation used for each lesson to better prepare for the class and as a refresher while taking the testing. 

Testing and Certifications

You will have the option of online testing. A digital certificate of completion is awarded when you pass. The online testing is divided into specific areas of knowledge. Participants may retake any specific area of testing if needed, after reviewing the materials for that specific testing block. The questions on each specific area of testing are randomly selected from a question pool.