4.5 Locator Training

Facility Owner Locator

Practice Statement:

Locators are properly trained. Locator training is documented.

Practice Description:

Minimum training guidelines and practices are adopted for locator training. These guidelines and practices include the following:

  • Understanding system design/prints/technology
  • Understanding construction standards and practices for all types of facilities
  • Equipment training and techniques
  • Plant recognition training
  • Theory of locating
  • Daily operations
  • Facility owner/excavator relationships and image
  • Safety procedures per Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations/federal, state/provincial and local laws 
  • Written and field testing
  • Field training
  • Annual retesting

The National Utility Locating Contractors Association (NULCA) Locator Training Standards and Practices 1 represent an accepted model within the locate industry. Documentation of all training is maintained to ensure that facility locators have been properly trained.

  • 1. National Utility Locating Contractors Association, 2002. Locator Training Standards and
    Practices, Spooner, WI