Congratulations to Ben Giles from Utility Scan in New Plymouth for successfully completing the theory and practical assessments and in doing so becoming the first beforeUdig Certified Locator in NZ.
Pictured is assessor Steve Wood congratulating Ben following his 2-hour practical exam.
About beforeUdig Locator's certification
Locators in New Zealand now have the opportunity to have their skills and knowledge tested and certified by industry experts. The certification will formally recognise if this professional has a proven capability standard to complete all types of location work upon accepted industry standards.
Andrew Healy – beforeUdig Country Manager – reports that "the interest levels have been high, and we anticipate many locators will want to obtain this independent certification of competency". The certification will encourage individuals, companies and utilities to distinguish themselves from DIY or self-authorised locators, as well as raising awareness of the importance of continued professional development and training.
The beforeUdig Locator Certification has launched hot on the heels of newly formed NULCA NZ, the industry association representing underground service Locators and those involved in locating and protecting New Zealand's underground infrastructure. According to Innes Fisher - President of NULCA - "this is a critical step towards a better industry. Nulca NZ will be working hard to create the education and career development frameworks needed for a strong and highly skilled locating sector. This will include helping Locators build the technical knowledge and practical skills necessary for Certification".