CICES has entered a training partnership with a joint venture from CSTA Global and Blue Hat. The partnership will see CICES-approved training delivered on aspects of non-intrusive buried services location training and utility mapping. Pre-existing qualifications from CSTA-Blue Hat range from a level 2 award in the location of underground utilities through to a level 6 diploma in utilities mapping and surveying. It is the first geospatial engineering training partnership for the institution and follows a rigorous submission process assessed by the CICES Utilities and Subsurface Mapping Panel and CICES Training.
Steve Walker, Managing Director of CSTA Global, commented: “This is an incredible opportunity to be able to deliver high calibre training provision across the utility mapping and surveying sector. Joining forces with CICES and Blue Hat means we have experienced professionals working to educate the industry.”
Colin and Jill Tickle, Managing Directors of Blue Hat Services commented: “It is an honour to work with CICES and CSTA Global, which makes us a formidable educational team for the industry. This is the first time EM [electromagnetic] and GPR [ground penetrating radar] technology has come together in a single course with a recognised industry body.”
Details of the courses being run by the partnership will be released later this year and will include theory and practical elements. Chris Preston, CICES president, said: “I am delighted to get this partnership in place. We have a strong partnership with Driver Trett for commercial management training, and now we have a very promising partnership in place for this specialist aspect of geospatial engineering. I am looking forward to seeing this develop over the next 12 months.”