Certified Locators are certified by industry experts to distinguish them from “DIY” or self-authorised locators. To gain certification locators must pass a comprehensive theory assessment and practical field assessment conducted by an industry assessor. Certified Locators will need to present appropriate equipment and demonstrate expertise to safely and competently use different locating techniques to accepted industry standards.


Gives your company’s certified locators access permissions to utility networks for the purposes cable and plant location. For now, only the Telstra infrastructure is included in this agreement. We are currently negotiating with several providers to include as many utilities into the process as possible – making the CLO program a one-stop shop.


This 3.5 hour training course covers the requirements and regulatory obligations of locating and identifying subsurface utilities for Site Managers, HSE Managers Supervisors and Leading Hands on construction sites where excavation work is proposed to be carried out.

The course will inform participants of their legislative obligations and will show how to apply Australian Standard 5488 to reduce the possibility of damage and additional cost.

DBYD Certification Ltd is ISO 9001 certified

DBYD Certification is proud to have achieved ISO 9001 Certification of quality management system standards for the provision of the Certified Locator, Certified Locating Organisation Program, the delivery of the Pre-Excavation Management Course and Skills Development Program.

What our customers say

I would recommend the 2-Day Underground Asset Location Program to all operators as it was well delivered and provided real situations in its simulations to identify changes in services which were not well covered in other training I had completed. The training materials are also an effective reference and can be easily searched due to significant pictures and diagrams to show relevant scenarios.

The 1-Day Asset Location Program by DBYD Certification Ltd was really great and allowed us to intimately understand the functionality and specific application of our equipment to suit our requirements. The course is structured in a way which was easy to understand and Steve slowly built on the amount and complexity of information provided so it was easy to digest. The practical component really cemented the workbook and enabled the users to get a feel for applying the training in an “on the job” scenario. Steve was able to reprogram our equipment and make it easier to use and understand and overall the training was greatly beneficial to our team.

I found the webinar informative and it has opened my eyes on the fact that services aren’t always where they are reported to be and also the levels associated with location accuracy, never knew how important the letters D,C,B,A in relation to services locations, on the plan were before… and the importance of using Certified Locators to keep my people safe.  I will definitely be spreading the word!

We became aware of DBYD Pre-Excavation Course late last year. I went and did the course myself and was very impressed.  Since that date we have put 115 Project Managers, Engineers, Foreman and WHSQ through the course. The feedback has been resoundingly positive.  Some of the most positive feedback we have got from training, relevant, practical and very well presented. I know it will help a great deal in helping us reduce service strikes on our sites. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Since NULCA Australia’s inception over 10 years ago, our main objective has been to improve the standard of locating across the country. We believe that the commitment of our committee and members has helped achieve this objective in conjunction with some major industry steps that include recognised locator training programs, the implementation of Australian Standard AS5488 and now this milestone of a national independent certification process. NULCA is proud to give its full support to the DBYD Locator Certification process.

I believe the Pre-Excavation Management Course should be mandatory for those delegating a team on an excavation site. Prior to attending the course I had a sense of false faith in the safety and accuracy of the utility plans. After completing the training, I have a much more cautious approach as plans can be inaccurate and may not include all services. I recommend this course 10/10 for safety. There are people’s lives at risk.

As CEO of a LG Council I will encourage all of our key staff to undertake the Pre-Excavation Management webinar. The whole process and importance of undertaking a DBYD assessment before undertaking any works and how to read and interpret the information was valuable. It was a professional presentation and the presenter had a great understanding of all the topics. The webinar showed very good examples and consequences of failing to gain proper information and or understanding the information.

Adrian’s knowledge of legislative obligations and techniques and procedures for working safely around sub surface utilities was exceptional. The Pre-Excavation Management course content was practical with real examples of what can go wrong if adequate preplanning is not implemented. Great course,  highly recommend it.

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