EUSR Categories 3, 4, 5 – Install, Inspect & Remove Excavation Systems

The standard when working with excavation support systems

This multi EUSR Categories 3, 4, 5 – Install, Inspect & Remove Excavation Systems course covers the minimum training and assessment required for those working to install, inspect and remove timber, steel and proprietary excavation support systems. The standard has been derived from National Occupational Standards and incorporates the relevant requirements of HSE HSG150, HSE HSG47 guidance, R97 CIRIA Trenching Practice and City & Guilds Level 2 Awards in Excavation Support Systems (6146-21). Each category is mapped against National occupational standards. All our EUSR courses are delivered by tutors who have amassed years of experience and knowledge working within the Construction, Utility and Civil Engineering Sectors.

As well as theoretical knowledge, this course also includes practical training and installation of ground support systems undertaken in a realistic training environment.


Managers, supervisors, safety professionals and/or operatives who are required to oversee or carry out work in or around excavations. If you physically install, inspect or remove shoring systems and haven’t had any formal training, this course is essential to minimise risk to yourself and those around you.


  • Identify the dangers and hazards associated with working in excavations
  • Differentiate between soil types and conditions
  • Recognise suitable ground retention systems
  • Carry out risk assessments unique to excavations
  • Recognise the hazards, and implement control measures for those hazards
  • Be able to safely install, inspect, and remove timber, steel and proprietary shoring equipment with practical experience in doing so
  • Interpret specific temporary works design



DELIVERY METHODS: Open Course | On-Site.

NUMBER OF LEARNERS: 8 learners per day.

ASSESSMENT: Learners are assessed through observations.

CERTIFICATION: Upon successfully completing this course will receive an EUSR photo ID card with this qualification stated on the back of the card.

COMPETENCY: Learners are able to understand and recognise hazards associated with Excavation works.


REFRESHER:  Categories 3,4 and 5 have a one-day refresher course which is taken every three years when your certificate has expired. Categories 3,4 and 5 refresher is a condensed version of each category, and covers industry updates, amended guidance notes, amongst other relevant topics. This refresher includes a classroom and a live dig excavation session. This practical session includes the installation of timber, steel and/or proprietary systems (aluminum walers with steel/timber sheets/single and double acting frames/trench/manhole boxes), followed by the safe extraction and reinstatement of the excavations. All these are done to a specific temporary works design.

These courses can also be ran separately as single unit courses or together as multi unit courses. The minimum guided learning hours for a combination of three categories is sixteen hours.



SHORT COURSE GRANT: This course is eligible for the following short course grant via CITB:-

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SKILLS & TRAINING FUND: Are you a CITB-Registered employer, up to date with your Levy return and employ between 1-250 direct staff or CIS (No PAYE). If you answered yes, this training MAY be offset with funding as part of an application for between £2,500 up to £25,000 for training your workforce. Click our link for more information and/or contact the PGL team for our dedicated application support service: Skills and Training fund – CITB

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EUSR Category 5 Install Inspect Remove Proprietary Support Systems
  • Course name
    EUSR Categories 3, 4, 5 - Install, Inspect & Remove Excavation Systems
  • Info
    This EUSR course covers Categories 3, 4, and 5, training in timber, steel, and proprietary excavation support systems. It aligns with industry standards and includes hands-on practical training in a realistic environment.
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