If you are an inexperienced or new locator it is highly recommended that you complete the Locate Management online training course “Utility Advanced Line Locating (UALL)” as a first step. The online training course provides an excellent foundation for aspiring locators and will give you a sound knowledge base prior to enrolling into a face-to-face training course.


Start with the free Self-Assessment.  Here, you will be asked a series of questions about your expertise.

The Self-Assessment will help you understand what areas you will be assessed on during the Theory and Practical Assessments.  If there are criteria within the Self-Assessment where you are not confident, it is in your interest not to enrol into the program until you have increased your expertise in those areas (or have all required equipment); otherwise you may find you do not pass the assessment.

Once the Self-Assessment has been successfully completed, you will be asked to formally enrol in the DBYD Certification process and make payment.  After successful enrolment, you will receive an email with log-in details and can proceed to the Theory Assessment.

Theory Assessment

Please allow at least one hour to complete the Theory Assessment.

The online Theory Assessment asks you a number of multiple choice questions about locating.  If you are successful, you will be contacted by DBYD Certification Ltd to schedule your practical assessment.  If you are unsuccessful, you may attempt the assessment again, up to a maximum of two times.

If you are unable to successfully complete the theory assessment after two attempts, you will receive a recommendation to undertake further training and experience.

Note: To undertake the Theory Assessment please ensure you have a functional WebCam and are not using Internet Explorer 

Practical Assessment

The practical assessment will be conducted by an assessor at a selected field location.  Once the location date and time have been agreed, cancellation fees may apply (see terms and conditions on enrolment).

If you successfully complete your Practical Assessment, your DBYD Certification will be awarded to you.  You will receive a wallet-sized card and Certificate.

If you do not successfully complete the Practical Assessment, the assessor will provide you with feedback indicating areas that require further training and experience.  After further developing your skills you will have the opportunity of attempting the DBYD Certification process again (minimum one month waiting period). Please note that this will involve payment of a re-assessment fee.  It is strongly recommended that you do not undertake the practical assessment until you are confident against all criteria in the Self-Assessment questionnaire.

Note: To undertake the skills assessment you must present with the required equipment.