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1 day course
Theory 405 minutes
Assessment 45 minutes

Breaks for refreshments are included in this overall total

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This Tunnelling Safety Training Scheme (TSTS) is a 1 day course for those who work or wish to work in the tunnel construction industry. This course is perfect for those new to the tunnelling industry and a good refresher for those with more experience.

This course was developed by industry experts – and is accredited by the CITB and supported by the British Tunnelling Society (BTS) and Tunnel Skills.  

Due to the nature of the training course and the emphasis placed on communication, there is only a provision for the assessments to be undertaken in English. Therefore, candidates for this type of training must be able to understand and speak the English language. 

We also offer the 1 day  City & Guilds Tunnel Entry and Associated Emergency Procedures (TEEP) course, and can run this and the TSTS course on consecutive days at your premises. We offer a discount when booking both courses to run at your premises.

This TSTS course covers many different safety aspects of the industry, working environments and potential hazards someone may face when working on a tunnelling site.

On this course, delegates will learn:

  • Tunnel construction methods, operations conducted within this phase and their impact on the environment
  • The health, safety and occupational health hazards and risks of working in tunnelling environments
  • Legislation and standards relating to tunnelling and tunnelling environment procedures – including confined spaces, exclusion zones and emergencies
  • Risk assessments and risk management
  • What is expected of them by way of safe conduct and behaviour whilst working in a tunnelling environment

After completing this course, delegates will:

  • Be aware of legislation and standards specific to tunnelling
  • Know the health, safety and occupational hazards and PPE requirements in the tunnelling environment
  • Be able to understand risk assessment principles and risk management practice in a tunnelling environment, and how these risks are identified and communicated
  • Know the generic operations taking place within portals, shaft top and pit bottom areas and their relevance to the tunnelling operation
  • Appreciate the basic principles of tunnel construction, tunnelling methods, and their inherent risks, and how each method is influenced by ground types
  • Understand the hazards and the controls required with plant, equipment and services in tunnelling operations.

To view the full course timetable click here. 

This course is taught by experienced, highly trained instructors. All of our trainers have experience working in hazardous environments and understand the conditions delegates may face at work.

A high proportion of our trainers are also real-life rescuers who attend emergency operations in the UK and around the world.

Delegates who successfully complete this course will receive a CITB qualification and certificate.

To pass this course, delegates must pass a written multiple-choice test. It forms part of the overall assessment as to whether the delegate has successfully achieved a satisfactory level of tunnelling health and safety awareness for a certificate of achievement to be issued.

Certification lasts for 3 years.


1 trainer to 20 candidates

  • Theory training
  • Assessment

If you book this course online, you can pay for the course by debit or credit card.

If you wish to pay via an invoice, please enquire about the course and our team will contact you to complete the booking.

Courses start at 8.45am and finishes at about 3.30pm


Course materials, refreshments and a light lunch are provided.

CITB certificates are posted as soon as we receive them (usually within 4 weeks).

Joining instructions are sent by email – which are usually received on the same day but always within 48 hours of booking.

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Yes, free parking is available at all our UK training centres for course candidates.

Very good course. The instructor made a really good job of presenting it.
 Paul Burnett
Very professional and knowledgeable trainers, who keep blokes who normally work outside, from falling asleep in a classroom.
Christian Wilkinson 
“Nothing needs improving. Course delivered and explained very well.”
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The Benefits

  • We are a leading authority in confined space and at height technical rescue and we never rest in our goal to keep people safe.

  • We practice what we preach – our trainers are also operational rescue team members – so have real life stories to make the theory come alive.

  • We deliver best-in-class training so that anyone attending courses leaves capable of applying the knowledge to real-life situations.

  • Most of our courses are highly practical and feedback from delegates is excellent.

  • Nationwide service from our eight Training and Rescue Centres across the UK.

  • Are employed by us and trained to our own exacting standards.

  • Have real-life experience of working in high-risk environments and often share these with candidates.

  • Understand recognised learning styles and quickly adapt their delivery based on the needs of those being trained.

  • Ensure delegates are engaged by punctuating training with tests, quizzes and practical sessions.

  • Where possible, include information specific to delegates’ working practices so they leave ready to apply the learning in their day-to day roles.

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