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ASTTBC Registered Utility Locator Technician (RULT)

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What is RULT?

The ASTTBC Registered Utility Locator (RULT) certification program is the first of its kind in BC. It is a professional designation created to recognize the experience and key competencies of utility locators who work in various industries and who provide invaluable support to the ground disturbance community. Those competencies, established by the ASTTBC policy, demonstrate that qualified practitioners can deliver an enhanced level of practice to ensure public safety.

Being awarded the right to carry the RULT designation demonstrates the following:

  • You have met the ASTTBC competency and enrollment standards
  • You are committed to a mandatory continuous professional development policy
  • You are held to a high standard of ethics and professionalism in practice and,
  • You are subject to periodic peer reviews and audits.

ASTTBC registered utility locator technicians provide the ground disturbance community and public with the confidence needed to complete projects competently and safely.

Angus – A current RULT member (full bearded)

How Do You Become a RULT?

To become a registered underground utility locator technician (RULT) an applicant must understand and apply all the principals of utility location including but not limited to; the process of verifying, identifying and labeling public and private utility mains and other services located primarily underground.

All RULT applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 2-years relevant work experience as an underground utility locator as well as providing a detailed project history. Applicants must adhere to the ASTT act, regulations and code of practice whilst working in accordance with all relevant national and international standards.

Registered Utility Locating Technicians (RULT) scanning a busy intersection

Why its important to use a RULT Locator

Any project, irrespective of size, has the potential to damage assets located around the work site, leading to service interruptions, delays, costly repairs and in worst case scenarios, significant workplace injuries. Safety is a fundamental aspect of any project and RULT locators provide the ground disturbance community with a wealth of technical expertise, providing critical support roles in relation to risk management by being registered industry leaders in their field.

Requesting RULT as part of an RFP

RFPs outline the bidding process and contract terms and provide guidance on how bids should be formatted and presented. Specifically requesting a qualified RULT locator as part of the tender process gives the client the highest level of confidence that they are hiring an industry recognized, qualified, utility locate technician and allows for fair comparable bids.

Additional information

The current RULT policy and further information can be found via the following link to the ASTTBC website –