Manhole Guard

A Manhole Guard, or Outside Guard, is an employee charged with supervising workers, operations and safety issues related to confined spaces. A manhole guard is as close as possible to the opening (hole) of a confined space.


  • Instructors with years of experience.
  • Professional training setup available for hands-on exercises
  • Experience in training experienced, inexperienced, national and international participants.
  • Extensive time is taken to practice well in addition to theory.
  • Get your Manhole Guard (Outside Guard) certificate by taking advantage of STAP subsidy.

Take a manhole guard course and get certified?

After this training, you will know how to safely supervise confined spaces as a manhole guard and how to act in an emergency situation.

SOG Exam

We offer employees at (petro-)chemical plant sites the option of concluding the training with an SOG exam that meets the guidelines of the Stichting Samenwerken Voor Veiligheid (SSVV).

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The teaching material

Teaching Theory

The training consists of the following theory section:

  • Basic concepts

  • Legislation (Occupational Health and Safety Act)

  • General safety and environmental regulations

  • Specific risks

  • Communications

  • Measures to work safely

  • Work permit

  • Alarm situation

Teaching Practice

And from the following practical lessons:

  • Work permit and communications equipment

  • Escape direction

  • Environment and exterior of confined space

  • Resources

  • Supervision

  • Access and attendance control

  • Alarm situation

  • Leaving space safely

Duration of training and exam

The training lasts 1 day and concludes with an exam. With satisfactory results, the diploma “Working as a Manhole Guard (Outside Guard)” is obtained. The diploma is valid for 3 years.

The combination training course in FAFS & Manhole Watch (Outside Watch) lasts 1 day. The FAFS certificate is hereby valid for 1 year.

Requirements and details
No specific prior education is required for the Working on Flange Joints course.

  • A valid VCA certificate is required for this course
  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You have a command of the Dutch language both verbally and in writing

Training dates and prices

  1. Manhole Guard (Outside Guard) Training (SOG).
    Basic: € 365,- |Repeat : € 300,-
  2. FAFS & Outside Watch/Manghole Watch Combi Training (Step Budget): € 799.

Prices quoted are excl. 21% VAT.