Slinger Signaller (Banksman) Training

Slinger Signaller training, CPCS, Red & Blue cards.

Many of the leading construction companies operating today have followed the lead of The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) which is the primary association for contractors operating in the UK.

They have decided that only plant operators and Slinger Signallers who hold a CPCS operators ticket will work on their sites, and more companies are following suit.

Before long it is expected that only people who carry a CPCS plant operator's card will be able to work on any construction site and carry out Slinger & Signaller operations.

This qualification was and still is commonly known as Slinger Banksman.

Make sure you are fully qualified to carry out Slinger Signaller operations, Your future may depend on it!

So what can you do?

If you are an experienced Slinger & Signaller, why not get yourself qualified to the country's leading competency card scheme, a CPCS operators card. Simply contact Industrial Training Services and we can handle the rest for you, with qualified assessors we can arrange for a test & test area with all the necessary equipment and make it available for you.

We at Industrial Training Services provide fully trained instructor/assessors for professional tuition and guidance, we can also assist you in gaining your NVQ qualification of competence.

Remember your CPCS Red card will only last for two years, in this time you need to complete your NVQ level 2 in plant operations to retain your card.

For your NVQ Assessment you have come to the right place - turn your red operator card into a blue competency card with our professional services.

Construction Skills Grants

If you are an employer in the construction industry and a Construction Skills (CITB) Levy payer then Grants are available for all CPCS Testing and CAA Training Programmes. All short duration courses could also be funded through the Construction Skills Grants Scheme.

Slinger Signaller CPCS card

There is only one category, so ensure you get it right.

A40A Slinger Signaller

Part One

To apply for a test only you must have a current Health & Safety test pass (within the last 2 years) to be able to sit a theory & practical test.

Part Two

A professional discussion on a one to one basis. The CPCS Tester will read out a question and you must answer correctly. The pass mark is approximately 80% and the duration of this test is 1 hour 15 minutes (maximum).

We do have Slinger Signaller study notes available on request at £10; all the answers to the questions are embedded in the text, they will also give you guidance on good practice that will help with the practical test.

Part Three

A practical test. We will supply the equipment and the test area, which meets the CPCS criteria. You will be given instructions by the CPCS tester and you have 1 hour 45 minutes (maximum) to complete the practical test.

No pre-training will be given if you book the test only

If you require training we have 2 options available for you

Option 1 - 2 Day

Singer Signaller semi-experienced operator course, this course is designed for Slinger Signallers with some previous experience.

Option 2 - 1 Day

Slinger Signaller refresher course, this course is designed for Slinger Signallers that have previously been certificated.

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • Provision & use of work equipment Regulations 1998.
  • Lifting operations & Lifting equipment Regulations 1998.
  • Risk Assessment.
  • British standard 7121, code of Practice and inspections.
  • Using the correct PPE for Slinger Signaller Operations.
  • Awareness of electricity and proximity hazards on site during Slinger Signaller operations.
  • Inspection of Slings & Lifting equipment.
  • Angles of slings, Safe working loads.
  • Safety in the use of various types of slings.
  • Eyebolts, straps, shackles, and lifting beams.
  • Working with the lift supervisor, appointed person.
  • Lifting considerations, minimum attributes of a Slinger Signaller.
  • Test and examination certificates.
  • Correct techniques in lifting operations.
  • Handling loads near persons.
  • Practical fault analysis for Chains, Shackles, Rings & Eyebolt.
  • Basic Slinger Signaller (Banksman) signals.
  • Slinging of uneven shaped and weighted loads.
  • Slinging and blind lifts.
  • Slinger Signaller theory & practical test.

If you wish to book a training course for the Slinger Signaller or just a test please call on 01268 560400


In order for a trained Slinger Signaller (Banksman) to move from a (RED CARD) through to a competent Slinger Signaller (BLUE CARD) the trainee will need to provide evidence of your practical abilities and working knowledge of the industry you are in. Your practical abilities should be relatively easy to assess and the assessor could complete in normally 2 site visits, but you will be required to provide additional tangible evidence in your knowledge of site procedures, security, company procedures etc.

However with the help of our experienced assessors you will find it a straight forward experience.

Once you have achieved your Slinger Signaller NVQ you can then apply for your Competent operators card (BLUE CARD) once you have this you are able to carry out Slinger Signaller operations on site for 5 years. You will also be issued with a logbook, you will need to log at least 300 Hours of experience carrying out Slinger Signaller operations over a 5 years period to enable you to renew your card, as well as passing the Health and Safety test you will also need to pass the new operators renewal test (coming soon).


A Slinger Signaller acts as the main person who by means of either two-way radio or hand signals will guide loads safely around site. Amongst their duties he/she would check the load and landing area to ensure it is safe to receive the load, he/she will also need to assess the weights of loads prior to lifting and ensure that the correct Slings and lifting equipment is used for the task. This person would be required on most sites to hold a CPCS Slinger Signaller competency card formally known as Slinger Banksman.

For further information contact 01268 560400 or