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What is the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – Slinger Signaller?
The Slinger Signaller NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Lifting Operations is a work-based qualification that recognises the skills and competence of those already working in a role as a slinger signaller.
A slinger signaller, sometimes also referred to as a slinger banksman, plays an important part in the safe operation of cranes or other lifting equipment on a construction site.
The slinger signaller supervises the crane operator at work and provides direction either verbally or through hand signals to ensure the crane is operated safely.
This qualification comprises four mandatory competency-based units. The units cover general health and safety, productive working practices, attaching and preparing suspended loads, and guiding and positioning suspended loads.
Who is this qualification for?
The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations -Slinger/Signaller (Construction) qualification has been developed for achievement in a real workplace environment which means you need to be employed to undertake this qualification.
This qualification enables you, the learner, to demonstrate and recognise your skills, knowledge and understanding and to demonstrate your competence in a real workplace environment so you can work as a Slinger/Signaller within the construction industry.
You will be assessed against a set of performance and knowledge statements which have been derived from National Occupational Standards for your occupational area.
You will be assessed by an occupationally competent and qualified assessor whose job is to work with you and help you complete your qualification. This qualification supports the learner to attain enabling, fundamental and transferable practical skills with associated underpinning knowledge.
Completion of this NVQ will allow you to apply for a CPCS Competence card.
Mandatory Units (All to be completed)
- K/615/3405 Guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads in the workplace
- J/503/1169 Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
- A/503/1170 Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
- H/615/3404 Attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement using lifting accessories in the workplace
Why take the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – Slinger/Signaller?
Completing the Slinger Signaller NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations is an excellent way for those working as slinger signallers to consolidate their knowledge and prove their competence in their role with a nationally recognised qualification.
Those who hold a CPCS or NPORS Red Trained Operator Card will need to upgrade this within 2 years of receiving it to a CPCS or NPORS Blue Competent Operator Card. Completing this NVQ is the only route to applying for a Blue Competent Operator Card.
Many individuals working as slinger signallers have completed this level 2 NVQ to improve their employability and progress their career.
What are the entry requirements?
As this is a competency-based qualification, applicants must already be employed in a role where they work as a slinger signaller.
They should also already have a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card in their possession.
Candidates must provide evidence of their competence in carrying out the duties of a slinger signaller to pass the NVQ, so they must already be experienced and confident in their role.
How long does it take to complete and what does the course involve?
This is a competency-based qualification that can be completed whilst you’re at work alongside your job.
To pass the NVQ you must provide proof of your competence in each of the course’s criteria. The evidence you provide can come in a variety of forms including:
- Completed worksheets.
- Witness testimonies.
- A written record of conversations.
- Audio or video files.
All the evidence you gather should be compiled into a portfolio for submission and assessment.
The qualification can usually be completed in 6-12 months, but this timescale does vary from one applicant to the next depending on how much time they can commit to it.
How is the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – Slinger Signaller assessed?
This qualification is assessed solely on the portfolio of evidence submitted by the individual.
When you first sign up for the Level 2 slinger signaller NVQ you will be assigned an occupationally competent assessor who will provide you with guidance throughout completing the qualification and help you with gathering evidence when required to do so.
Most of your communication with your assessor will take place by telephone or email, but they may also visit you on-site to observe you at work and help with gathering evidence.
Once you and your assessor are satisfied that your portfolio is complete you will submit it internally for assessment. You will then either be marked as competent or not yet competent.
What will you gain from this qualification?
There are many benefits to taking this level 2 NVQ if you currently work as a slinger signaller in controlling lifting operations.
Completing the qualification can help individuals to consolidate their knowledge of best practices to carry out their role with skill and confidence. It is also a gateway to applying for your Blue Competent Operator industry card with either the CPCS or NPORS.
Possession of both the NVQ and a Competent Operator Card can help to improve your employability and progress your career in the industry.
Once you have completed the level 2 NVQ, you also have the option to keep developing your skills and knowledge and go on to take another NVQ at a higher level.
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