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What to expect on a slinger signaller course

Slinger signaller directing a crane

Slinger signaller training equips individuals with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills they require to competently work as signallers in the construction industry.

The slinger signaller is part of the lifting team and works alongside other members of the team to ensure that lifting operations are carried out safely.

Signallers play a crucial role in ensuring that the construction site is a safe place to work. You will need to have completed an accredited course in slinger signaller training before a construction site will employ you.

In this article, you can find out more about what to expect when you enrol on a slinger signaller course.

Who is it for?

Signaller training is suitable for anyone who wants to be employed in a role as a slinger signaller on a construction site.

You do not need to have any previous experience working as a signaller or in the construction industry to take this course.

You will however need to have good written and spoken English and have passed the Health, Safety, and Environment Test for Operatives (HS&E Test) in the last two years.

How long is the course?

The length of slinger signaller training depends on a couple of different factors, including whether the individual taking the course has any prior experience in the role and whether they are taking the CPCS accredited slinger signaller course or NPORS accredited slinger signaller course.

The course can take anything from one to four days to complete when taking the CPCS accredited course or one to three days with the NPORS accredited course.

If you are completely new to the role and have no previous experience working as a slinger signaller then you will be required to take the full course. This is a 4-day course on the CPCS route or a 2-day course if you are taking the NPORS course.

Those who have previously worked as slinger signallers and are competent in the role but require certification of their competence may be able to attend a shorter, two-day, CPCS experienced worker course or take a one-day assessment with the NPORS.

What will I learn?

When you enrol on a full, accredited, slinger signaller course, you will receive both theory and practical training in the responsibilities and duties of a signaller.

Key areas that slinger signaller training covers are:

  • The laws and regulations surrounding cranes and lifting operations (including LOLER 1998 and BS 7121).
  • The role and duties of a slinger signaller.
  • The operational requirements of different lifting tasks.
  • Standardised hand signals for clear communication with the crane operator.
  • Lifting techniques.
  • The features of different types of lifting equipment.
  • How to use lifting equipment safety.
  • How to safely attach and detach loads.
  • Common hazards and how to prevent them.

The course content of your slinger signaller training may vary slightly depending on your level of experience, the course you take, and your requirements.

Most people that require CPCS accredited training take the A40A Slinger Signaller course for all machines, including pick and carry duties. Several other CPCS slinger signaller courses are also available for those who have more specific training requirements, these include the A40B slinger signaller training for static cranes only and the A40E slinger signaller training for telehandlers only.

When you choose to train with a professional and experienced company like our team here at SB Skills, you may also be able to request that your training be tailored to your precise requirements or to the environment that you will be working in.

How is the course assessed?

At the end of your slinger signaller training, you will be required to take two assessments, a practical test, and a theory test. Both assessments are usually completed on the same day.

Where is the training carried out?

When you choose to complete your signaller training with SB Skills, you can either attend training at our test training centre in Burscough, Lancashire or request that our instructors carry out on-site training at your place of employment if the facilities meet the course’s requirements.

What certification will I receive?

Once you have completed the course and passed the assessments you will receive certification of your competence from the construction scheme that accredits the course, either the CPCS or the NPORS.

If you don’t yet have a relevant NVQ, you will receive a Trained Operator Card which is valid for two years. If you do have a relevant NVQ then you will receive your Competent Operator Card.

To find out more about the slinger signaller courses we offer here at SB Skills, please get in touch by calling us on 01695 558420 or complete our online contact form, and we’ll be back in touch as soon as possible.

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