5 key facts about banksman training
CPCS course or not?
The first issue to address is whether to do a CPCS or Construction Plant Safety Scheme course or not? This is easily resolved. The CPCS only offer banksman training
for those delegates involved in slinging crane loads. Therefore if you need a vehicle slinging course you should opt for an in-house option, usually available for groups of people from a training provider.
If it is the CPCS banksman course you need, then there are a few additional pieces of information that you should know. Firstly the course is known as A40. Knowing the category will help you quickly identify the course when booking, making the process much quicker and more accurate.
Secondly, to complete any CPCS training course, you must first hold a CSCS health and safety touch screen test. This can be achieved by booking a test at one of the many centers around the UK. It is a multiple choice quiz, run on a touch screen computer that is designed to ensure you know the basics of health and safety on site, before progressing onto other tasks.
To complete a CPCS banksman training
course, or indeed any CPCS course, your CSCS qualification be no more that two years old. If yours is older than this, you will need to follow the steps above, to get it renewed.
The third point to be aware of when booking a banksman training
course, is that there are two types of CPCS card available. The first type if the red card. The red card is designed to show that plant operators have been trained in a specific category. It lasts for two years, in which operators are able to work with that machinery on site. Once it has run out, it cannot be renewed for the same category, so operators must then proceed onto a blue card.
There are two types of banksman training
red card courses on offer. The first is the experienced worker course. This is aimed at those banksman that have had some experience on site in this role, but feel that the need some additional preparation for the theory side of the test. Such courses usually last two days, the first day being taken up with theory training and the second day for the theory and pratical test.
The second type of red card banksman training
available is the novice course. These courses are longer than the experienced worker courses as they include theory and practical training. They are aimed at those operatives who have little or no previous experience with this type of machine.
The second type of card available for banksman training is the blue card. This card is designed to show that operatives are competent on a specific piece of machinery or at a specific role. The blue card is the same as a NQV and so can be kept in date with relevant log book hours and by holding a valid CSCS card.
Some operators with a lot of experience choose to complete a blue card course right away. They need a lot of experience as there is no training involved in these courses, it is just the assessments. Others however choose to progress through the card system, starting with a red card, and then moving on to a blue card, once the red is nearing expiry.