Getting qualified as a CPCS slinger
Point one – Do you need a vehicle slinging qualification or a crane slinging qualification?
This is a really important question in slinger training
as there can be one confusion between the two type of slinging. Vehicle slinging is directing vehicles to the correct place, while crane slinging concerns directing loads correctly. Its vital to note that the CPCS do not do a course for vehicle slingers, only crane slingers. If you need a vehicle slinging course, you need to locate a provider that can run an in-house course for you. You will often need a group of candidates to be trained together.
Point two – A red card novice course
Another vital issue in slinger training
is that your experience will dictate the type of course you should do. If you have very little or no experience, then a novice red card course is the best option. A novice course is the best option for those that have little or no experience, because it involves practical and theory training as well as the theory and practical test.
If you have no experience, it is unlikely you will pass the tests without any training. It like having a normal driving test, when you have never even been in a car! Remember too that you cannot do the practical test if you fail the theory, so you would have to book and pay for them both again. You can see then that the preparation is a good investment for increasing your chances of a first time pass.
Point three – A red card experienced worker course
Another type of slinger training
is the red card experienced worker course. If successfully completed this course results in a red card or trained worker qualification, which is the same as the qualification described above. The difference in this slinger training course is that it only includes theory training. That means to do this course, you are expected to be competent in the practical aspects of crane slinging, so you will need to have some previous experience.
Point four – A blue card course
The other slinger training
option is to complete a blue card. This is a more advanced option as successful completion results in a competent worker qualification. To gain a blue card you must complete a theory and practical CSCS test and the NQV. There is no training included in blue card courses. Blue cards last indefinitely if kept in date, while red cards are only valid for two years and cannot be renewed. To keep a blue card in date candidates must keep their log book hours up to date and have a valid CSCS TST.
Point five- a up to date CSCS TST
This brings us to the last point for slinger training
. To enroll on a course you need to have a CSCS TST that was passed no more than two years ago. If your TST is older than this, make sure you use one of the mobile or fixed sites throughout the UK to get this done.