What type of Banksman Training do I need?
within the construction industry is usually carried out under one of the CPCS categories. CPCS is the Construction Industry Certification Scheme, which is run by accredited trainers and testers working with scheme administered by the Construction Industry Training Board.
There are two key CPCS categories for Banksman training
. The first of these is A40 (Slinger/Signaller) and the second is A73 - Vehicle/Plant Marshaller.If you looking at the A40 banksman training course, please bear in mind that it covers crane slinging and banksman activities and not vehicle banksman activities.
The Slinger/Signaller CPCS category is one of the most popular categories within the scheme, but the newer Vehicle/Plant Marshaller category is becoming more popular.
What does the Slinger/Signaller category involve?
CPCS Banksman training
courses are designed to lead to Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) qualifications, which allow those holding a valid qualification to carry a valid CPCS card. The A40 Slinger Signaller category is targeted those those involved in slinging loads for cranes and lifting equipment.
The Slinger Signaller needs to work in tandem with the crane driver who will not always have clear visibility of the loading area. The banksman elements of this CPCS qualification relates to being in charge of the crane movements from the point of loading and unloading using and using safe systems of communication between the Slinger Signaller and the crane driver.
A40 training courses aim to train operators in the theoretical and practical parts of the slinger/signaller role, and the objective of the course is pass the CPCS technical test.
Typically a course will comprise:
• How to calculate weights and sizes of loads and how to communicate this.
• How to select, use and maintain the appropriate lifting tackle
• How to clear and accept signals for moving a load
• The slinger/signaller’s responsibilities and how moving loads can affect the stability of a crane.
The testing regime at the end of the course includes a theory and practical element.
The level of training required will be commensurate with level of experience. For beginners there are foundation courses and for experienced workers there are shorter courses as less training will be required. It is important to take advice on how training you need, as taking the incorrect course could end up being an expensive mistake resulting in a need to re-train and re-site the CPCS tests.
What are the other Crane and Lifting Operations categories?
There are other CPCS categories relating to lifting activities, including A61 and A62. The A61 category is for Appointed persons lifting operations and his category is for those involved in managing lifting operations. The A62 Crane Supervisor course if for those supervising lifting operations. The A61 course is an off centre category and does not need to be delivered at a CPCS centre, but the A62 course is delivered at accredited centres.
There are no endorsements for the A61 or A62 courses, but candidates who already hold the A40 slinger signaller qualification and then complete A61 are also awarded the A62 category.