Before deciding which slinger training
route to take, the first task is to make sure that the A40 course is the right one for you. Bear in mind that while the course is for slinger signllaers, it is focused on crane loads not vehicle slinging and signalling. You will need a core CSCS touch screen test before enrolling on the course and it is useful to know that it is an on centre course. This means you will have to travel to a CPCS centre to complete the technical tests, as the trainer will not be able to come to your site due to CPCS regulations.
If you have no experience in slinging:
If you wish to gain a CPCS qualification in slinger training
, but have no experience in this field, a novice course is the best option for you. A novice course includes preparation and the CPCS technical test. The preparation will last from 4-2 days depending on your confidence level and the how the training provider offers the course. During this preparation time, the trainer will take you through the theorical and practical elements of working as a slinger signaller that you will need. After the preparation, a day will be set aside in which to complete the technical test. This is made up of two parts, theory and practical. If you do not pass the theory section, you will not be able to progress to the practical.
Successfully completing this form of slinger training
, will qualify you for a CPCS red card. This will be valid for two years, allowing you to work on site as a trained operator for this time. If you need to work on site for longer that this initial two years, you will need to upgrade your card to a blue card (competent operator) by doing an NVQ.
Two years experience – 2 routes.
If you have two years experience, there is a choice of slinger training
routes available to you.
The first is to complete a red card as above, with less preparation days. Candidates usually choose an experienced workers course. This takes place over two days, with some theory preparation on the first day and then the technical test on the second day.
The second route is to complete the NVQ and technical tests, achieving the blue card (competent worker). There are several ways to complete the NVQ portion on the type of slinger training
. However, be aware that whichever route you take, you will always need to complete the technical test as well ad the NVQ.
Firstly you can complete a traditional style NVQ, where an assessor comes to your place of work and observes you doing the job. However you can also complete what is known as a ‘straight to blue’ EWPAR. This is a one to two day NVQ which is assessed at the trainers location.
If you are wondering, which one to do remember that the best way of passing the test, is to pick the course most suitable for your level of experience. Red cards qualify you as a trained operator and allow you to work onsite for two years, while blue cards qualify you as competent operator and by keeping your CSCS TST and CPCS log book up to date can last indefinitely.