CPCS (A40) Training - Slinger, Signaller Courses & Tests

This Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) slinger signaller course is aimed at all operatives involved in slinging loads using plant machinery.

Slinger Signaller courses can also be known as “slinger banksman courses”; in the context of this specific qualification, the banksman course element relates to being in charge of the movements of plant machinery such as a tower crane, from the point of loading and unloading using safe systems of communication with the crane driver.

For those involved in traffic or vehicle marshalling operations and looking to undertake a vehicle banksman training course please see our CPCS (A73) - Vehicle/Plant Marshaller Training & Testing category. Vehicle banksman courses (in that context) train those who co-ordinate the movements of vehicle and/or workplace transport and oversee operations that could cause injuries or damage if not performed correctly. Slinger banksman courses and vehicle banksman courses give two very different qualifications, and it is essential they are not confused.

The CPCS A40 slinger signaller training course is split into 5 separate qualifications, each available as a separate course. These are:

  • A40A: Slinger Signaller course for all machines, including pick and carry duties
  • A40B: Slinger Signaller course for Static Cranes only
  • A40C: Slinger Signaller course for Lorry Loaders only
  • A40D: Slinger Signaller course for 360 Excavators only
  • A40E: Slinger Signaller course for Telehandlers only

Delegates will need to choose which qualification of slinger banksman training to take based on the requirements of their current job role. There are both Foundation and Experienced Worker slinger signaller courses available for these qualifications; Experienced Worker courses are only for operators with 2 or more years’ experience.

The most commonly scheduled courses are the A40A and the A40B however, dedicated courses can be arranged for any specialist endorsements that you require. It is also possible to apply to take a combined Slinger Signaller and Lifting Operations Crane Supervisor Course (A40 & A62), or the Technical Tests only relating to A40.

All delegates need to have passed the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment touchscreen test for Operatives within the past two years and successful delegates of any of these CPCS slinger signaller course qualifications will gain the CPCS red card (trained operator), which is valid for 2 years per category held.

If you are looking to take CPCS slinger signaller training privately, we’d recommend reading about CPCS training for private individuals before applying for any courses. The implications are very different to those who apply whilst employed by CITB registered companies and can be an expensive outlay, so it is essential to fully understand the courses you require and what you will receive should you successfully complete them.

CPCS A40 Slinger Course Detail

Crane drivers do not always have clear visibility of the loading area, especially when tower cranes are employed, and slinger banksman training aims to teach those in control of operations involving such machinery, to ensure that no accidents or injuries happen. The terms "banksman" refers to the individual who directs the operation from the point near where loads are both attached and detached. 

Slinger Singnaller course content varies depending on the qualification chosen for specific machinery and level of experience of the operator (as to whether they have selected a Foundation or Experienced Worker course).

  • A typical foundation A40 CPCS slinger signaller course is an ideal entry point into the industry and would always include both theoretical and practical training to ensure safe working conditions for all operators.
  • A typical experienced worker course would include only the theoretical aspects of training.

All qualifications and experience level courses finish with the CPCS technical test, which includes both a theory and practical test.

This CPCS A40 Slinger Signaller course includes the following elements:

  • Safety procedures
  • Machine operation for all normal tasks
  • How to calculate weights and sizes of loads and how to inform the plant operator of these findings
  • Understanding the effects of load size, weight, gradients and ground conditions upon machine stability
  • Routine servicing and maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
  • How to select, use and maintain the appropriate lifting tackle for a job,
  • Clear and accepted signals for moving a load
  • Individual job responsibilities

CPCS  A40 Course Delivery

Please check the Dates section for open courses in the CPCS Slinger, Signaller Courses & Tests category, or for more general help or further information please send an enquiry to  


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