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CPCS A40 A All Duties Slinger Signaller/Slinger Banksman – 4 day Novice

Pre Course Requirement

Anyone wishing to attempt a CPCS Technical Test leading to the award of a CPCS card MUST have evidence that they have undertaken and passed the relevant Health, Safety & Environment Test within the last 2 years of taking the technical test.

This is a 45 minute touch screen multiple choice test consisting of 50 questions. This test can be taken at various Person Vue test centres though out the country, you can arrange your own test and locate your nearest test centre by clicking here.

For the CPCS Slinger Signallers course you would need The Health Safety & Environment test for Operatives.

Revision is strongly recommended for the Health & Safety Test; revision books, DVDs and downloads are available from CITB store.

For more information about the health & safety test, including which test you need, how to book, revision downloads, please click here.

About the data we need from you:

In order to process the booking we will ask for the following information:

  • Company Name
  • Company Address
  • Company Invoice Address
  • Your Contact Telephone Number
  • Your Email Address

In order to register the candidate for the test we are required to gather the following information about you:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Scheme registration number if known (if not then we will gain this by accessing your Cskills record online)
  • National Insurance Number
  • Email

We need this information to verify your identity and ensure we locate the correct record on the system. This information is shared only with CPCS and the awarding body Cskills and no other body or organisation (Ainscough Training certification will not be shared at all).

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Target Delegates

This course is aimed at inexperienced operators who are required to undertake slinging and signalling for the movement of loads using lifting equipment. Candidates may be new to the role or may be those with limited experience and no formal training.


Course Content


Please note the term “Banksman” does not apply to Vehicle Marshall or Traffic Management

If you require the this course please click CPCS Plant & Vehicle Marshaller.

CPCS Slinger/Signaller (A40 Endorsement A) All Types- All Duties


Four consecutive days


Course Aim and Contents:

The aim of this course is to provide candidates with practical and theoretical knowledge in order for
them to undertake the role of a slinger/signaller. Following successful completion of the course
candidates will be able to select the correct lifting accessories, attach them to loads safely and guide
the load using the appropriate hand signals.

Topics covered during this course include:

  • Legislation ‐ LOLER, PUWER, HASAWA
  • Codes of practice ‐ BS7121
  • Roles and responsibilities of personnel involved with lifting operations
  • Documentation and certification for lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  • Lifting accessories
  • Types of accessories and use
  • Slinging techniques
  • Down rating of accessories
  • Sling angles
  • Communications
  • Establishing load weight and centre of gravity
  • Proximity hazards
  • Selecting lifting accessories
  • Verifying documentation and certification
  • Attaching accessories to different loads
  • Signalling for the lifting, transferring and positioning of loads
  • Safe use of radios

Please note that the CPCS Technical (Theory) test questions are available to review prior to attending the course. Please click hyperlink below:

Theory Test Questions – for candidates

Please click here for the CPCS Practical Test Specification

Grants available for companies registered with CSkills. Please contact your local grant office for current rates.



Successful candidates will be awarded a Red CPCS Trained Operator card endorsed with the category Slinger Signaller All Types – All Duties.


Next Stage

Please note the Red CPCS card is only valid for 2 years. Within this time you must complete your NVQ level 2 Diploma to convert from Red card to Blue card. To book your NVQ please click NVQ booking.

The Blue CPCS card is valid for 5 years.

Has your Red CPCS card expired? Please call us on 01772 623591.