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Banksman and Slinger Training (Stage 1)

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Health, Safety and Administration Fee

Applicable in: Aberdeen

GBP 7.00

Excluding tax

Health, Safety and Administration Fee

Applicable in: Teesside

GBP 7.00

Excluding tax

Banksman and Slinger Training (Stage 1)


The objective of the Banksman & Slinger Training Stage 1 course is to provide delegates with the basic knowledge of activities associated with the combined roles, and the safety and regulatory requirements of those activities.
This initial training programme allows the delegates to demonstrate basic Banksman and Slinger practical skills following instruction and demonstration by the training staff. The training programme aims to prepare delegates for the next stage of the progression path to becoming a competent banksman and slinger i.e. Stage 2: supervised workplace experience.

Target Group

The Banksman & Slinger Training Stage 1 is for personnel wishing to become competent in the Banksman and Slinger role.


There are no training pre-requisites for this course.


The course is a mix of both practical and theoretical sessions during which delegates will be required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the course contents.
Upon completion of the course, delegates will be awarded with an OPITO-approved Banksman and Slinger Training Stage 1 certificate.
Certification is valid for 2 years. Prior to expiry delegates must complete the Banksman & Slinger Training Stage 2 Logbook and Banksman and Slinger Stage 3 Competence Assessment to progress to a Stage 3 certificate.

Course Contents

The course consists of a mix of ongoing theoretical and practical training designed to give delegates the chance to practice banksman & slinging operations, focussing on the following areas:

• Regulations and safety issues
• Introduction to lifting roles and equipment
• Preparing for the lift
• Carrying out the lift
• Restoring the work area
• The Banksman’s duties
• Communications and visibility
• Principles of slinging
• The role of a Banksman & Slinger in a planned lift