CPCS A40 Slinger Signaller Amendments – effective 19/01/2015

We have had an enquiry recently regarding CPCS Slinger Signaller training from a service leaver based in Scotland. Patrick was looking to be trained to CPCS standard for slinger signaller, and although its not something we can offer, both through ELCAS and because we cannot deliver CITB accredited training, I took it upon myself to try and help Patrick.

Although we couldn’t help Patrick, we are an ITSSAR Accreddited Training Centre, and can offer Slinger Signaller courses accredited by ITSSAR at either our site in Barton Hill – or at your site nationwide.

Here is what I found;

Firstly, with effect from 19th January 2015, the category that was simply Slinger Signaller was split into a range of different types. This was put into place to cover the increased use of slingers on a wider variety of lifting operations.

It is a legal requirement under The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 that every lifting operation is carried out in a safe manner, which includes use of a responsible person to guide the crane using suitable means of communication, and to securely attach the load to the crane.

What is a Slinger Signaller course for?

This course is designed to give you the knowledge required to direct the crane using recognised signalling systems, and to ensure that loads are ‘as safe in the air as they are on the ground’.

What are the added endorsements?

This category is being amended to add endorsements against a range of lifting equipment types to cover the increased use of slingers for a wider variety of lifting operations. The range includes:

  • A40A– All Types – all duties
  • A40B– All Types – Static duties
  • A40C– Knuckle boom static only
  • A40D– Excavator only
  • A40E– Lift truck only

Learning outcomes have subsequently increased for this course, including;

  • Key requirements for marshalling of plant
  • Controlling loads during pick-and-carry duties
  • Knowledge of when additional skills for particular lifting operations are required.

What (if any) are the pre-requisite for taking this course?

Before taking the course you must have passed a CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test no more than two years before attending this course.

How is this course run?

The course is delivered through a combination of classroom-based lessons and practical exercises. You will be assessed through theory and practical tests


Successful Completion:

Successful candidates will be awarded a CPCS Trained Operator card for Slinger Signaller.


Average cost for this course;

You can book this course directly with CITB, at one of their sites (Derbyshire or Norfolk) for £1225. It is not entirely clear, but we assume this includes VAT.