Novice Banksman Course (Slinger/Signaller Course) – non CSCS

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Our 3-day New Entrant Banksman course is the first step to becoming a CSCS Banksman. 

This important role is always in high demand and a fully qualified CSCS Banksman will earn up to 20% more than the average construction worker. A Banksman is the person who directs the operation of cranes or larger vehicles on construction sites. Whether using a radio or hand signals, the Banksman communicates and directs crane and other plant operators to ensure safe and efficient maneuvers on site.

This novice banksman course gives a direct path to getting fully qualified and is heavily focused on the practical parts of the job. You will gain experience and confidence in the role which you can then use on site (with supervision).

With just 6 months of supervised experience, you can then become fully qualified with our 1-day CSCS Banksman course!


 On completion of this course you will be:

  • Able to use & understand hand signals as they apply to Slingers, Signallers & Banksmen.

  • Able to guide & select appropriate lifting equipment.

  • Able to recognise hazards & risks associated with blind lifts.

  • Aware of the current Health & Safety Legislation as it applies to Signaller/Slinger/Banksman.

Course Programme:

  • Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005.banksman pic

  • Employers & Employees legal duties under current Health & Safety Legislation.

  • Identify workplace hazards regarding Slinger/Signaller.

  • Understand the principles for the correct selection of Lifting Equipment.

  • Identify & apply the full range of Slinging & Signaller methods.

  • Apply & Understand Signaller/Signaller Operations.

Training Methods:

This course is aimed at beginners and is heavily focused on the practical parts of the job. This means you will gain experience and confidence in operating as a Banksman which you can then use on site (with supervision).

Our tutor for this course is CSCS Standard which means you get great training based on HSA guidelines.

Who Should Attend?

This course is ideal for those looking to start in the construction industry in an important and rewarding role. With a New Entrant Banksman qualification, you will be a step ahead of others starting in the construction industry. Banksman is in high demand and this course will get you started on the career path.

Additional Information:

  • 3 Day course
  • Learners must have an up to date Safe Pass Card & their own PPE (e.g. Safety Footwear etc….).
  • NOTE: You MUST have transport to do this course as the training site is 8km from our centre.

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FAQs - Novice Banksman Course (Slinger / Signaller) – non CSCS

A Banksman is the person who directs the operation of cranes or larger vehicles. This is an important position on construction sites as it improves the functioning of the site and vehicles and ensures the safety of operators and other people. Banksman is what we call the role in Ireland but in the US it is a “Spotter” while in Australia they say “Dogman”. The role is in constant demand and jobs on the site usually last from the beginning until the site is complete.

- Directing movement of vehicles and equipment on a site.

- Drawing up and assessing safe traffic systems for the site

- Ensuring staff and site visitors are separated from vehicle movement wherever possible.

- Directing plant operators with clear and safe directions verbally, by radio and industry standard hand signals.

- Traffic management for the site to minimize disruption and waiting times for operators.

Becoming a Banksman is straight forward and just takes a combination of experience and certification. It’s possible to become a CSCS qualified Banksman in just 6 months!

Step 1: Complete the Novice Banksman course and get the certificate.

Step 2: Complete 6 months of working as a Banksman (with Supervision from a qualified Banksman). Note: The 6 months does not have to be consecutive but it must be within 2 years - eg, you can do 3 months on one site and 3 months on another site as long as it is all within 2 years. 

Step 3: SOLAS CSCS Banksman Identity Card (Ticket) certification will be awarded after passing this course.

To do this course, you will need to have completed the Safe Pass course which is required for anyone looking to work on a site. You will also need to have your own PPE (Safety footwear, hard hat etc.)
When you complete this course, you then work under supervision on a site for 6 months. At that point you are eligible for a CSCS assessment
Yes, we offer a CSCS Banksman course, you can go to the CSCS Banksman course by clicking below:

CSCS Banksman Training Course

Our Banksman courses run regularly in Navan (30 minutes from the M50) and we also offer these courses nationwide. We have recently run courses in Dublin, Cork, Kildare, Tullamore, Athlone, Portlaoise, Galway, Cavan, Dundalk and Limerick. For these and any other locations in Ireland, call the training team on 046 9012407 to discuss your needs.