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Banksman and Slinging Operations Stage 1 (OPITO Approved)


Course Overview

The course provides information on the safe and correct use of lifting equipment and accessories, and best practice to promote a safer environment for persons involved. The course is to OPITO-approved standards.

Course Structure

The course is a mix of theory and practical with a bias towards practical exercises, and delegates are evaluated by means of an examination.



Target Audience

Personnel wishing to be involved with the slinging of loads and signalling of cranes. It is also beneficial to offshore line management and other personnel with a responsibility for safe crane lifting operations.

Course Content

The syllabus is designed to ensure that on completion of training the delegate will be able to:

  • Identify common unsafe practices and probable consequences
  • Understand lift planning
  • Relate to crane lifting related incidents
  • Understand relevant legislation applicable to lifting operations
  • Understand basic functions of a crane
  • Understand crane hand and radio signals
  • Understand lifting operation risk assessment
  • Understand responsibilities of a banksman/slinger
  • Understand safe and correct methods of slinging loads, correct use and care of equipment (includes pre-use examination of equipment and identification of defects)


An OPITO-approved certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course.


To be determined by dutyholder.

Items to bring

Warm / wet weather clothing. Photographic ID.


All delegates will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire prior to course commencement.


Courses run monthly. Please refer to the training calendar on the home page.



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