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Successful delegates are issued with an OPITO approved certificate. Certificate valid for 2 years.
3.0 Days
Who is it for
All personnel who are interested in carrying out Banksman & Slinger operations.
A good standard of fitness is required in order to participate.
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AIS offer both the Banksman & Slinger (Stage 1) as well as Banksman & Slinger Competence Assessment (Stages 3 & 4) OPITO approved training courses.

The OPITO Approved Banksman & Slinger Stage 1 Training Standard provides the introductory training programme for personnel wishing to become competent in Banksman & Slinging activities in the oil & gas industry.

Following 2 years of Stage 2 workplace training AIS are able to provide the OPITO Stage 3 & 4 Banksman & Slinger Competence Assessment to establish that the candidate has the required underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills to fulfil the role of the Banksman & Slinger safely and effectively.

Please Note

You can move straight to the level 3&4 Competence Assessment course if you have a formal letter from your employer stating that you have met the equivalent of the OPITO Stage 2 lifting experience logbook criteria - stated in Appendix 1 of the OPITO Rigger Competency course standard. The formal letter should include details of the employer/senior employer representative’s position in the company, full contact details, and be signed and dated by the employer/senior employer representative. Please call us on 0844 800 1810 if you require further information.

Industry requested that OPITO develop a robust and auditable minimum standard for training and competence assessment for the Banksman & Slinger role.

Although the Banksman skill requirement differs from that of the Slinger; the two roles are normally combined in the workplace. The Banksman role is primarily to relay instructions to the crane operator during lifting activities, and the Slinger role is to prepare and ‘sling’ loads for lifting, and release the loads at their destination.

The Banksman & Slinger’s route to competence certification and re-assessment is comprised of four key stages. The four key stages are:


The Initial Training Programme

Delegates successfully completing the Initial Training Programme will be awarded an OPITO Stage 1 certificate; this entitles the delegate to progress to Stage 2: supervised workplace experience.


Supervised workplace experience

Stage 2 specifies the series of supervised tasks which the delegate will be required to complete in order to gain relevant experience in the workplace. The Delegate must complete a log book record of the supervised tasks


The formal assessment of the candidate

Stage 3 specifies the assessment process and criteria for the candidate to demonstrate competence in the Banksman & Slinger role. Successful candidates will be awarded an OPITO certificate of competence. The Certificate is valid for 2 years.


Re-assessment of competence

Stage 4 specifies the re-assessment criteria for Banksman & Slingers, who wish to maintain their OPITO competence certification, Successful candidates will be awarded an OPITO certificate of competence. The Certificate is valid for 2 years.