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NPORS Slinger / Signaller training – N402

Awarding Body:

National Plant Operators Registration Scheme - NPORS

Training course type:

On-site training and assessment; On-site Experience Worker Test (EWT) assessment only

Novice training course duration:

1-2 days dependant on any previous experience

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:



Wheeled Mobile
Lorry Mounted
Tower Crane
Crawler Crane
Overhead Gantry
Lorry loader
Side Boom

Card options:

5-year NPORS traditional card & certificate; 2-year CSCS trained operator red card

Minimum age:



If required


Bertie Tupper & Tuppco instructors

What is the role of a slinger/signaller?

A Slinger Signaller acts as the eyes and ears of the person operating the crane who won’t be able to see everything happening around them. An obstructed view for a Crane Operator increases loading and lifting risks, and general site safety can be compromised. This is included in the TUPPCO NPORS Slinger / Signaller training – N402

What does the TUPPCO NPORS Slinger / Signaller training course include?

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as a slinger / signaller
  • Be able to conform to manufacturers requirements as per technical data, conform to relevant regulations and legislation
  • Be able to locate, identify and explain different Types of lifting equipment and lifting accessories. explain their basic construction, uses, applications and their functions
  • Be able to Interpret and extract information on all relevant documentation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks on non-specialist lifting accessories and identify nonservice able items
  • Explain procedures for placing non-serviceable items out-of-service
  • Identify and explain centres of gravity and calculate estimated weights of loads
  • Set up exclusion zone explaining actions required for emergency actions, Identifying any overhead hazards
  • Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for slinger / signaller use
  • Secure various Types of loads to a hook using the relevant lifting accessories and procedures ensuring Load balance, security and integrity
  • Direct and guide the movement of loads to different Types of location using different methods of communication
  • Environmental considerations
  • Carry out all cut-off service and Securing procedures

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to operate machine
  • 1 x balanced load
  • 1 x unbalanced load
  • 1 x consist of tubes no less that 4 metres in length
  • Lifting straps and chains
  • Lifting machine – telehandler, crane, excavator
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Operators’ manual for lifting machine
  • Risk assessment completed
  • In date thorough test examination for machine

PPE Requirements:

  • Suitable head protection
  • Suitable eye protection
  • Suitable hearing protection
  • Suitable work clothes including wet weather
  • Gloves
  • Suitable work boots including steel toe protection
  • High Viz

HSE further information:

Theory assessment:

  • 20 multiple choice questions
  • 5 written questions
  • 4 marks per question
  • 80% pass mark required

Practical assessment criteria:

  • Pre use and operational checks
  • Signal loads to be lifted and lowered
  • Attach loads to lifting accessories
  • Use 2 different lifting accessories
  • 1 load must be completed out of sight of the operator
  • Bundle load must slung using double choke hitch
  • Hand signals to confirm to BS7121 part1:2006
  • Pass mark is less than 20 penalty points and no mandatory disqualifications
  • Time allowed is 1 hour 20 minutes

Where are TUPPCO NPORS Slinger / Signaller on-site training courses delivered?

Southwest – Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire

Southeast – Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex

Midlands – Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire

East Anglia – Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk

Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Hungerford, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton, Stroud, Swindon, Taunton, Warwick, Winchester, Witney, Worcester, Yeovil


Attachments training can be included

Recognised industries:

Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, Marine, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying, Environmental,


Lifting loads, moving loads

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