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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 2 sections

  1. 1 Banksman Overview
  2. 2 Signalling
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Banksman signalling

A banksman - sometimes called a signaller - is a worker on a site who supervises the movement of vehicles and heavy machinery or equipment - these things are known as “workplace transport”. In this section, we will be looking at the role and the duties of a banksman, employer responsibilities and reversing. 

The different signals of a banksman

In this final section, we’ll take you through the essential banksman hand signals that are used throughout the UK and Europe. This includes; stop, start & end, move towards & move away, right & left, horizontal distance & vertical distance, raise & lower, danger, plus, some additional information. 

About this course

A vehicle banksman is a person who is in charge of directing the movements of large vehicles on a site by using a system of hand signals or a radio link in order to reduce the risk of these accidents occurring. A banksman makes sure that any manoeuvres made during loading and unloading will not put the driver, or anyone else, in danger.

Most of these accidents can be avoided by taking simple precautions, which we explain in detail throughout this training course.

Designed for everybody involved in manoeuvring, loading and unloading vehicles, this course teaches the user how to safely guide large goods vehicles, both rigid and articulated, using the HSE's approved code of signals.

This online course does not replace the practical training you need, nor does it mean you’ll be classed as ‘competent’ by your employer - but - it does offer two important things. First, it provides you with vital tools and information if someone is new to banksman operations; and secondly, it acts as a refresher for anyone with existing experience who needs a reminder of the essentials.

You may also be interested in our LOLER Training and Driver Awareness Training.

Chris Miller, a presenter of Banksman Essentials Training

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Chris Miller

The importance of Banksman Essentials Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Banksman Essentials Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Banksman Essentials Training course concludes with a 10 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Banksman Essentials Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Banksman Essentials Training Certificate

256 real user reviews

4.8 out of 5
Good clear and informative

Although this role would not be part of my normal day-to-day duties it was an interesting and informative preliminary course as to the banksmans role.

Very helpful course

This course is very good for making you work safe


DEAR SIR /MADAM MAYBE one should build a course on TEAM BUILDING and team work . it is common practice to find tradesman on SITE S who consider the fact that they are self employed gives them the feeling that they only listen to SITE manager or do as they wish and have no concept of working as a A TEAM for the good of the project at hand .IT is a fact that the better the co operation among different trades the higher the probability the project will be finished on time and on TARGET .


I was very happy with the course but would prefer at the start in the morning or the finish after work

Good to know what to look for in future

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Excellent training.

Simple, easy and to the point.

was a good course

Would like to have more information


Fundamental but necessary.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

This training course covers the standard signals that are given in the Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.

Failure to comply with these regulations could result in prosecution for the individuals and organisations involved, so it is essential that your organisation effectively trains staff in the correct procedure to follow when carrying out a manoeuvring task involving a large vehicle.

Additionally, as part of The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, it is recommended that organisations have a responsible banksman and use a recognised signalling system.

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