Banksman Training

Also known as Traffic Marshal Training

CPD Approved RoSPA Approved IIRSM Approved
Banksman Training
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This Banksman Training course is an awareness level course that helps learners understand how to fulfil their role of supporting safe vehicle and mobile plant operations. It is suitable for banksmen in a range of industries and for various types of vehicle and mobile plant operations.

The course covers key areas of a banksman's role, including helping to maintain the control measures put in place by their employer, effectively instructing and guiding drivers and operators when other controls are not sufficient for reducing the risks, and keeping the work area free from pedestrians and others who may be harmed. It explains how to use the signals set out in the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, which banksmen commonly use to help direct drivers and operators. Illustrations, videos, and animations are used to teach learners the hand signals, so they can see them in action.

Note that the course is designed to support practical, work activity and work environment specific training that banksmen must receive beyond this course. It can also act as a refresher for those who have already received practical training.

This course was last audited on: 12th September 2023
  • Written in compliance with UK legislation and guidance
  • Developed by health and safety professionals
  • Approved by CPD and IIRSM. Assured by RoSPA Qualifications.
  • Online training course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

Aims of the course

Upon completion of the course, learners will understand:

  • The role of banksmen in the safe guidance of vehicles and mobile plant.
  • The relevant legislation and guidance for safe vehicle operations.
  • The duties that employers have regarding the safe management of vehicles and mobile plant, and how banksmen can play an important part in the control measures for safe vehicle operations.
  • How to prepare for being a banksman. This includes receiving work-specific training in the safe systems of work, including onsite areas and operations of vehicles.
  • How to fulfil their banksman role safely. This includes safe positioning, use of any aids for visibility (e.g. cameras or mirrors), use of PPE (like high visibility vests and safety helmets), and use of any other equipment (e.g. radios).
  • How banksmen should effectively coordinate with and guide the drivers or operators of vehicles and mobile plant. This includes establishing a consistent and agreed system of signalling and method of communication.
  • The visual and verbal signals that banksmen may use to guide drivers during operations, as set out by the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.


CPD Approved
RoSPA Approved
IIRSM Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

Additionally, this course has been independently recognised by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management as meeting the standards of its Training Approval Scheme.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 2 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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Course content

1Introduction to Banksman Training

Legal responsibilities, Health and Safety Executive guidance, what is the role of a banksman?, training requirements, and key rules for banksmen when directing vehicles and mobile plant.

2Safe Management of Vehicles and Mobile Plant

Legal responsibilities of employers, risk assessment for vehicles and mobile plant, and vehicle site control measures: traffic routes, temporary traffic routes, pedestrian routes, reversing, traffic calming, speed limits, visibility and lighting, further controls, and safe design.

3Communication and Signals

Why are planning and communications for vehicle movements important?, preparations with drivers and mobile plant operators, how to prepare with the driver, the banksman hand and verbal signals, using the banksman hand signals, and the banksman hand signals in action.

4Training, Visibility Aids, and PPE

Training in safe systems of work, duty of care to new banksmen, employee competence, use of visibility aids and audible alarms, verbal signals and radio systems, personal protective equipment (PPE), high visibility clothing, protective equipment for the head, and weather protection.

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The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

Who should take this course?

Our Banksman Training course is aimed at anyone who'll be fulfilling the role of a banksman for work activities involving vehicles and mobile plant. For example, helping to guide excavators on a construction site, lorries in a lorry park, forwarders in forestry work, etc. It is not specific to any one work environment or type of vehicle or mobile plant, so is suitable for banksmen no matter what industry they work in. The course will help the learner understand what their role entails, including how to effectively and safely guide drivers and operators during manoeuvres using a signalling system.

No previous training is required before undertaking this course, but it is not a replacement for practical training, which is required beyond the course. Practical training is vital for a banksman to be fully competent to fulfil their role in the specific work environment and for the work activities they're involved in. The course can, however, act as a refresher for those who have already received practical training.

To help banksmen understand the wider scope of their role, the course explains what should be covered in the practical training they need to receive for their specific work activities and work environment. With this guidance, they'll know what to expect from further training, or will recognise what their training should have already covered. This in turn will ensure they are as confident and prepared as possible for their role.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course suitable for slinger-signallers?

No, this course is not suitable for slinger-signallers who are involved in lifting and lowering operations, as specific training is needed to fulfil a slinger-signaller role. This specific training is beyond the scope of our course.

Does the course teach learners about directing public vehicles and traffic on public roads?

The course does not cover normal traffic moving on public roads, because road traffic laws cover traffic safety in more detail than general health and safety law. The course does, however, cover where public roads are used as temporary workplaces. Examples of this would be during roadside deliveries, road works, or breakdown assistance.

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