Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Slinger/Signaller (Construction)

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Slinger/Signaller (Construction)

SQA qualification code: GL8R 68

Ofqual qualification number: 603/0469/8

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations — Slinger/Signaller (Construction) will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as preparing, guiding and placing suspended loads.

This qualification includes: attaching and preparing suspended loads for movement using lifting accessories in the workplace; guiding, positioning and placing suspended loads in the workplace; conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace; and conforming to productive working practices in the workplace.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

This qualification is offered in England and Wales.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale

The qualification is designed to train and confirm that learners have gained full industrial competence as a slinger/signaller. This Level 2 qualification is aimed at those who do not have any prior experience of the construction industry and are therefore classed as ‘new entrants’. It is also relevant for those in work who are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

Learners can then build on the skills and knowledge gained from achievement of this qualification by working towards another qualification or by gaining employment as a slinger/signaller.

The qualification will enable learners to provide evidence of their experience of accepted and recognised industrial practices. 

Objectives

The qualification is designed to lead the learner to one or both of the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • attaining the relevant operator card

Purpose of this qualification

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop and confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a slinger/signaller. As a work-related, competency-based qualification it will provide, on completion, confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role of a slinger/signaller.

The qualification is assessed by compiling a portfolio of evidence which details what learners have completed at work. The evidence can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and can include documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

This qualification is assessed by completing various tasks to evidence what learners have learned. This can be carried out through practical assessment, knowledge-based questioning and online assessment. The assessor can then confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they have the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to carry out the duties of a slinger/signaller in the workplace.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently to the industry standard — and comply with currently legislation and company procedures. The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. The will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the task and can complete the task within the given timescale and specification.

What does this qualification cover

As this is a competence based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

This qualification is linked to the specific role of a slinger/signaller within the construction industry.

To achieve this qualification learner’s need a total of 43 credits, gained by completing all 4 mandatory units as per the following structure:

Recognition, progression and further informaton

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for:

  • new entrants to the industry
  • learners in employment who wish to gain recognition for previous experience and enhance their career prospects
  • learners in employment who require a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card to carry out their duties

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. 

Recognition

This qualification is supported by the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS).

CPCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in plant operations. The scheme recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.

Apprenticeships

There are no Apprenticeship Programmes applicable to this qualification.

Progression

Learners may progress from the Level 2 in Controlling Lifting Operations - Slinger/Signaller (Construction) to the Level 4 Controlling Lifting Operations - Supervising Lifts (Construction) and Level 5 in Controlling Lifting Operations - Planning Lifts (Construction).

What approvals are needed

Centres interested in offering this qualification require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the assessment strategy.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Qualification Structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete mandatory units (43 credit points).

Group award code: GL8R 68 (43 credit points)

Total qualification time: 430 hours

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the qualification structure.

Level 2 Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – Slinger/Signaller (Construction) (58 KB)

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit specifications and assessment guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's secure website. These are available from your centre’s SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Assessment strategy/Principle

Lapsing

Qualification Structure

Group award GE0L 68 has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

The lapsing date for this qualification is 30.09.2016

The finishing date for this qualification is 30.09.2018

This qualification requires the learner to complete all mandatory units.

SQA Level 2 NVQ (competence based) Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations (Construction) – Slinger Signaller
Group award code: GE0L 68
Ofqual code: 600/3381/2

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit specifications and assessment guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's secure website. These are available from your centre’s SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Assessment strategy/Principle

Learner guidance and portfolio

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is the largest and most highly recognised single skills card scheme for the plant sector of the construction industry. The scheme provides certification for plant operatives and associated operations for UK construction and allied industries to prove workers’ operating skills and health and safety awareness.

The plant operator certification process is supported by CPCS testers and CPCS trainers, who in turn are certified as trained and competent by CPCS.

Membership of the scheme is voluntary, but is mandatory on many construction sites and other work environments.

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