HSE Banksman (Traffic Marshall)

HSE Banksman (Traffic Marshall)

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£110 – discounts may apply


2x multiple-choice exams


4 hours




Self-study on demand


Traffic Banksman


16 years +


For group bookings, contact office@hassocksacademy.co.uk

What is a banksman?

Banksmen are operatives trained to direct vehicle movement on or around site. They are often called traffic marshals.

What is the difference between Traffic Banksman and Slinger Banksman?

The Traffic Banksman is sometimes referred to as Traffic Marshal or Vehicle Banksman. The CPCS Slinger Banksman is responsible for slinging and signalling during the movement of loads while using heavy lifting equipment such as cranes.

Do banksman need to be trained?

The importance and responsibility of this job means it requires Banksmen to be fully trained. In turn, the training for any Vehicle Banksman needs to be thorough and comprehensive. It’s essential to have knowledge of all the health and safety aspects associated with this job. Our training course will fulfil the HSE’s requirements for banksman training.

Course Description

Our half-day traffic marshal / banksman course is intended to meet the needs of the many security and construction sites and other workplaces that require traffic marshals and Banksman. A Traffic Marshal or Banksman is an operative trained to direct vehicle and plant movement on or around a construction or parking site.

Our course follows the HSE Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 which means our training is consistent and universal to meet your legal training obligations. The certificate of attendance and ID card are awarded the same day of your training for traffic marshal and banksman training both.

What are the benefits from taking this course?

At the end of the course, you will gain a Traffic Banksman Card which is valid for 3-years.

What modules will I study?

  • What a traffic marshal (banksman) is
  • The duties of a banksman and a traffic marshal
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Safe procedures
  • Complex hand signals

Who is the course for?

Traffic Marshal (Banksman) is a course aimed at anyone involved in the management of vehicle in any workplace. This includes construction labourers, security guards, warehouse operatives, fire wardens, supervisors, team leaders, managers and staff working in an area where there is a continuous movement of vehicles.

What will I learn?

Following completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • State what a traffic marshal (banksman) is
  • Identify the duties of a banksman and a traffic marshal
  • Identify accidents and injuries
  • Understand safe procedures
  • Direct traffic using complex hand signals

How long does the course take?

The typical learner takes approximately 48 hours to complete this qualification however learners go at their own pace and can complete within one week or can take up to 12 months depending on their personal circumstances

How is the course assessed?

The qualification is assessed by 2x multiple-choice exams determining your knowledge in signals and safety.

Are their any pre-requisites to join the course?

You must:

  • Be at least 16 years old

How can I study?

You can study this course via:

  • Classroom
  • Virtual classroom
  • Distance learning

What do I get?

Regardless of the study method you choose, all learners will get the full training content online as part of our eLearning package and will receive free access to this for one-year. This includes all PowerPoints, course notes and handouts. Upon completion, you will receive a Traffic Banksman card which lasts for 3-years.

Does the course fee include everything I need?

YES! We believe in being upfront – the fee you pay will include everything you need and there are no additional hidden costs such as assessment or certification fees. Our charges include the cost of official certification including personal Identity Cards.

Is this a regulated qualification?

Our course follows the HSE Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 which means our training is consistent and universal to meet your legal training obligations.

How do I access my course materials?

Our online course system is available 24/7 and you can log in from any device that has an internet connection. This includes desktop computers, laptops, tablet computers and even Smart phones!

Can we still use banksmen for reversing vehicles?

Yes, but only if trained and authorised. There is a hierarchy of control which places segregation at the top. Banksmen should only be used in circumstances where other control measures are not possible.

What else do you need to be a banksman?

As well as knowledge and competence, traffic marshals working on construction sites will need a valid CSCS Green Card. To be eligible for the labourer’s card, workers must complete the Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (1-day course) and pass a 45-minute CITB Touch Screen Test.