Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS)
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CISRS Trainee Scaffolder

The CISRS Trainee Scaffolder Card is available to operatives who are undertaking the CISRS training required for a CISRS Scaffolder Card.

CISRS Trainee Scaffolder card holders will be considered a trainee scaffolder regardless of the experience they have within the scaffolding industry. Accordingly, they should not undertake any scaffolding activities unless they are under the direct supervision of a qualified scaffolder.

CISRS Trainee Scaffolder Card

A CISRS Trainee or CISRS Labourer Card must be held for 6 months before a trainee can attend Part 1 training.


Two CISRS Trainee Scaffolder Cards carrying 18 month validities are available to each trainee. A minimum of Part 1 training must be completed to gain the second card.

Minimum Training Required for 1st Trainee Card:
  • COTS taken within 2 years
  • CITB HS&E Test taken within 2 years (or accepted exemption)
Minimum Training Required for 2nd Trainee Card:
  • CISRS Part 1 Course
  • CITB HS&E Test taken within 2 years (or accepted exemption)

Note: a CISRS Trainee Card or Labourers Card must be held for at least 6 months before an operative can take the CISRS Part 1 Course.

The Trainee will be expected to complete the following training within the validity of their 2 x 18 month CISRS Trainee Scaffolder Cards:

  • COTS
  • CISRS Part 1
  • CISRS Part 2
  • NVQ Level 2 SCQF Level 5
  • CISRS 1 Day Skills Test