Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS)

FAQs

Who is competent to inspect a scaffold?

Legislation specifies that anyone carrying out an inspection must be competent to do so. To be competent that person must have the necessary training, knowledge and experience.

As a minimum the NASC would recommend:

  • A CISRS Scaffolder cardholder would be deemed competent to inspect the scaffold structures that are covered in the CISRS Part 1 & Part 2 courses provided their employer can demonstrate they have the necessary knowledge and experience.
  • A CISRS Advanced Scaffolder cardholder would be deemed competent to inspect the scaffold structures that are covered in the CISRS Part 1, Part 2 & Advanced courses provided their employer can demonstrate they have the necessary knowledge and experience. The contents and overall objectives of the CISRS courses can be found in the CAP 609 General Information Booklet Appendix A-F pages 37-52.
  • A person who has been on a CISRS Basic Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme Course SITS would be deemed competent to inspect a basic scaffold structure provided their employer can demonstrate they have the necessary knowledge and experience and they have passed the knowledge test at the end of the course. This course is suitable for: Management/Supervision who are responsible for inspecting scaffolds and completing reports in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Note: If candidates who have attended the Basic Course want to inspect more complex scaffolds, then they will need to complete the Advanced Course after they have gained sufficient experience inspecting Basic Scaffolds on a regular basis.
  • A person who has been on a CISRS Advanced Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme Course * (min. two days) would be deemed competent to inspect more complex scaffold structures provided their employer can demonstrate they have the necessary knowledge and experience and they have passed the knowledge test at the end of the course. This course is suitable for: Experienced Scaffold Inspectors, Management/Supervision who are responsible for inspecting, commissioning and handing over scaffolds, and completing reports in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
  • A CISRS SITS qualification will remain valid for a 5 year period. At which point the delegate will be required to re sit to course and renew their CISRS SITS card in order to maintain their inspection status.
  • Persons who are required to carry out inspections of System Scaffolds must, in addition to the basic scaffold inspection course, have product knowledge of the system to be inspected. This may be sought via CISRS approved training providers, the manufacturer/supplier or as an absolute minimum by obtaining and using the information provided in the official product user guide. This would also apply to CISRS Scaffolder and Advanced card holders, however they could be deemed competent to inspect system scaffold if they already have system product endorsements on the rear of their cards. To download a copy of this statement please click here.
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Who can supervise scaffolding?

When considering the direct supervision of a scaffolding gang i.e. a working foreman, leading hand etc, the operative in this role must be qualified to the grade of CISRS Scaffolder as a minimum requirement. For more complex scaffold structures, a CISRS Advanced Scaffolder must undertake direct supervision of the gang. Supervision of a Scaffolding project/site as a whole (liaising with client, deploying operatives, estimating, inspection, pricing, H&S issues etc) must also be carried out by a competent person, however this may not necessarily be a CISRS qualified Scaffolder. The 5 Day CISRS Scaffolding Supervisor training course is available from CISRS Approved Centres. It is aimed at scaffolding contractors first-line supervision i.e. Contract Supervisors, Foremen and Non-Working Charge hands. Upon successful completion of the above course the delegate is eligible to apply for the CISRS Scaffolding Supervisor Card.

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I have been trained as a scaffolder in another country; do I qualify for a CISRS card?

CISRS will only issue a card based upon training and assessment that was carried out at a CISRS accredited centre. Therefore the whole CISRS training scheme would need to be completed for a CISRS Scaffolder Card.

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I have achieved NVQ/SCQF qualification, am I entitled to a CISRS card?

No, CISRS Scaffolder cards are only issued when the operative has undertaken the relevant CISRS training: COTS, Part 1, Part 2, achieved the NVQ Level 2/SCQF Level 5 in Access and Rigging Operations and passed the CISRS 1-day Skills Test. To reach Advanced they must carry out all of the above plus the CISRS Advanced course, NVQ Level 3/SCQF Level 6 in Access and Rigging Operations and passed the CISRS 2-day Skills Test.

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What is the process for renewing my CISRS card?

Click here for renewal information for the different categories of CISRS cards.

Renewal Notices will be sent to the last known address approximately 6 months prior to the card expiry date.

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What is the joining criteria for attending a CISRS Part 1 Course?

Anybody wanting to attend a CISRS Part 1 Course must hold a current CISRS Labourers or CISRS Trainee card for at least 6 months and have the relevant on site experience.

If somebody holds an expired CISRS Trainee/Labourers Card they can complete and submit Section C of a CISRS Appeals Form and the case will be considered by the CISRS Scheme Manager.

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Does a Labourer working for a scaffolding company need a CISRS card?

Even though this employee may never leave the floor he should still apply for a CISRS Labourer card. In order to apply they will need to complete a CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test or Recognised Exemptions achieve the CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) Course and complete the Employer Labourer Application Form. This card may be useful in establishing the length of an operative’s industry experience prior to attending a Part 1 course.

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Is a CISRS Scaffolding Labourer allowed to work on a scaffold structure, handling materials, whilst the job is being erected, dismantled or altered?

Scaffolding Labourers are only allowed to work from a safe secure position i.e ground, building floor/fully protected roof or a fully completed scaffold platform.

Scaffolding Labourers are not permitted to erect, alter or dismantle scaffolding.

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Can a Trainee Scaffolder work on their own?

Trainee Scaffolders cannot work on their own, they must be directly supervised by a qualified scaffolder.

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Do all scaffold gangs have to have an Advanced Scaffolder as a chargehand?

Advanced Scaffolders are only required in a gang if the works carried out are of an Advanced nature (i.e. complex design work, hanging scaffolds, support scaffolds etc.).

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Do CISRS courses include Mobile Access Tower Training?

Since May 2014 all CISRS Part 1, CISRS Part 2 and CISRS Advanced courses include Mobile Access Tower Scaffold training that covers the erection, moving and dismantling of prefabricated towers.

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If an operative has completed training in one type of system scaffolding, are they permitted to erect/alter/dismantle another type of system scaffolding?

If an operative holding a valid CISRS card endorsed with “Systems Product Training – Cuplok” then wishes to use a 2nd brand of a similar product e.g. Genlok,  the card holder would not be required to complete a further 2 day SSPTS course in the 2nd brand of the similar type product. It will be the responsibility of the employer to ensure that all relevant product information is passed onto the operative and that the operative is aware of any differences in product capability, loadings, bracing and tie patterns etc. prior to using that product.

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How much do the CISRS courses cost?

The price may vary slightly from centre to centre and regionally so you will have to ring around for current prices. Please Click here for the list of training provider’s contact details. When booking a course you should ask if the booking fee includes NVQ/SCQF registration as if this is not the case extra charges will be made later.

Please note: this is only an approximate guide.

CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS)£125 + VAT
CISRS Part 1£900 + VAT
CISRS Part 2£945 + VAT
CISRS 1 day Scaffolder Skills Assessment£350 + VAT
CISRS Advanced£945 + VAT
CISRS 2 Day Advanced Scaffolder Skills Assessment£465+ VAT
CISRS Scaffolding Management and Supervisory Course£795 + VAT
CISRS Basic Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme£375 + VAT
CISRS Advanced Scaffold Inspection£375 + VAT
CPD/Refresher£250 + VAT
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Are there any grants available for the training?

There is very little funding available for an individual to claim, however there are several streams of funding for the employer to subsidise their operatives training. CITB do offer training grants to those companies who pay CITB Levy.

For more information please visit www.citb.co.uk.

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I have lost my CISRS card/Certificate, how can I obtain a replacement?

If you have lost your CISRS Card you can call the CISRS Helpline on 0844 8157 223 for a replacement. The cost of a replacement card is £26.50.

For a replacement certificate please contact the centre where you completed your training. Contact details can be found in the Training Centres area.

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How do I make an appeal?

If you wish to appeal against a Record Scheme Ruling, you must complete this CISRS Appeals Form and return it with all requested information and documentation.

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Can I use the CISRS logo for my company if I employ CISRS registered operatives?

The CISRS logo can only be used by CISRS Accredited Training Centres and not by scaffolding companies using CISRS registered operatives.

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