CISRS CPD Update April 2017

CISRS and the CPD working party are making good progress with preparations for the introduction of the 2 Day Scaffolder Refresher/CPD Course which goes live from 1st July.

In February and March, two pilot courses were run at NCC Midlands. Both courses had a good mixture of delegates, ranging from one who had qualified via Grandfathers Rights to another who had qualified 5 years ago. The pilot courses were well received by all and feedback forms completed by delegates rated the course and content as either ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’. The pilots also enabled instructors to make comments about the content which has resulted in a few tweaks, with some subjects being made shorter/longer etc.

An introduction to the course has been released (click here) which details the content of the course. The course will consist of 4 modules ;-

Scaffolder Refresher / CPD Training

This module has been designed to bring operatives up to date with current standards. Alongside a re-cap on Part 2 training, delegates will receive updates on TG20:13 and SG4:15 and will cover subjects such as Anchor Ties, Design Appreciation, Vehicle Safety, Manual Handling, Temporary Edge Protection, System Product updates, PPE, Protection of the Public and Impact Wrenches. All delegates will have this training endorsed onto their renewed CISRS cards.

Scaffold Inspection

This module will cover subjects such as the Role of the Inspector, Statutory Inspections in Practice, Work at Height Regulations, Tagging, Handover Certificates and will end with a practical and written test. This module is card specific and if passed, will result with either a Basic Scaffold Inspection or Advanced Scaffold Inspection endorsement being added to the renewed CISRS card.

Alloy Tower Module

This module will cover subjects including Alloy Tower components, Assembly/Moving/Dismantling of Towers, Types of Towers, Hazards and Inspection. As with the Inspection module, delegates will be required to complete a written and practical test and if passed, renewed cards will be endorsed with CISRS Alloy Tower training.

Health, Safety & Behavioural Test

This test has been designed to be more scaffold specific. Test papers will consist of 12 Behavioural Questions and 38 Knowledge Questions. Revision Booklets will be available from Training Centres at the time of booking CPD courses. If this test is passed, the delegate will not need to pass an additional CITB HS&E Test to renew. However, if this test is not passed, delegates will be required to submit evidence of a CITB HS&E Test taken within 2 years or a recognised exemption to CISRS to have their card issued.

Contents for a CPD Training Folder have been confirmed and each delegate will receive a folder on their first day. This will include CISRS Modules 1 and 2 along with relevant NASC Guidance Notes. This folder will form part of the course material and will be retained by the delegate on completion of the course.

CISRS Training Centres have all been required to sign up to a ‘Cards Without Application’ system, which means that CPD delegates will not need to submit applications for card renewals. It should be noted however, that if a delegate fails the CISRS Health, Safety & Behavioural Test, they will need to submit separate evidence of a CITB HS&E Test (or recognised exemption) to have their renewed card issued.

Please refer to the CISRS CPD and News Pages for any further updates.