CISRS Systems Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) 2-day course for Scaffolders was originally introduced into the scheme in June 2006, but it is only in the last few years that it has started to gain some momentum.

The original stance of CISRS was that due to perceived differences between brands it was felt that an operative should attend a full 2 day CISRS Systems Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) in each of the brands of a type of system that they wished to use e.g. “CUP” type the scaffolder would need to attend a SSPTS Cuplok course, followed by a SSPTS Genlok course, SSPTS Tradlok and so on, if they wished to use the additional products.

It has since become apparent that employers, operatives and most systems scaffold providers do not see the benefit of a scaffolder attending a 2nd course in a different brand of a similar type of product as the actual practical differences in terms of the methods of erection and dismantle are virtually nil.

There may well be differences in product capability, tie frequency or bracing patterns, however as long as the Scaffolder is made aware of these differences they can carry out his work accordingly to accommodate these factors without almost no change to the practical erection/dismantle procedure.

After many debates on this subject within the Access and Scaffolding Industry Training Organisation (ASITO) committee, NASC regional and council meetings and further discussion with the other interested stakeholder including HSE, CISRS changed its stance on this issue.

For the interest of clarity CISRS wishes to state its current position on this issue is as follows –

Upon completion of a CISRS SSPTS course in a particular brand of a type of system e.g. “CUP Type” an operative holding a valid CISRS card endorsed on the reverse with “Systems Product Training – Cuplok” then wishes to use a 2nd brand of a similar product e.g. Genlok,  the scaffolder 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.

The employer must retain recorded evidence that the relevant knowledge  (via user guide, tool box talk, in house demonstration etc.) has been passed onto the operative, as this may need to be produced to satisfy clients, HSE, NASC Auditors etc. at a later date.

The same principle would be extended to those who had completed CISRS Part 1, or Part 2 training in systems scaffolding.

This would only apply to products/manufacturers that have submitted all relevant product information, proof of testing to European Standards, user guide, erection and dismantling sequence etc. to CISRS and a CISRS approved Training course exists for that system.

This is a current list showing the different brands within each product category to which this would apply.

At the time of writing CISRS courses are available in the following types and brands.


CUP                      ROSETTE/RING                           WEDGE                                                       TURNER            COMBISAFE           HAKI            
Cuplok Layher Kwikstage Turner+8 Oktolok Haki
Genlok Plettac (Altrad) Contur DSL Climastage Turner OCTO       
K-Lok Plettac (Altrad) Futuro        
Tradlok Scafom Rux        
  Peri Up Rossett Flex        
  AT-PAC Ringlock        
  Plettac Metrix        



The above principle does not apply to different types of system products e.g. Cuplok (CUP) and Layher (Rosette/Ring). In this instance the operative would be required to attend a full 2 day CISRS SSPTS in both types of product Cuplok and Layher and the operative’s card should be endorsed accordingly.  

System Scaffold Card


CISRS cards would only be endorsed upon the completion of official CISRS training stating the name of the product in which the training was undertaken. If an operative is found on site using a different brand of system, a visit to the CISRS website will confirm if the system used is within the CISRS suite of training products. The employer if requested by the client must be able to provide sufficient evidence that they have suitably addressed any shortfall in product knowledge.

CISRS feels that approach this will streamline the CISRS training requirements for Systems products by allowing the operative to transfer their knowledge and practical skills gained from their original SSPTS course and diminish the requirement to duplicate formal training.






Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services

Building 100, Relay Point

Relay Drive, Tamworth

Staffordshire, B77 5PA

Tel. 01827 266100




DSL Climastage

Deborah Services Limited

Diamond House Diamond Business Park

Thornes Moor Road


W. Yorkshire WF2 8PT

Tel. 01924 366250  Fax.01924 366250




Generation (UK) Ltd

Trinity Street Off Tat Bank Road

Oldbury W.Midlands

Tel: 0121 543 2950




Genuine Kwikstage

Interserve Industrial Services Limited

Intersection House

110 Birmingham Road

West Bromwich

W. Midlands B70 6RP

Tel. 0121 500 5000

Fax. 0121 525 5574




Haki Universal

HAKI Limited

Magnus Tame Valley Industrial Estate


Staffordshire B77 5BY

Tel: 01827 282525 Fax: 01827 250329





George Roberts (North West) Ltd

Unit D Wakefield Road


Liverpool L30 6TL

Tel. 0151 524 2434




Layher Allround

Layher Limited

Works Road


Herts. SG6 1WL

Tel: 01462 475100 Fax: 01462 475101





Combisafe International Limited

Safety Centre

Cheaney Drive

Grange Park

Northampton NN4 5FB




Peri Up Rossett Flex

Peri Ltd

Formwork Scaffolding Engineering Market


Clifton upon Dunsmore


Warwickshire CV23 OAN

Tel. 01788 861610




Plettac (Altrad) Contur

ALTRAD Beaver 84 Ltd

Ellencroft House,

Harvey Road,


SS13 1EP

Tel 01268 727112




Plettac (Altrad) Futuro

Generation (UK) Ltd

Trinity Street

Off Tat Bank Road


West Midlands

B69 4LA

Tel 0121 543 2950




 Plettac Metrix

TRAD Hire & Sales Ltd

TRAD House

Cromwell Road


Stockport SK6 2RF

Tel 0161 494 2999 Fax 0161 494 2991 

Plus Eight

Turner Access

65 Craigton Road

Glasgow G51 3EQ


Tel: 0141 440 0663 Fax: 0141 425 1073




Scafom-rux Ringscaff

Scafom–rux UK

Strategic House

Strawberry Lane

Willenhall West Midlands WV13 3RS

Tel. 0121 522 2040 Fax: 0121 522 0010





TRAD Hire & Sales Ltd

TRAD House

Cromwell Road


Stockport SK6 2RF

Tel 0161 494 2999 Fax 0161 494 2991 



AT-PAC Ringlock

AT-PAC Complete Scaffolding Solutions

Europe Main Office

Unit F Burt’s Wharf

Crabtree Manor Way


Kent DA17 6LI




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