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The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme

By admin on April 22, 2014 in News with 0 Comments

Every time you pass by a construction site, you will notice temporary structures hanging around. This is called scaffolding or the temporary foundation used to support workers and construction materials. Usually, scaffolding is a system of metal pipes, tubes, boards or bamboos giving workers a safe place to work on.


Scaffolding is used by Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese even as early as the ancient times when constructing their tall buildings. Fast forward to modern times, scaffolding has become a measure of stability and safe access especially to the workers. It uses tubes, couplers, boards, base plates, ladder, anchor ties and gin wheels among others. Hence, scaffolding should have uprights, ledgers and transoms in order for it to be stable.


Because of the risk involved, scaffolding requires certain qualification and knowledge from its workers. Therefore, the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme or CISRS was introduced.


What is CISRC?


Operating for more than 40 years, the CISRS has been providing practical and theoretical training and assessment coursed for scaffolding laborers, trainers and scaffolders themselves. It is aimed at recognizing the qualifications and knowledge of those who work in the scaffolding and access sector.


Like other trade schemes, CISRS will be based on formal offsite training, onsite work experience, completion of SVQ or NVQ Accessing Operations and Rigging, and examinations. However, it does not fast track the scheme since the purpose is to maintain the integrity of the scheme by making sure that its applicants meet all the requirements. Hence, CISRS is regarded as one of most highly regarded trade qualification schemes in the construction industry.


What is the scope of the CISRS?


CISRS is applicable to all scaffolding operatives who have attained a certain level of training, assessment and experience in the field. Aside from this, operatives are required to achieve Level 2 or 3 of National or Scottish Vocational Qualification (N/SVQ), depending on the relevant qualification.


CISRS also aims to provide management and supervisory training in order to meet the needs of the scaffolding industry. This is to ensure that the supervisors and managers will employ the necessary workforce and competence in the site.


Take note that all the training and assessment should be done by the facilities and training centers approved by the scheme.


What are the different categories under the scheme?


Scaffolding Operative Scheme


The Scaffolding Operative Scheme is the recognized and training and assessment scheme in the UK as well as the best practice overseas. Training, assessment and card schemes are employed under the scheme for all scaffolding operatives who use modular system of scaffolding.


In order to obtain a scaffolder card, operatives must –


  • Attend the required CISRS training courses
  • Have a required site experience in scaffolding operations
  • Provide suitable evidence for assessment
  • Complete the skills test and S/NVQ assessment
  • Take and pass the Health, Safety & Environment test or a recognized exemption


Card scheme includes –


  1. Tube and Fitting Route
  • Trainee
  • Scaffolder
  • Advanced Scaffolder
  1. System Scaffolding Route
  • Trainee
  • Scaffolder
  1. System Scaffolding Product Training Scheme
  2. Scaffolder Apprenticeship
  3. Basic Access System Erector (BASE)
  4. Scaffolding Laborer Card


Scaffolding Management and Supervisory Training


The scaffolding industry demands a required level of skill, competence and knowledge among all its workers. Hence, those who need to undergo management and supervisory training will have to attend a 5-day class in any available CISRS Training Centers.


Courses included in the 5-day training are –


  1. Health and Safety, which includes an overview of the Health & Safety Law and Health & Safety Management.
  2. Performance Standards.
  3. Employment Basics such as Recruitment, Managing Absences and Conflicts, and Discipline and Grievance.
  4. Supervisory Skills which includes planning & organization, materials & logistics, effective supervision, customer relations and effective communication among others.
  5. Commercial Essentials such as contracts awareness, managing variations, valuations and payments, and payment and dispute remedies among others.


Aside from the training, delegates are required to undergo a Risk Assessment Project. This includes taking a test and submitting a project that will contribute to the overall assessment. Once satisfied, the delegates will receive a CISRS certificate and can now apply for the Management & Supervisory Card. In this case, delegates should have taken the Supervisory Health, Safety & Environment Test within 2 years from date of application or holds a recognized exemption.


Further, delegates are required to attend a 2-day CISRS Management and Supervisory Refresher Training course every 5 years in order to maintain the status and become eligible for card renewal.


Scaffolding Inspector Training Scheme (SITS)


Last May 2010, CISRS developed 2 schemes related to scaffold inspections – the Basic and Advanced Scaffold Inspection courses.


  1. Basic Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme


This 2-day course is aimed at anyone responsible for carrying out statutory scaffold inspections pursuant to Work at Height Regulations. Scaffolders who want to expand their knowledge on scaffolding inspection can also take the course.


The course includes Initial Practical Inspection Session, Relevant Industry Technical & Safety Guidance, Identification of Scaffold components, Correct Erection procedure, Fault finding, Practical Inspection & Report Writing Assessment, Relevant Legislation and Theory Test.


Practical Inspection & Report Writing assessment and Theory Test must both be completed to pass the course.


  1. Advanced Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme


Before being admitted to the course, at least one of the requirements should be met –


  • Basic SITS cardholder for a minimum of 2 years
  • CISRS Scaffolder cardholder for a minimum of 3 years
  • CISRS Advanced cardholder
  • Have attended a retrospective Basic Inspection course within 10 years from date of application. Take note that the Basic Inspection course should be more than 2 years old.
  • Have attended a retrospective Advanced Inspection course within 10 years from date of application
  • Have attended a Basic SITS course after acceptance of CISRS-recognized inspection training


The course is ideal for professional Scaffold Inspectors, Scaffolding Supervision and Management. It will cover both basic and more complex scaffolding structures with courses such same with the Basic Scaffolding course although in a more complex manner.


A Refresher Training will also be provided every 5 years in order to maintain the status.

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