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Scaffolders’ CPD Update

31st March 2017

The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) have released an update on the forthcoming CPD scheme for Scaffolders.

collageEffective from 01 July 2017, for all Scaffolders wishing to renew Part Two and Advanced Scaffolding cards, the scheme is intended to ensure that all of those operating in the industry, have a sound understanding of current industry and legislative requirements.

Two separate pilot courses were run at the Midlands National Construction College earlier this year and feedback from those in attendance was very positive.

The course will consist of 4 modules, namely:

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

 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

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.

Simian has set aside dates for the delivery of the two-day CPD course and the first of these will be held at our Warrington centre in early July. Other dates will be released shortly.

Those wishing to pre-register an interest in attending, can do so by emailing Jess Hollowell via