Safety & Access

What Does CISRS Mean?

November 27th, 2019

Here at Safety & Access, we take CISRS training seriously. We’re one of the UK’s leading CISRS Scaffolding training providers and we offer a range of professional support services across several different industry sectors.

You can make sure that your team meet health and safety regulations with our CISRS training courses, at both managerial and operative levels. We offer those courses both onsite, or at our purpose-built training facilities in the East Midlands and Humberside.

In today’s article, we’re going to take a closer look at what CISRS means. With this knowledge, you’ll understand what the training courses involve, and what the purpose of the training is. You’ll learn more about the Scaffolding training standard and why it’s essential that your team adhere to it onsite.

So, What Does CISRS Mean?

CISRS is the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme. It’s been the industry recognised scaffold training scheme for more than 40 years.

Most major organisations will prefer that your staff are trained and fully qualified to construct, use and dismantle scaffolding with the CISRS scaffolding qualification. Some of those major organisations include:

  • Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS)
  • National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC)
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Build UK
  • Unite Scaffolding Ltd

Currently, there are more than 60,000 CISRS card holders – and that’s just in the United Kingdom. These CISRS cards identify which level of training the individual has received, and what they’re qualified to construct, inspect and approve.

Who Needs a CISRS Card?

Anybody working on site for a scaffolding company should have a CISRS card. Even if a labourer never leaves ground level, he or she should still apply for the relevant CISRS card. They must first complete the relevant health, safety and environment tests, before undertaking the CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) course.

It’s important that anybody working with scaffolding or on site and within the vicinity of scaffolding is trained on the scaffolding they’re working with. With CISRS, everybody is trained to the same standard and there’s a consistent approach to health and safety.

Which CISRS Cards Are Available?

Once a member of staff has completed their CISRS training course, they’ll receive the appropriate CISRS card. This card details the worker’s skillset and qualifications when it comes to scaffolding.

At the most basic level, a trainee scaffolder will not undertake any scaffolding activities unless they are “under the direct supervision of a qualified scaffolder.” When they’re looking to progress, they can take part in the CISRS Part 1 Course.

The CISRS Scaffolding Labourer Card, on the other hand, is “aimed at operatives who carry out onsite labouring/driving duties in support of scaffolding operations.”

These are the CISRS Cards available after the relevant training has been completed:

  • Trainee Scaffolder
  • BASE
  • Labourer
  • Scaffolder (System)
  • Scaffolder (Tube & Fitting)
  • Advanced Scaffolder
  • Basic Scaffold Inspection
  • Advanced Scaffold Inspection
  • Supervisor

It’s important that workers in the United Kingdom are trained to the same standard. CISRS achieve that with their range of training courses. From Trainee Scaffolders to Supervisors, each team member is aware of the health and safety precautions they must follow with scaffolding constructions in industry.

CISRS Training Courses with Safety & Access

If you’re looking to take the step towards the next CISRS Card or push your team towards the next qualification, then you’ll be interested in one of the CISRS Scaffolding Training Courses run by our team.

Find out when the next Scaffolding Training course is taking place and enroll both you and your team on the relevant course. Our Safety & Access Ltd team are in your area and we make sure that you get the high-quality and professional scaffold training that you need. If your small or medium company meets the criteria, you may even meet the requirements for funding that can be put towards your training.

Get in touch today to find out how Safety & Access can help.