Construction Card Courses

CISRS Part 1

What is the course?

This CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme) Part 1 course gives you a qualification long established as the industry recognised training scheme for working with scaffolding. CISRS qualifications are preferred by house builders, the HSE, unions and scaffold system manufacturers. Our ten day training builds on safety skills learned on our CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) course and teaches you core scaffolding skills.

Course content

Our course focusses on essential skills including erecting, dismantling and altering basic scaffolding and access structures. It covers:

  • Material requirements for all basic scaffold types
  • Interpretation of simple scaffolding plans and drawings
  • Both system and tube and fitting type scaffolds
  • Erecting both independent and putlog scaffolds
  • Altering existing scaffolds
  • Safety regulations and best practice, including SG4 compliance
  • Safely overcoming obstacles to normal set-up
  • Basic tie testing

How is the course taught and assessed?

The trainers ensure you obtain a broad overview of basic scaffolding skills through classroom study, practical exercises and computer based learning. Assessment of your competence is based both on test scores and your participation in group activities.

What qualification will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you are awarded a CISRS Scaffolding Part 1 certificate, valid for life.

What can I do next?

When you have your CISRS Scaffolding Part 1 certificate plus at least six months site experience as a level 1, you qualify to take the CISRS Part 2 course.

A CISRS Scaffolding Part 1 or Part 2 certificate enables you to obtain or renew your Red (Trainee Scaffolder) CISRS Card (note this can only be renewed once).

When you have obtained Part 1 and Part 2, a Scaffolding NVQ L2 or higher and passed your CISRS Skills Test you are eligible for your Blue (Scaffolder) CISRS Card.

Entry requirements

To take the CISRS Scaffolding Part 1 course you need:

  • To have held a CISRS Labourer card or a CISRS Trainee Scaffolder card for at least six months prior to joining the course
  • The physical ability to ascend and descend ladders, and handle both scaffold poles and boards
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

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