Scaffolders Record Card

Individuals

The law requires that individual operatives be competent in scaffold erection, dismantling and alteration. The easiest way to prove competence as a scaffolder is to be a holder of a Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Card.

A CISRS card holder will be accepted as being competent to carry out scaffolding erection, dismantling and alteration as part of a scaffolding gang. Scaffolders should be required to produce a valid CISRS card prior to a project commencing.

The Validity of a CISRS card can be quickly confirmed by contacting the CISRS Helpline 0844 815 7223

 

Supervision

When considering the direct supervision of a scaffolding gang i.e. a working foreman, leading hand etc, the operative in this role must be qualified to the grade of CISRS Scaffolder as a minimum requirement.

For more complex scaffold structures, a CISRS Advanced Scaffolder must undertake direct supervision of the gang.

Supervision of a Scaffolding project/site as a whole (liaising with client, deploying operatives, estimating, inspection, pricing, H&S issues etc) must also be carried out by a competent person, however this may not necessarily be a CISRS qualified Scaffolder.

For details on system scaffolding training please click here.

For details on scaffold inspection please click here.

 

Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS)

CISRS aims to ensure that operatives erecting, altering or dismantling scaffolds are properly trained and have sufficient experience to carry out work safely and correctly. The scheme, which is the industry-recognised qualification, has been in existence for over 30 years and is affiliated to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). At present, there are over 27,000 scaffolders registered with CISRS. CISRS issues record cards to operatives who have satisfactorily completed the required training, gained appropriate experience, achieved the relevant NVQ/SVQ and passed the industry recognised Construction Skills (CSkills) Health and Safety test.

Please note Neither CISRS certificates of training or S/NVQ Access and Rigging Operations Levels 2 and 3 are recongised as a stand alone qualification. An operative must meet all the requisite CISRS criteria before being deemed competent.

 

ASK TO SEE THE CISRS CARD!

There are five types of cards:

CISRS Labourer Card
For operatives who will only be involved with the labouring duties, moving materials etc. If the operative will be required to carry out any scaffolding works they must hold a CISRS Trainee card or above.

For further information on the CISRS Labourers Card please click here.
 

CISRS Trainee Scaffolder Card
For operatives working towards the CISRS Scaffolder qualification. CISRS Trainee Scaffolders should not be carrying out any work unless under the direct supervision of CISRS qualified Scaffolder.

For further information on the CISRS Trainee Scaffolder Card please click here.
 

CISRS Scaffolders Card
For operatives required to erect, dismantle and alter scaffolding.

For further information on the CISRS Scaffolders Card please click here.
 

CISRS Advanced Scaffolders Card
For operatives required to erect, dismantle or alter scaffolding of a complex nature.

For further information on the CISRS Advanced Scaffolders Card please click here.
 

CISRS Supervisors Card
For operatives involved in Supervising Scaffolding Works on site, i.e. Site Foreman, These may not necessarily be qualified scaffolders.

For further details on the CISRS Supervisors Card please click here.

 

 

CISRS Labourers Card

In order to obtain a Labourers card, the operative will have needed to:

  • Pass the CSkills Health and Safety Test
  • Complete the CISRS Labourers Application/Employer Endorsement Form

 

The Labourers Card lasts for 5 years. The card can be renewed by completing the CSkills H&S test.

 

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CISRS Trainee Scaffolder Card

In order to obtain a Trainee Record Card, the operative will have needed to:

  • Pass the CSkills Health and Safety Test
  • Complete the CISRS Trainee Application/Employer Endorsement Form

Since November 2006 initial CISRS Trainee cards last for a period of 18 months. Within this time an operative must commence CISRS training and complete as a minimum the CISRS Part 1 course.

When the initial card expires providing the operative has completed CISRS Part 1 training they can renew their Trainee card for a further 18-month period. This will allow them sufficient time to complete CISRS Part 2 training and Level 2 N/SVQ.

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CISRS Scaffolder Card

 

In order to obtain a CISRS Scaffolder Card, the operative will have needed to:

  • Completed CISRS Part 1 and Part 2 courses, or have completed Assessed Route of Entry course at an Accredited Centre

(Note the Assessed Route of Entry for Experienced workers was withdrawn in June 2006)

  • Achieved an NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Scaffolding (when training started after 01 September 1996)
  • Completed a CSkills H&S test

CISRS Scaffolder cards have a five-year expiry date and can be renewed by completing the CSkills H&S test.

This category was previously known as a “Basic” Scaffolder.

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CISRS Advanced Scaffolder Card

In order to obtain an Advanced Scaffolding Card, the operative will have needed to:

  • Completed CISRS Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced Scaffolding course at an Accredited Centre; or Complete an Assessed Route of Entry course at an Accredited Centre

(Note the Assessed Route of Entry for Experienced workers was withdrawn in June 2006)

  • Achieved an NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Scaffolding (when training started after 01 September 1996)
  • Completed a CSkills H&S test

CISRS Advanced cards have a five-year expiry date and can be renewed by completing the CSkills H&S test.

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Systems Scaffolding

CISRS Part 1 and 2 courses can now be undertaken in prefabricated systems scaffolding. The route to qualification for a new entrant would mirror the tube and fitting route as outlined above.

CISRS Scaffolders (tube and fitting) can undertake 2-day product system familiarisation courses. These are product specific and once completed can be shown as an endorsement on the back of the CISRS card.

This is a relatively recent development to the scheme and currently system card numbers are low. However it should not prevent the client asking the scaffolding contractors to prove competency in the systems they are using.

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CISRS Supervisors Card

 

In order to obtain a Supervisors card, the applicant will have needed to:

  • Completed the CISRS 5 day Supervisory Course
  • Completed the CSkills Supervisory Health and Safety test

 

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Scaffold Inspection

CISRS are in the process of developing a formally recognised Inspection course for both Scaffolders and non-scaffolders, which will be in place by January 2009.

As there are currently no industry regulated inspection courses in place the NASC recommends that CISRS qualified scaffolders are competent to inspect scaffolds up to the grade of the card they hold. i.e. CISRS Scaffolders can inspect Basic structures e.g. independents, birdcages, towers etc and Advanced Scaffolders can inspect both Basic and Advanced works such as suspended scaffolds, temporary roofs, shoring work etc.

It may be considered pertinent to request that a Scaffolder does not inspect his own work.

Many inspection courses are on offer and have been completed by non scaffolders over the years, if you have one of your own employees who is going to inspect scaffolding on your behalf you may want to consider, the course duration, content, date of delivery, who delivered the course, the employees knowledge and experience of Scaffolding etc before deeming them competent to carry out the task.

If you require further information on CISRS visit www.cisrs.org.uk

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