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NASC welcomes publication of revised HSE Scaffold Checklist

NASC welcomes publication of revised HSE Scaffold Checklist

The NASC has welcomed the publication of the recently amended ‘HSE Scaffold Checklist’. The document is intended to clarify when scaffold design is required, and the level of training and competence which those erecting, inspecting and supervising the erection, alteration and dismantling of scaffolding are expected to have.

Information and advice contained within the revised document relates to all types of scaffolding structures. All key areas have been covered, including planning, client/user responsibilities, design information requirements, competence and supervision of operatives, inspection of scaffold structures, and the requirement for adequate fall prevention measures.

NASC President, Kevin Ward said: “The HSE should be applauded for producing an excellent updated version of the HSE Scaffold Checklist. I think this will be a very useful and informative document for scaffolding contractors, users of scaffolding and persons affected by scaffolding operations. It is a job really well done.

“The checklist will be an excellent reference point for all scaffolding industry stakeholders, regardless of whether they are clients, safety professionals, scaffolding contractors or third parties who can be affected by scaffolding operations.

“It has been put together in an easy to understand and user friendly format, referencing pertinent industry regulations whilst also recognising new and established good practice guidance within the scaffolding industry, such as TG20:13.

“I would encourage all stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the content of the document and keep a copy of the checklist readily to hand. There is little doubt that HSE inspectors will expect compliance with the information contained within.”

Justine Lee, HM Inspector of Health and Safety (Construction Sector Safety Risk Management Team) said: “The HSE Scaffold Checklist is intended to help all those involved in scaffolding operations to understand and comply with their legal obligations. It has been revised primarily to clarify when a scaffold design is required, as explained in NASC Technical Guidance TG20:13. It also sets out what level of training and competence those erecting, dismantling, altering inspecting and supervising scaffolding operations are expected to have.

“In addition, the checklist contains some good practice information which, when followed, can ensure a safe and robust planning process is followed for the benefit of everyone. I would urge all those in the scaffolding industry to take time to read this document and ensure that it is followed within your individual businesses.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director added: “Documents such as the HSE Scaffold Checklist, and our own TG20:13 best practice guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding, can only help to improve the quality and safety of scaffolding across the UK. The NASC whole-heartedly supports the HSE approach and would encourage all to read this revised document and adhere to its principles.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffold industry guidance trade body organisation – please visit or email: And to obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit

A copy of the HSE’s new Scaffold Checklist can be found here:

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NASC Sponsors CITB Pride of Construction Awards

NASC Sponsors CITB Pride of Construction Awards

The NASC was represented at the CITB’s Pride of Construction Awards on Wednesday 10th September – helping to celebrate 50 years of the Construction Industry Training Board and also sponsoring the event, along with major media titles, Construction News and the Daily Mirror.

This large industry event, held at Old Billingsgate in London, aimed to “celebrate the apprentices, employers and strategic partners most dedicated to the skills and training agenda.” And the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the prestigious CITB Gold Awards – with TV presenter, comedian and actor, Alexander Armstrong hosting.

There was a range of categories at the awards – from Scaffolding Apprentice of the Year to Outstanding Training Partner of the Year, with judging by a panel of CITB experts and industry faces, such as CITB CEO, Adrian Belton, Government Chief Construction Advisor, Peter Hansford, Institute of Civil Engineers ex-President, Professor Barry Clarke, Construction News Associate Editor, Damon Schünmann and CITB Chairman and Wates Construction chair, James Wates.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director said: “As the representative trade body for the UK access and scaffolding industry the NASC was delighted to be associated with the CITB 50th Pride of Construction Awards.

“The NASC would like to congratulate CITB on this landmark achievement, and wishes the organisation every success over the next 50 years.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC the scaffold industry guidance trade body organisation – please visit or email: To obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit

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New CISRS Scaffold Training Facility in South Korea

New CISRS Scaffold Training Facility in South Korea

CISRS have opened a brand new CISRS scaffolding training facility in South Korea for CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) courses.

Following a recent trip to the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Scaffolder Training Centre in South Korea by CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley, the facility has gained accreditation for the delivery of scaffolder skills training, scaffold inspection and scaffold supervisory qualifications.

The new facility (run by CISRS-approved training provider, Safety & Access) will provide key support training services to Samsung and their scaffolding operations, for at least the next two years – which will provide a great boost in the number of CISRS OSTS qualified operatives in the region. Since the introduction of the CISRS scheme last July over 1,000 CISRS cards have been issued relating to Level 1 and 2 Scaffolder, Scaffold Inspection and Scaffold Supervisor Training.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley conducted a full, independent audit of the new centre and said: “We are delighted to be able to grant accreditation to Safety and Access. This centre demonstrates the growing popularity and recognition of the CISRS scheme across the globe. We are thankful to Samsung Heavy Industries for supporting and promoting the OSTS overseas scheme. They really are leading the way in this part of the world and we would like to think that the other major players within the shipbuilding sector will follow their lead based upon the improved standard of scaffolding on site since the introduction of CISRS training.”

CISRS training in the Far East region has been led by Safety and Access for almost 18 months – almost exclusively for their client Samsung Heavy Industries, who operate a huge shipyard at the Geoje Island site in the South of the country.
The opening of this new CISRS centre follows recent overseas expansion by approved providers, Safety & Access – with the opening of two centres in the Middle East situated in UAE and Qatar to add the two existing centres in the UK in Nottingham and North East Lincolnshire.

Safety & Access Joint Managing Director, Rick Statham commented: “We recognise and promote only independent CISRS accreditations for scaffolding in the UK and internationally and are extremely proud of this ongoing recognition of our professional and dedicated approach to providing quality training to our clients. We would also like to thank our client Samsung Heavy Industries for investing in the provision of the scheme and we look forward to continuing this service for years to come in the region.

“As a provider that has delivered CISRS training for many years in the UK, we are delighted to be able to offer the similarly accredited scheme to our clients on an international basis, having exceeded the 1,000 mark can only serve to provide a benchmark for other heavy industries and clients within the oil and gas business.”

For further details about all CISRS OSTS overseas accredited training centres, tube and fitting and system scaffolding CISRS courses, or for information about any of the scaffolding training courses on offer in the UK or abroad, please visit or email

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NASC hosts UEG delegation visit to UK

NASC hosts UEG delegation visit to UK

The NASC recently hosted a meeting of the Union of European Scaffolding Contractors (UEG) – the representative body for national scaffolding organisations in Europe – as part of its role as the UK access and scaffolding representative organisation in the UEG.

The NASC hosted 10 UEG delegates in London, including representatives from Germany, Switzerland, and Norway, at a meeting to discuss issues affecting the access and scaffolding industry across Europe. The NASC also hosted a visit by UEG delegates to the viewing platform of The Shard in the City of London, to showcase construction activity across the capital.

The UEG delegation then visited the NASC offices in Blackfriars, and were particular interested in the recently published TG20:13 good practice guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding TG20:13 – enjoying demonstrations of the TG20:13 eGuide on the new Android App.

UEG delegates enjoying the sights following their meeting in London

NASC Managing Director, Robin James said: “The confederation is extremely proud to be the UK representative organisation member in the UEG. It was excellent to be able to host a meeting of this group here in London.

“Whilst still a relatively young body, the UEG is making great progress, and includes eight national representative organisations in the access and scaffolding sector in its membership. The group meets regularly with a view to sharing best practice and developing industry standards across Europe. Particular regard is paid to training and health and safety.”

Before departing, the UEG delegates enjoyed a visit to the NCC Waltham Forest training centre, where they were able to observe scaffolding training at first hand, within a specially segregated viewing area.

The visit to NCC Waltham Forest concluded with a presentation by CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme), which outlined the history and background to the development of CISRS as the industry training scheme.

UEG delegates at NCC Waltham Forest following a demonstration of scaffolding training

To find out more about the NASC or how to become an NASC Information Member or a Full Member, please visit or email:

The Union of European Scaffolding Contractors (UEG) is the representative body for the scaffolding industry in Europe. It was founded on 25 October 2008 and its membership is comprised of national scaffolding industry organisations from Germany, UK, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway and Finland.
The aims of the UEG are:

  • The collation, representation and promotion of common technical, human, commercial, social and cultural interests of member organisations at a European level.
  • The development of comparable and general standards in scaffolding.
  • The evaluation of European legislative processes in respect of their effect on scaffolding.
  • The provision of expert representation to European bodies.
  • The facilitation of permanent links and exchanges between the members – a European network for scaffolding.

For further details on the Union of European Scaffolding Contractors (UEG), please visit:

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NASC updated Safety and Technical guidance

NASC updated Safety and Technical guidance

Following the successful publication and launch of TG20:13 Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding earlier this year, the confederation has turned its attention to the review of additional NASC Safety and Technical Guidance titles in line with its five year review policy.

Six important and recently updated Safety Guidance (SG) notes have been published comprising the following titles:

  • SG3:14 – Earthing of Scaffolding Structures

  • SG7:14 – Risk Assessments & Method Statements (RAMS)

  • SG10:14 – Use of Brickguards

  • SG16:14 – Management of Fall Protection Equipment

  • SG18:14 – Welfare Facilities for the Scaffolding Contractor

  • SG25:14 – Access and Egress from Scaffolds, via Ladders and Stair Towers etc

SG7:14 – Risk Assessments & Method Statements (RAMS)
is of particular importance, as it reflects the legal requirement for risk assessments to be combined with method statements. This guidance includes a template for method statements to assist scaffolding contractors when preparing job specific method statements.

Updated guidance on access and egress will also be welcomed by the scaffold and access industry, as will guidance on welfare facilities and the management of fall protection equipment.
Additionally, the confederation has issued two updated Technical Guidance (TG) notes as follows:

  • TG10:14 – Flame Retardant Treatments for Timber Scaffold Boards and Battens

  • TG16:14 – Anchoring to the Ground

Adrian Rooney, Chairman of the NASC Health and Safety Committee, said: “The updating and release of these guidance notes shows the effort and commitment shown by NASC member companies – and above all those who work on NASC committees and groups to produce safety guidance, training and associated literature – in setting industry standards for scaffolding.

“NASC member companies continue to see a fall in overall figures for accidents/incidents, despite an increase in the number of operatives. And most heartening is the correlation between member figures and those for our industry as a whole, which shows that member companies continue to outperform the industry.

“The NASC Health and Safety Committee works tirelessly to produce best practice guidance for the industry which is widely accepted as a major contribution towards making our industry safer for all. And, in addition to these recent releases, further updated NASC Safety and Technical guidance titles will be released in the autumn.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James added: “The confederation is extremely grateful to the members of its working committees whose painstaking input to the review of these documents will ensure that the industry as a whole is able to benefit from the expertise of NASC member representatives.

“These updated Safety and Technical Guidance notes will be used to help raise standards and levels of safety in the scaffolding and access industry – the core aim of the NASC.”

All of the above NASC guidance is available for purchase from the NASC website publications section: alternatively, please email: for assistance.

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NASC & CISRS set to exhibit at Health & Safety North Event in Bolton 8-9 October 2014

NASC & CISRS Set To Exhibit at Health & Safety North Event in Bolton 8-9 October 2014

The NASC will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Health & Safety North event being held at Bolton Arena from October 8-9th 2014, on trade stand B16.

NASC will be actively promoting the work of the confederation to representatives of the construction and health and safety industries attending the event, which is set to attract over 3,000 visitors. In addition, they will be showcasing the innovative TG20:13 tube and fitting technical guidance at the show – with live demonstrations of the TG20:13 eGuide in both PC/laptop format, and in the new Android App version, which provides a mobile, digital good practice guide for tube and fitting scaffolding.

Copies of the NASC 2014 Health and Safety Report will be available to pick up from the stand, together with recent NASC press releases and examples of NASC publications. And NASC staff will be on-hand to answer questions about the confederation and its guidance to event delegates.

The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) will be sharing stand B16 with the NASC, demonstrating the latest information on SITS and COTS scaffolding training courses, along with information on changes to the Basic, Part One, Part Two and Advanced scaffolding courses following the launch of TG20:13 earlier this year. Copies of the CAP General Information booklet will also be available together with press releases to promote the work of the industry recognised scaffold training scheme.


NASC MD, Robin James said: “Following on from the recent success at the S&H Expo at ExCeL in London earlier this year – where there was a huge amount of interest in what the organisation does, especially in TG20:13 – we are looking forward to promoting scaffolding best practice and showcasing recent NASC technical and safety guidance to the thousands of visitors anticipated at this northern-based event.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley added: “There was so much interest in scaffold and access training at the S&H Expo, and we expect similarly high levels of interest in CISRS training at the Health & Safety North. We are looking forward to widening the reach of the organisation there in October, in conjunction with the NASC.”

Health & Safety Events were first launched in 2007 and have expanded rapidly with support from the industry’s leading stakeholders, such as the British Safety Council. The event organisers say: “Each event brings together the very best of the UK health & safety industry at a strategically positioned venue. Combining ease of access for the visitor with affordability and measurable ROI for the exhibitor is what makes these events so popular. “

In order to attend this free event, loaded with trade stands and packed with free seminars, interested parties should pre-register for a pass at:

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC – the scaffold industry guidance trade
body organisation – please visit or email: To obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit

And for further details on the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit or email

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NASC & CISRS Re-develop CITB Level Two Scaffolding Diploma

NASC & CISRS Re-develop CITB Level Two Scaffolding Diploma

The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) and Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) have recently been assisting the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) with a radical re-development of its Level Two Diploma for scaffolding apprentices (No. 601/3726/5). The new Diploma in Scaffolding will be available for registration from September 1st 2014.
A working party made up of representatives from CISRS, NASC, the CITB awarding body, approved training providers (NCC Midlands, Simian Skills and Safety and Access) and Scaffolding contractors including NASC members, Brand Energy (SGB), Deborah Services Ltd and Complete Access (Scaffolding) Ltd, has been meeting in recent months to review the content of the Level Two Scaffolding diploma.

The main focus has been to bring the diploma in line with the launch of the NASC’s new ‘best practice guidelines for tube and fitting scaffolding’ – TG20:13. And in addition to this, other “outstanding issues” have been resolved e.g. splitting the Independent scaffold from the Birdcage scaffold exercises, to enable them to be taken as standalone units. The new qualification has also been updated to include a unit on Prefabricated Aluminium Towers.

A CITB spokesperson said: “The Level Two Diploma in Scaffolding was initially launched in August 2013 as part of the Training Qualification Review, as such it was updated in line with legislation and industry guidance that was valid at that time. It was however recognised that the scaffolding sector was going through a series of changes at this point, most importantly the imminent introduction of TG20:13 which was scheduled to be released in Spring 2014. Following an approach from NASC and CISRS, we felt a further review to the existing qualification content to confirm it met the new requirements was justified. After a meeting with them and other industry representatives, it was established that the qualification did require updating to ensure it was fit for purpose and met with what the industry needs to effectively train its workforce.”


Dave Mosley (CISRS Scheme Manager) said: “We had originally looked at the diploma with a view to replacing some of the construction industry generic elements with more scaffolding sector specific items. It soon became apparent that following the launch of TG20:13 there where several existing units which would now need further examination. The working group has performed very well and we would we like to thank CITB for their positive and swift response to our sector’s request for a review. We are happy with the changes and feel that the industry now has a more relevant and representative diploma on offer.”

For further details about CISRS courses and training changes following the introduction of TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email And to obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit

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NASC Member Apprentices well represented at annual NCC Awards

NASC Member Apprentices well represented at annual NCC Awards

The National Construction College – the training provider for the Construction Industry Training Board, CITB – has just hosted its annual NCC award ceremonies, at regional venues across the UK, in Scotland, South and London, Midlands and the East.

The NASC sponsored the Access category of the NCC Apprentice Awards, and is pleased to report that NASC member companies provided a large number of the nominees for awards in Year One and Year Two Scaffolding, including all three nominees in NCC South and London, and NCC East. There were also NASC member nominees and winners in the Essential Skills Apprentices Award category too.

NASC Managing Director, Robin James said: “Historically, NASC member companies have always done well getting their apprentices into the NCC Awards, and this year is no exception – with a number of nominees and two winners in the 2014 Awards.”

CISRS Training Manager Dave Mosley, said: “Congratulations to all those NASC member companies who had apprentices nominated for awards at recent round of National Construction College Apprentice events. NASC were particularly well represented in the NCC South and London region, with all three Year One nominees, including the winner, being employed by member companies.

“The NCC Awards are a great way of celebrating apprenticeship schemes in scaffolding and access, which we fully support. We’d like to wish each apprentice nominated and those who won awards our congratulations, and we wish them every success in their scaffolding and access careers.”

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The National Construction College continues to be the largest training provider of its kind in Europe – supporting over 26,000 individuals every year including over 700 apprentices, and enjoying achievement rates well above the national average.

An NCC spokesperson said: “Each year, at our annual Apprentice Awards ceremonies, we celebrate the success of those apprentices who have made an outstanding contribution to their studies and have demonstrated a real commitment to kick starting their careers in the construction sector.”

For further details about CISRS training courses, information and dates on courses available, a full list of training providers or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email

Full list of NASC members’ workforce nominated for NCC Apprentice Awards 2014 (winners in bold)

NCC Scotland Year 1 Scaffolding Apprentice
Lee Bannerman                                 MJD & Sons (Scaffolding) Ltd
Michael Glen                                     Cape Industrial Services Ltd

NCC Scotland Year 2 Scaffolding Apprentice
Andrew Mooney                                Interserve Industrial Services Ltd

NCC Midlands Year 1 Scaffolding Apprentice
Steven Symes                                   Oxford Spires Scaffolding Ltd

NCC South and London Year 1 Scaffolding Apprentice
Ashley Wattingham                         Access Solutions Scaffolding Ltd
Wayne Mills                                      Lyndon Scaffolding PLC
Matthew Gilchrist                               Seabro Ltd

NCC South and London Year 2 Scaffolding Apprentice
James Helder                                    BJ Champion Scaffolding Ltd

NCC East Year 2 Scaffolding Apprentice
Terry Crowdy                                     Fourways Plant Ltd
Steve Stone                                      Blencowe Scaffolding Ltd

NCC East Essential Skills Award
Marc Whitestone                               J.W. Scaffolding Ltd
James Wade                                   J.W. Scaffolding Ltd 

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NASC President’s New Scaffolding Apprentices Challenge Update

NASC President’s New Scaffolding Apprentices Challenge Update

NASC President, Kevin Ward’s scheme to create a minimum of 400 new scaffolding apprentices during his two-year term is off to a flying start.

New apprentices are listed within the challenge figures once they have successfully completed their induction training. The total currently stands at 153, meaning the membership is on track to meet its target.

Mr Ward – a former scaffolding apprentice himself – unveiled his ambitious scheme at the NASC AGM on November 22nd 2013, also revealing that The Teenage Cancer Trust would be a beneficiary of the challenge, with each new apprentice generating £100 in sponsorship from participating NASC member companies. Assuming the 400 apprentices target is met, this will mean the charity will receive a minimum donation of £40,000 from NASC members, through the two year programme.

NASC President, Kevin Ward said:  “If we reach our target this will not only bring much needed new blood into our industry at a time when many members are experiencing problems with the supply of labour, but will also result in a sizeable donation to a very worthy cause. “I’m very pleased with the quick, positive response from NASC member companies to date, well done and thank you for the support.”

“Of course, we must not rest on our laurels. There’s still a long way to go to reach our goal in just over 15 months’ time.”

It is interesting to note that one in four member companies, representing a healthy mix of large, medium and smaller sized businesses, has put one, or in some cases several, new apprentices through their induction training since the challenge was issued in November. We have been advised that a considerable number of new apprentices have since been registered and are now awaiting available dates to complete their induction before being added to the list.

Mr Ward believes that the NASC membership has a responsibility to lead from the front and set the right example to the rest of the scaffolding industry, as well as to clients. The confederation would urge any of its members yet to take on any new apprentices since November to get recruiting now and play their part in ensuring that the sector has a skilled workforce for the future.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “I am confident NASC members will get behind the scheme and it should be a relatively straightforward commitment for us to fulfil as the members are great supporters of CISRS training.” He added “I would like to hear from any member company struggling to find a placement with a suitable approved training provider for any of its new apprentices and we will do whatever we can to help them out.”

The NASC’s President’s apprenticeship scheme has the backing of the Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP – after NASC President, Kevin Ward wrote to the Prime Minister to inform him of the challenge.

Mr Hancock said: “Apprentices are at the heart of the Government’s drive to equip people of all ages with the skills employers need to grow and compete. Research shows Apprenticeships are good for people, good for the economy, and help employers build a loyal and competent workforce. We rely on employers offering opportunities, so I welcome your support of the Apprenticeships programme in making this new commitment.”

Michelle Aucott, Regional Fundraiser for The Teenage Cancer Trust added: “We are very excited with the plan… and we would like to thank the NASC membership for supporting The Teenage Cancer Trust. This money will make such a difference to the lives of teenagers and young adults that have been affected by cancer. We rely on donations to fund our vital work and help transform the lives of young people with cancer.”

To discover more about and get involved with the NASC’s 400 Apprentices drive and The Teenage Cancer Trust charity work, please visit, email or call 020 7822 7400.

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WATA receives CISRS accreditation

WATA receives CISRS accreditation

West Anglia Training Association (WATA) of Huntingdon, Cambridge has become the latest training provider to gain Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) accreditation.

Following successful completion of their CISRS accreditation audit which took place in early June, WATA can now offer the following courses: CISRS Part 1 Scaffolding, CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS), Basic Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS), and they are also looking to offer several System product courses in the near future.

A brand new purpose built practical training area has been erected at their site at Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. It is fitted out to the highest specification using what the experienced staff at WATA feel are the most effective and efficient ideas for layout, training structures etc. that they had witnessed whilst visiting or working at other approved training providers.

Dave Mosley CISRS Scheme Manager said: “WATA’s commitment to the CISRS scheme is reflected in the investment and drive they put into producing this high quality facility. Only six months ago on my first visit to the proposed site it was just a field with a few rabbits running around, in the very short time since that visit they now have an excellent centre in which to deliver CISRS training.”

The other facilities within the campus are of equally high quality, the classrooms, on site canteen and welfare provision will all make for a very conducive atmosphere for learning.

WATA will also offer Scaffolding Apprenticeships, which will be welcomed by the industry as there has been very high demand for apprentice places of late.

The Centre has managed to secure some additional funding and as such are currently able to offer CISRS training at a subsided rate. For more details on this you should contact the centre directly tel. 01480 435544 or email

Chief Executive Officer Nigel Donohue said: “We are delighted to have gained our initial CISRS accreditation at WATA, we have a great facility here and very experienced staff and it is our intention to add to the suite of CISRS courses we offer with Part 2 and Advanced Scaffolding as soon as the scheme rules allow.”

For further details about all CISRS accredited training centres, tube and fitting and system scaffolding CISRS courses, or for information about any of the scaffolding training courses on offer, please visit or email