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CISRS CPD Pilot Course Success

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CISRS CPD Pilot Course Success

CISRS has run two fully-funded CPD refresher pilot courses at NCC Midlands in Birmingham during February and March. Both of the courses delivered by lead Instructor Tony Barry received very positive feedback from the course delegates.

There was a wide range of age and experience amongst those attending the courses with one scaffolder who had gained their card via “grandfather rights,” others who qualified over 20 years ago, and some who had completed their training only five years previously. The pilot courses were specifically designed to road test and fine-tune the course content.

Tony Barry said: “I was a little uncertain as to how the course would go having both older more experienced Advanced Scaffolders mixed with younger scaffold card holders – but it actually worked well and created more discussion within the group. Other than the inspection module which required us to split the group into Basic and Advanced inspection (with another of our instructors supervising one of the groups), all other information passed on is relevant to both grades of cardholder.”

Adding diversity of experience and opinion, Rob Nicholls (lead instructor at Safety and Access) and Neil Gray (lead instructor at LTC) both sat in on the first pilot in February – taking notes on the course from a delivery point of view, assessing content, analysing the length of some course areas and providing feedback on timings and other aspects of the CPD course content and application.

After considering delegate feedback and comments along with the findings of Rob and Neil, the first course was very well received, with only a few tweaks needing to be made to Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS), Manual Handling and Anchors/Ties sections.

One of the delegates on the first pilot had initially asked if the course could have been completed in one day. However with the practical Scaffold Inspection and Mobile Aluminium Tower session and associated theory tests taking up around six hours alone, combined with the rest of the CPD/Refresher programme necessitated the full two days. The course covers a lot of ground with the pilot courses running from 8.30am to 4.30pm on both days.

Following feedback from the first course, all relevant changes were implemented prior to the second course taking place – which was again very well received. All delegates were required to complete a course evaluation form which asked them to rate all aspects of the course including centre facilities, course content course materials, instructors etc. Other than one delegate rating the catering ‘Average’ all other aspects of the course were rated as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good.’

Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, and CISRS representative, Bob Whincap attended the second CPD course, to monitor the course in action. Mr. Mosley said: “The pilot schemes have proved to be a huge success and have given us the opportunity to fine tune the two-day course content before the July roll-out.

“I asked the delegates if they felt that the course was beneficial and the group were very positive. Some had initially been sceptical due to comments made on social media and the internet about costs, duration and content. But having attended, they felt it was worthwhile and that they had been reminded of information they’d forgotten since they last attended a centre, whilst also being brought up to date on current industry guidance. They also enjoyed the opportunity to mix with other scaffolders from different companies”

Eligible delegates who took part in the pilot courses will receive their updated CISRS card with CPD, Inspection and Aluminium Tower module endorsements free of charge.

A pilot course for CISRS approved Instructors will take place at NCC Midlands on 24/25th April. CISRS are considering offering a few more funded pilot courses in May, to enable a final phase of fine tuning prior to the scheme going live 1st July, after which time all CISRS Scaffolder and Advanced cards can only be renewed by completing the CISRS two-day Scaffolder Refresher Course.

For a full a list of approved CISRS training providers, further details about CISRS CPD, CISRS card courses, OSTS news, training changes following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email for more assistance.

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CISRS UK & OSTS Spring Update

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CISRS UK & OSTS Spring Update

It’s been a busy March for the CISRS team, both here in the UK and overseas.

Simian Skill/Falk Prime Atlantic Nigerian Audit Success

Congratulations to Simian Skill and Falk Prime Atlantic for successfully completing their CISRS annual accreditation audit and carrying out their first Scaffolding Supervisors course delivered by OSTS Instructor Abid Gul at their centre in Ogun, Nigeria.

It was CISRS auditor Trevor Donoghue’s first visit to the training facility and he was suitably impressed. The centre offers a wide range of courses including offshore survival, fire safety training, oil and gas sector trade skills as well as CISRS OSTS Scaffolder Levels 1-3, Basic Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisor.

Trevor said: “Simian and Falk Prime Atlantic have a top-class facility here in Ogun, not just the practical areas and classrooms, but the whole package including medical support, restaurants, break out areas and welfare facilities. It is a credit to the management, staff and all involved”

During the visit, Trevor discussed with Simian/Falk the idea of promoting scaffolding as a career to the local government to establish if any funding could be made available to support local young people in the area and help them get into work.

CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley added, “It’s great to see the centre moving forward with the introduction of Scaffolding Supervisor training. We hope that an upturn in fortunes in the oil and gas sectors will keep the centre busy and help to establish CISRS training within the region.”

Simian can be reached on: UK: 0345 602 2418. International: 00 971 43 695067 or Email:

Training For Construction Gain Advanced Scaffolder Accreditation

Congratulations to Edmonton-based Training For Construction (TFC) for gaining Advanced Scaffolder Course accreditation this month.

Since the centre was established in December 2014, TFC has strived to keep adding to their course provision portfolio which in addition to the Advanced course includes CISRS COTS, Part 1, Part 2, Supervisor, Inspection & SSPTS Cuplok SSPTS. Well done to all concerned!

If you require training in the North London area, please contact TFC on 020 8887 9466 or go to their website for further information on course availability:

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NASC & CISRS Exhibit at The Health & Safety Event, Birmingham NEC, March 21-23 2017

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NASC & CISRS Exhibit at The Health & Safety Event, Birmingham NEC, March 21-23 2017

The NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting at ‘The Health & Safety Event’ at the NEC in Birmingham from March 21st to 23rd, on trade stand H32, right opposite the main conference theatre.

The UK’s leading scaffolding and access trade body (NASC) and the scaffolding industry training scheme (CISRS) will be promoting their roles in driving up safety standards in the work at height sector to the expected 6,000+ representatives of the construction and health and safety industries attending the event.

Billed as ‘Three Days to Save a Life,’ The Health & Safety Event boasts 200+ exhibitors and speakers from 50 influential industry professionals in over 45 conference and seminar sessions.

The NASC will be represented in the ‘Safety Dialogue’ sessions at the event, discussing fall prevention and safe working at height with presentations by high profile NASC representatives.

The dates and times for the Fall Protection Safety Dialogue sessions are as follows:

* Tues 21 March: 14.35-15.05: Simon Hughes (Simian Risk)

* Weds 22 March: 14.35-15.05: Adrian Rooney (Chair NASC Health & Safety Committee)

* Thurs 23 March: 13.20-13.50: Rick Statham (Safety & Access)

The NASC and CISRS 15 metre square stand H32 will feature a large free-standing scaffold tower – unmissable across the exhibition hall – constructed by NASC members AT-PAC, from their ringlock modular system scaffolding product.

NASC and CISRS staff will be showcasing the forthcoming 24-page NASC 2017 Safety Report – which documents and analyses accident and injury data for NASC full contracting member companies in 2016 – representing 17,005 UK scaffolding operatives and 235 NASC full member companies, which constitutes a significant proportion of the UK scaffolding workforce.

And the team will be handing out promotional material, answering enquiries about the UK access and scaffolding industry, and industry recognised scaffolders training scheme whilst also showcasing:

* New 50% reduced pricing for TG20:13 ‘Good Practice Guide for Tube & Fitting Scaffolding’ publications.

* Recent changes to the NASC membership subscription rate, introducing a lower rate of £995+ VAT for companies with a sub-£1M turnover.

* NASC President Alan Lilley’s aims and objectives for the confederation in 2017.

* NASC’s recently revised core Safety Guidance, SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations.’

* The innovative TG20:13 ‘Good Practice Guide for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding’ guidance – with live demonstrations of the TG20:13 eGuide in both PC/laptop format, and in the mobile Android App version.

* The newly re-launched, mobile-optimised NASC and CISRS websites.

* Recent news and media press releases from both organisations.

* Updates on the CISRS System Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) and the CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS).

NASC MD, Robin James said: “Having previously exhibited successfully at Health & Safety North and Scotland events, we are looking forward to showcasing the work NASC does to set standards in scaffolding at this three-day event run by Western Business Exhibitions. The event promises to offer us the opportunity of reaching out to thousands of people in the construction, health and safety and other sectors – helping to promote what NASC does to improve safety and working standards within the scaffolding and work at height industries.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley added: “With over 55,000 UK CISRS card holders and over 4,500 overseas cards, CISRS is growing strongly. This event gives us a valuable opportunity to spread the word about the industry card scheme, and promote the many positive things which are happening in the training sector – including the launch of CISRS CPD courses from 1st July 2017.”

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: “The Health & Safety Event provides the perfect networking and educational opportunity to anyone responsible for running a safe and efficient workplace, anywhere in the UK. 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, which is packed with trade stands and free seminars, interested parties should pre-register for a pass here (

And for details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC – the scaffolding industry trade organisation – please visit or email: And for further details about the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit or email