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Simian/NTI partnership opens a new CISRS centre in Oman

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Simian/NTI partnership opens a new CISRS centre in Oman

Simian Skill International and National Training Institute (NTI) part of the Babcock International Group have joined forces in order to gain CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) accreditation for a new centre in the Sultanate of Oman.

Following a pre-accreditation visit by the CISRS Manager Dave Mosley in April, Simian/NTI took the decision to source a new location for their new CISRS OSTS practical facility, which is adjacent to another of NTI’s training establishments in the Ghala Industrial Area of Muscat.

“NTI Oman are proud to be working in association with Simian Skills and to become the first CISRS approved training centre in the capital (Muscat) which can offer scaffolding programmes that meet PDO’s revised criteria. We are committed to offering world class learning solutions to the Omani market,” said NTI Business Development Manager Mohammed Atif Uzzaman.

The training centre is fitted out to a very high specification, Simian/NTI has gone to considerable expense to provide new materials and equipment for the centre audit which took place on 9th/10th of August. Newly fitted out air-conditioned classrooms and an on-site restaurant ensure that delegates will enjoy a very comfortable training experience.

Ian Fyall Operations Director for Simian Skill echoed the sentiments of Mr Uzzaman, saying: “Simian has partnered a reputable worldwide company in NTI who are part of the Babcock Group. We look forward to working together delivering quality scaffold training in the region for years to come. The centre is in pristine condition and it shows the commitment of both companies to deliver a quality product.”

The investment in the facility has paid off as the centre has gained approval to deliver the following CISRS OSTS courses Level 1, Level 2, Basic Scaffold Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisor training.

The first courses will be running in a matter of days, with a waiting list for CISRS scaffolder training already building up. Initial courses will be delivered by experienced Simian Instructors Andy Sharp and Abid Gul, who will train and mentor local instructors until they are suitably qualified and experienced to deliver OSTS courses themselves.

Dave Mosley CISRS Manager said: “Congratulations to Simian/NTI. They have created an excellent facility here in Oman, they have been very keen to come on board with the CISRS OSTS scheme and already have a number of clients seeking CISRS training, we wish them every success in this venture.”

To find out more about CISRS OSTS, the new CISRS CPD courses, obtain a copy of the CISRS CAP 609 General Information Booklet, new cards poster or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email

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NASC Meets with HSE Representatives in the South West to Discuss Scaffolding Industry Training Requirements

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NASC Meets with HSE Representatives in the South West to Discuss Scaffolding Industry Training Requirements

NASC member representatives met with HSE Inspectors in Plymouth recently to discuss ways of raising awareness of scaffolding industry training requirements in the South West.

The meeting was organised by Lynn Way (Chair of NASC South West Region) further to a request from HSE, and was kindly hosted by HSE at their North Quay Plymouth offices on Thursday 3 August. A team of HSE Inspectors from the South West was in attendance, together with representatives from NASC member companies from the region, also direct representation from NASC.

The meeting commenced with an overview of the NASC and its objectives delivered by Ken Johnson (NASC Technical Advisor). This was warmly received and was followed by a presentation about the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) delivered by Neil Gray (Senior Instructor and Health & Safety Advisor, LTC Training Services, Plymouth).

Discussion topics included Scaffold Inspection, Competency, Edge Protection and Handrails. Supervision, Standardisation and Scaffold Design were also discussed, as was the nature of basic and complex scaffold structures.

CISRS scaffolder training requirements were explained, and it was noted that CPD training was now a requirement at time of card renewal. The presentation emphasised the importance of checking CISRS cards and included an overview of CISRS course content.

Those present were advised that all NASC Health & Safety and Technical guidance (with the exception of NASC pocket guides and TG20:13 publications) was now freely available for download from the NASC website.

Helena Allum (HSE Principal Inspector, Construction) commented: “It was good to hear and talk about scaffolding with people from the industry. It was a great benefit to us all and will aid us in our job”.

Lynn Way (Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd) added: “The opportunity to meet with HSE representatives from Plymouth was really useful, and we look forward to developing this dialogue further”.

Neil Gray (LTC Training Services) said: “It was a pleasure to speak about the industry card scheme CISRS to such an attentive and interested audience. We believe the exercise was productive and beneficial”.

At the conclusion of the meeting a selection of NASC guidance and CISRS literature was presented to the team of HSE Inspectors. It is hoped that the exercise will be repeated with presentations by NASC to HSE Inspectors in other regions.

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CISRS CPD: One Month On

CISRS CPD: One Month On

Following its launch on 1 July 2017, CISRS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training has got off to a flying start. With the help of four accredited training providers – LTC Training Services Ltd, National Construction College, Safety and Access Ltd and Simian Skill Ltd – six funded courses were offered across the UK at centres located at Inchinnan (near Glasgow), Immingham, Warrington, Bircham Newton, Erith, and Plymouth.

Places were offered free of charge on a ‘first come, first served basis’ to scaffolders and advanced scaffolders who need to renew their CISRS cards before the end of this year, and around 70 operatives snapped up the places.

The courses proved to be a huge success and attracted delegates from across all sectors with those in attendance working for large companies such as Cape, Wood Group and Interserve, to those working for smaller roofing and scaffolding companies, to those who were self-employed.

Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager said: “It was really positive to see such a diverse group of scaffolders attending these courses from both large and small, National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) and non-NASC companies, the feedback has been excellent.”

Ady Ashton of Fred Champion Limited said: “As a scaffolder for over 30 years I would just like to say that I attended a two-day CPD course at LTC Training Services, Plymouth. My first thoughts of this course before starting was, it’s going to be boring and wasted money! How wrong was I? I found it to be very informative and well-presented, and the additional courses that came with it, more than worth its cost. So not only was I happy with it, I will be more than happy to inform colleagues that it’s not wasted time or money. Many thanks.”

CISRS cardholders are given six months’ notice prior to their cards expiring and can renew at any point within this period. The feeling amongst the providers was that the numbers of those attending CPD training in 2017 would be relatively low as many will have taken advantage of the six-month window i.e. cards expiring in December 2017 could have been renewed in June 2017 with only the CITB H,S&E test, prior to the 1 July deadline. There has been an increase in card renewals in the first half of the year but not as large as had been expected.

As with any change to a scheme requirement, it was felt that CPD may take a while to bed in, however several centres have reported a good response to its introduction and are arranging for additional courses to take place in order to meet demand.

The aim of the CPD course is to ensure that all scaffolders and advanced scaffolders are up to date with the latest legislation and industry guidance at the point of card renewal. There is a range of information which is relevant to all elements of the scaffolding sector. As with all CISRS programmes the course will be reviewed periodically to ensure it remains relevant.

Scott To of Hewaswater Scaffolding Ltd said: “The content was very good and it covered most aspects of our business nicely. Initially I was sceptical, we had a wide range of scaffolders with a huge amount of experience on the course yet I can confidently say we all learned something.”

The CPD courses will usually cost around £250-£300, however several of the CISRS providers are currently running introductory offers and keeping prices lower than this. All companies paying CITB levy will be able to claim attendance grants of £50 per day for those completing CISRS CPD. NASC has set up a funding programme of £50K which will offer an additional £125 for member companies who support their employees and renew their cards through the CPD process.

For a full list of CISRS training providers offering CPD please visit