Inaugural CISRS instructors conference success

More than 40 delegates from 22 CISRS Scaffolding Training centres attended the inaugural CISRS Instructors Conference March 14/15, at the historic NCC East Training Centre at Bircham Newton, near King’s Lynn in Norfolk – all are now calling for it to become an annual event.

NCC East (the first scaffolding training centre to be given CISRS accreditation, more than 40 years ago) played host to the new event, which featured a Friday evening social gathering and meal – giving instructors from different centres an opportunity to meet up in informal surroundings and compare ideas – and the main body of the conference, a seminar on Saturday, which looked at the Impact on all CISRS courses of the NASC’s new TG20:13 tube and fitting Technical Guidelines.

The conference seminar featured two very detailed presentations given by Terry Roberts of CADS (TG20:13 technical authors) and Simian Risk’s Simon Hughes – looking in depth at TG20:13, with eGuide demonstrations, focusing on the specific changes that will need to be incorporated to CISRS training courses, such as:

  • Incorporating the use of pre-fabricated transom units.
  • Different styles of chimney scaffolds to be included.
  • Safe method of work for erecting floor height lifts.
  • Tube and fitting stairways to be included in CISRS Part 2.
  • SITS Courses changing from two to three days.

CADS’ Terry Roberts said: “We were hoping to give the CISRS training instructors a clear understanding of the new TG20:13 documents, so that they can be confident they are passing on all of the relevant information to the new course delegates.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley gave a presentation at the seminar, discussing TG20:13 and training implications and also the successful pilots of the Aluminium Tower training module (now completed at three CISRS centres: Training 2000, Simian Risk and NCC Midlands), which is now to be included in CISRS Part 1, 2 and Advanced courses. Mr Mosley added that a bespoke PowerPoint presentation will be distributed to the training providers shortly, which will be followed by industry promotion. The aim of the new Aluminium Tower Training course is to eliminate the requirement for some clients for CISRS qualified scaffolders to attend PASMA style courses at a later date.

Mr Mosley also discussed the new COTS (CISRS Operative Training Scheme) changes and the importance of making the courses available on a regular basis – as demand is beginning to increase within the scaffolding and access industry.

In addition there was agreement that greater standardisation of course notes across all of the centres needed to be achieved. And CISRS agreed to review Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced courses incorporating the relevant elements, so they can be issued to the providers before 1 July 2014. All of the event’s seminar PowerPoint presentations will be distributed to all CISRS training centres in order to update those instructors unable to attend the conference event and seminar.

Tony Barry, Senior Instructor at the National Construction College CITB said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for all CISRS training providers to come together and discuss how the TG20:13 suite of material would affect future CISRS training. The information and topics discussed were relevant and current. The seminar made great strides towards embedding a standardised approach for all CISRS providers and I would like to see this become annual event for all instructors.”

For further details about the new CISRS SITS 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 www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk. To obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visitwww.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13




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