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    SCAFFOLDER TRAINING REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

    CISRS training card renewal by CPD embraced by scaffolders

    The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) has announced (Jan 2018) that over 1000 Scaffolders and Advanced Scaffolders have attended the CISRS CPD course and applied to renew their CISRS cards under the new scheme rules.

    The CISRS has been the industry recognised scaffold training scheme for over 40 years and is the preferred scaffolding qualification for major organisations including CSCS, NASC, HSE, Build UK, UNITE, UCATT and the largest scaffold systems manufacturers. The scheme has 60,000+ CISRS card holders in the UK.

    The requirement for scaffolding operatives to complete the 2-day course prior to card renewal was introduced on 1st July 2017 following an 18-month publicity campaign. Contact details for all approved centres can be found on the CISRS website.

    Demand for training “much higher than expected”

    The new course has been very well supported. The number of scaffolders looking to attend CPD has proven to be much higher than expected with centres making additional courses available to meet demand.

    Dave Mosley CISRS Scheme Manager said:

    “This is a fantastic achievement in such a short space of time, as any change to an established scheme usually takes quite a while to bed in.

    We had expected a lot of people whose cards expired in 2016 simply to take a H&S test and apply for an early renewal prior to the CPD requirement going live. These figures show that there are plenty of scaffolders who have completed the programme and demand for places on courses is increasing.”

    Jonathan Gaunt Training Manager for Generation Training Services said

    “It’s interesting to see the change in attitude of some of the scaffolders over the 2 day programme. Initially they arrive feeling that they will learn very little, however giving them a knowledge test early in the course usually highlights that there are areas they do need to brush up on.

    It’s been a long time since some of the delegates attended a training centre and for those who got their card under Grandfather Rights it could actually be the first time. After the initial uncertainty they tend to enjoy the course and mixing with their peers, the delegate feedback forms reflect a positive experience.

    We commend CISRS for responding to the demands of both the construction industry and the HSE, producing a comprehensive CPD product for Scaffolders with a very timely, positive approach.”

     

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