NASC Explaining CISRS Scaffolder Cards

Scaffold Safety

The purpose of this toolbox talk is to give an overview of the training courses and qualifications that are offered by sea is RS. CIS RS has been around for over 40 years and it originated as a recognised qualification for the scaffolding trade. in 1979.

Training experience and an assessment became the ethos of the scheme and still remains that way today. This talk is going to give you an overview of what’s covered on the CIS or S scheme. But before further more detailed information, please refer to the sea is RS website and download a copy of the general information. It’s also available in hard copy.

 I’m going to start with the c skills health and safety test for all of the cards within the C as C is RS scheme, you will have to complete a health and safety tests or one of the recognized exemptions see the website for details of the exemptions available. You have to ensure that you have the right test.

For the card that you’re applying. For example, if you’re applying for the scaffolding supervisors card, then you’ll have to ensure that you do a supervisory and management health and scaffold safety test. The scaffolding laborers card, it was introduced to provide a recognized card for those that operatives in the scaffolding trade that support the work undertaken by scaffolders. It requires health and safety test and an endorsement from the employer along with training in-house for induction for health and safety and the essential yard and site skills required. scaffolding laborers have limited skills.

I’m not permitted to undertake in scaffold safety operations the there purely to support the scaffolding operatives and shouldn’t be undertaking scaffolding tasks even menial ones such as removing guardrails or fixing toe boards. the trainee scaffolder. This is a commitment by both the employer and the employee to becoming a scaffold. And is the first step on the ladder? You can register after completing a health and safety test for a trainee scaffolders card. This card is valid for a minimum of 18 months within that time. You should undertake the first part of the formal training which is a two-week part 1 training course over a ten-day period in either traditional Cuban fitting or alternatively.

A specific system scaffold product. Once you’ve completed the two-day the two-week, sorry training course, you can apply for an endorsement on the back of the card and the trainee card can be renewed for a further 18 months to complete the rest of the training and assessment. The part one training course is quite an in-depth course. It spends a considerable amount of time covering the health and safety requirements and the minimum performance standards for our industry. It covers the basic enabling skills for the scaffolding trade including fall prevention scaffold a rescue masonry anchors and all of the performance requirements included BS en 12 8 11 and 12 8 10 T G20 and tg4. There is a lot of emphasis on theoretical training and practical training and the course as with all of the other scissors courses is based on practical and theoretical assessment. There’s a 50 question test paper to complete the course. the Practical structures that are covered by the course include static and mobile Towers.

Independent tide scaffolds with returns put log scaffolds Birdcage access scaffolds and alterations to scaffold for example changing a lift height. as I mentioned. there are considerable elements of practical learning and practical assessment to achieve this qualification. Once you’ve completed your part one training a learner then goes back out to the workplace for practical experience for a minimum of six months. Then they are eligible to return to the training center for a further two weeks training again, either in traditional tubing fitting or a specific system scaffold product. There is a facility within the scheme.

To switch between system and tubing fitting at this point. Once the delegate has been accepted on a part 2 training course, they are then registered for their vocational qualification. Once they’ve completed the training and the assessments on the part to course. They then are they then return for a further six months practical experience to gather evidence for their vocational? It’s important important to point out that trainee scaffolders are still considered a trainee and not a fully competent until they’ve achieved their vocational qualification and the compulsory skill test. the part 2 training has greater emphasis on the more complex scaffold structures, but in it still includes a great deal of.

Theoretical learning as well. Some of the complex structures are included on the part 2 course include a cantilevered truss out scaffold. radial and splay Bays. bridging with beams and protection fans. loading Bays. and roof saddles. Countries are also covered on the part 2 course. Once the course is complete as I said earlier, they have a six-month practical experience in the workplace before the return to the Center for a one-day skills test. Prior to attending for a skills test.

They must submit their vocational qualification Pro foot portfolio of work based evidence for assessment. This is now a compulsory element. Regardless of whether a trainee has completed a vocational qualification before attending the training.

Before you can apply for your scaffolders card, you have to have completed all of the elements of the scheme which includes the part 1 part 2 vocational qualification level 2 and the one day skills test only then can a delegate apply for their scaffolder card.

There are several options available for the vocational qualification at level to the options for Scottish and National vocational qualifications include the portfolio portfolio of work based evidence, which is the preferred route by C is RS. The experienced worker practical assessment assessment or you par as it’s referred to? If a delegate has completed their part to training and has had more than 12 months experience than they are eligible for the experience worker practical assessment. The third option is the on-site assessment and training or as at option.

The sea is RS scaffolders card is then valid for five years and it’s important to point out that this is the established trade competency for the scaffolding industry and enables scaffolders to supervise lead and partake in the majority of scaffolding operations that are covered by this qualification. The card is renewable after five years with a current health and safety tests or one of the accepted exemptions. Scaffolding apprenticeships.

This is an 11 week training program over a two-year cycle and the qualifications include the CIS RS scaffold discard the construction diploma level to the vocational qualification level 2 in Access and rigging functional skills level 1 and B health and safety. The apprenticeships are fully funded, but unfortunately, there is no Advanced apprenticeship currently. Which brings us on nicely to the CIS RS Advanced scaffolder after completing the scaffolder qualification and attaining the card you require a further 12 months practical experience.

You can then attend a two-week Advanced scaffolder training course. This is only available currently in traditional Cuban fitting. You then go back out to the industry to gather evidence for your VQ level 3. The advanced scaffold of training course covers much more complex scaffolds which include a suspended scaffold. false work including raking Shores and dead Shores. a cantilever drop scaffold.

Temporary roofs. pedestrian ramps. another complex structures The Vocational qualification level 3 requires delegates to come back for a two-day mandatory skill test but the adjust the options available for achieving the VQ are the portfolio of work based evidence. Which again is the preferred route. Or the O sat on site assessment and training option. Once you’ve achieved your nvq level 3 you are then eligible to apply for your Advanced scaffolders card. Again. This card is valid for five years to apply for the card. You need a current health and safety test or recognized exemption. the Advance scaffolders Card. Is the established trade competence for advanced Craftsman in our industry and enables scaffolders to lead supervise or partake in all scaffolding services & operations?

 We move on now to talk about system scaffold product training scheme SS PTS. This is aimed at existing scaffolders and is basically conversion course for the tubing fittings skills. Into a new proprietary product. It’s a two-day course in duration. It’s not available to new entrants and scaffolders can have the product training that they’ve achieved endorsed on the back of their card. And this is open to many different system scaffolds. Layer cup lock quick stage Etc. Here you can see an example of a system scaffold product training course underway.

The basic access system erector this training course is aimed at non scaffolders that use specific system scaffolds. You required to have at least six months practical experience and complete a health and safety. It is a five-day course for a specific system scaffold. There are restrictions with this qualification. It only covers scaffold to a maximum height of 6 meters. There are only very simple or basic structures and can only be erected in a controlled environment such as a ring faced fence site where there is no public interface.

With three years experience of working with a base card. It will allow trainees exemption to start the CIS or S part 2, but only in the same system that the base card was undertaken. the sea is RS scaffolding supervisors card. This is a five-day supervisory and management training course aimed at supervisors and managers within the scaffolding industry is similar to other recognized construction health and safety courses for supervisors and managers. In 2010 a new scaffold inspection training scheme was introduced by CIS RS. It has two levels basic and advanced. Both courses are of to day duration. The aim of this course was to create an industry training standard. It’s only available through C is RS approved providers. Although the training can be undertaken on site. for the advanced scaffold inspection course. It enables scaffolders and advanced scaffolders.

To start straight at the advanced level. People from outside of the scaffolding industry wishing to achieve the advanced scaffold inspection qualification must complete the basic scaffold inspection training first and hold that qualification for a minimum of two years.

This is a recognised qualification for those that are required to undertake statutory scaffold inspections. And there is another video toolbox tour which comprehensively covers this subject available through the national access and Scaffolding Confederation to apply for these cards. You have to undertake a health and safety test currently those tests must be for work at height or supervisor supervision although in the future. Any health and safety test will apply.

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