CISRS COTS (Labourer/Trainee Scaffolder)

The CISRS COTS (Construction Operative Training Course Specification) course is aimed at operatives carrying out only labouring or driving duties in support of scaffold operations. This course, which lasts for a day in duration, is also a pre-requisite to anyone who wants to be become a trainee or enrol on a course to obtain the following cards:

  • CISRS Scaffolding Labourer Card
  • CISRS Trainee Scaffolder
  • CISRS Scaffolder (Tube & Fitting)
  • CISRS Scaffolder (System)

The CISRS COTS course is an ideal foundation course for those wishing to obtain an initial industry recognised certification within scaffolding.

CISRS Course Detail

The CISRS COTS course includes the following elements:

  • An introduction to regulations and codes of practice.
  • Responsibilities on site.
  • Terminology used in scaffolding operations.
  • Health, welfare, hygiene and housekeeping on site
  • Servicing of equipment, stock control.
  • Working at heights.
  • Manual handling.
  • Site transport safety (loading and unloading).
  • Fire prevention and electrical safety.
  • Noise and vibration.
  • Accident reporting and prevention.
  • Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Lifting equipment using rope and wheel
  • Questions and test

Delegates will be assessed using a multiple-choice question format at the end of the course.

Course Delivery

This course is delivered at CISRS training centres located across the UK, and centres undergo annual audits to ensure they continually meet CISRS Scheme Criteria.

Candidates who wish to apply for the CISRS Scaffolding Labourer Card must successfully complete and pass the COTS scaffolding labourer course within 2 years to apply. They must also have passed a CSCS Health, Safety and Environment touch screen test within two years, unless they have an accepted exemption.

Common exemptions include:

  • IOSH Working Safely, IOSH Managing Safely, IOSH Leading Safely
  • FAS Safe Pass
  • NEBOSH (General/Construction/International) 
  • OHS Certificate
  • SMSTS (Site Management Safety Training Scheme) 
  • SSSTS (Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme) 
  • Current CCNSG Safety Passport
  • Current CCNSG Safety Passport (LATS)
  • Current MIST/BOSIET/OPITO Approved Offshore Certificate

CISRS Scaffolding Labourer Cards are valid for a period of 5 years at which stage they will expire, and it will be necessary to re-qualify.

Those who apply for CISRSTrainee Cards, must complete CISRS Part 1 within 18 months of obtaining their card.

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