Back in July 2017, the CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme) announced a two-day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course, which is a mandatory requirement for scaffolders to complete prior to Scaffolder or Advanced Scaffolder card renewal. 

This came into force to ensure all scaffolders have the most up-to-date knowledge on latest legislation and industry guidance. In this guide, we’ll explore what’s involved in the CPD course, how it contributes to 20 per cent off-the-job training for apprentices and the funding available to construction companies. 

CPD for scaffolders 

CPD has been a concern for the scaffolding industry for over 10 years, with some cardholders not receiving any formal training for two decades or more. HSE’s correspondence in 2015 advised CISRS to introduce CPD – it was agreed that personal development would ensure cardholders had up-to-date scaffolding knowledge.  

Dave Mosley, CISRS scheme manager, said: “The idea behind the introduction of Scaffolder CPD/Refresher training is to ensure that cpd course for scaffoldersall cardholders no matter what sector they work in or what size company they work for have received up to date information on industry best practice prior to renewing their CISRS status for a further five years.” 

What’s involved? 

The course will consist of four modules, which are:

  • Scaffolder Refresher/CPD training: This module is to bring scaffolders up to date with the current standards and will cover subjects such as anchor ties, design appreciation, manual handling and temporary edge protection to name a few. Delegates will have training endorsed onto their renewed CISRS cards.   
  • Scaffold Inspection: Some subjects covered in this module are role of the inspector, Work at Height regulations, tagging and handover certificates. This module will end with a practical and written test. If passed, delegates will receive either a Basic Scaffold Inspection or Advanced Scaffold Inspection endorsement onto their renewed CISRS card. 

  • Alloy Tower Module: Within this module, the subjects will be alloy tower components, assembly/moving/dismantling of towers, types of towers, hazards and inspection. Delegates will need to complete a written and practical test and if successful, renewed cards will be endorsed with CISRS alloy tower training.     

  • Health, Safety and Behavioural Test: The test is designed to be more scaffolding specific – the test will consist of 12 behavioural questions and 38 knowledge questions. If delegates pass the test, they will not need to pass an additional CITB HS&E assessment to renew.

All delegates will receive a folder on the first day, which will include CISRS modules one and two, as well as relevant NASC guidance notes. scaffolding cpd requirement

Contributing to off-the-job training 

Spending time on CPD can detract from commercial concerns however, construction companies can kill two birds with one stone by undertaking the CPD course as part as their 20 per cent off-the-job training – making it a win-win for scaffolders. 

There’s also various apprenticeship funding available for construction organisations, such as:

  • CITB grants: Employers registered with the CITB in England and Wales can register for grants worth up to £10,000 (subject to availability)
  • 16-18 year old apprentice incentives: Construction firms taking on 16-18 year old apprentices will receive an extra £1,000 (paid in two halves, triggered at three and 12-month milestones) to cover any additional learning costs.
  • 19-24 year old apprentice incentives: An extra £1,000 is available to construction companies taking on apprentices aged 19-24 that have previously been in care, have a Local Authority Education or Health Care Plan.
  • Deprived areas incentives: Companies operating in some of the country’s most disadvantaged regions, they can receive £600 ‘disadvantage uplift’ payment for the 10 per cent of Britain’s most deprived areas, £300 for the next 10 per cent bracket and £200 for the following seven per cent.

We’ve highlighted all available apprenticeship funding for construction companies in a previous blog here. 

In order to put apprenticeships on a par with academic qualifications, there’s been a need to develop 20 per cent off-the-job training to therefore offer a ‘two pathways, one outcome’ scenario. Many employers have helped with the development of new apprenticeship reforms to ensure the end result will be a skilled workforce that companies can utilise.  To find out more about off-the-job training, take a look at our previous blog here.

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And you? 

Hopefully, we’ve managed to give you a detailed overview of the new CPD requirement for scaffolders, but if you’re looking for further advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us on LinkedIn or Twitter. 

And if you’re looking for construction guidance or apprenticeship training – our team have years’ of experience in industry and can help you with securing any funding money so you don’t miss out. To find out more, simply book an obligation-free chat with our industrial team today. 

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