This course must be completed by any person wishing to apply for their first CISRS Scaffolding Labourer or CISRS Trainee Scaffolder card (in addition to them passing their Construction Skills Health, Safety & Environmental touch screen test).

The aim of the CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) is to teach all new entrants and labourers the basics of the industry and how to keep safe when working with scaffolding and access solutions, whilst also making sure existing operatives are up to date.

Any physical impairment or literacy issues should be discussed during the booking stage to ensure we can best accommodate your needs.

Please Note: All delegates must be able to take a full and active role during the practical skills session in order to pass the course.

Course Duration
1 day.

Maximum Number
12 persons.

Training Aids
Lecture notes and audio/visual presentation.

All delegates are required to sit a multi-choice test and achieve at least 76% in order to pass. Each candidate is only allowed 1 re-sit.

Failure to successfully complete the theory test element within 2 attempts will result in the candidate having to complete the full course again.

Delegates must also be able to complete the following exercises during the practical session:

  • Standing up a 13ft tube
  • Lifting two 5’ tubes onto shoulders
  • Lifting and carrying boards
  • Using barrow/truck
  • Lifting and carrying a ladder

On successful completion of the course candidates will receive a CISRS certificate. The certificate will be sent directly to the delegate or their sponsor company.

Please Note: NETA will apply for the relevant card on successful completion of the COTS course using the delegates Heath, Safety and Environment Test or recognised exemption through the CWA system.

Delegates must wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) during the practical aspects of the course. Delegates will be required to provide:

  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Boots
  • High visibility vest or overalls (optional)


CISRS Scaffolding Labourer cards are valid for 5 years. To be eligible for renewal the card holder must attend the COTS course as refresher training. CISRS Initial Trainee cards are valid for 18 months. To be eligible for renewal the card holder must successfully complete their CISRS Part 1 training.

PLEASE NOTE: Health, Safety & Environment tests are valid for 2 years from the pass date and therefore holding a valid CISRS card does not necessarily mean that your Health & Safety is still valid.

Additional Information
Meeting the needs and expectations of service users is of the highest priority to our staff. Therefore if you have any concerns or wish to make a comment about the service please contact us.


On successful completion of this course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand of all relevant regulations and codes of practices and basic scaffold terminology
  • Know their general responsibilities, health, welfare, hygiene and housekeeping, site safety, fire prevention and control
  • Prevent accidents and report them
  • Understand all tools, equipment and PPE needed while onsite including; servicing of equipment, tube fittings, boards and stock quality control


  • Relevant Regulations and Codes of Practices
  • General responsibilities
  • Basic scaffold terminology (components and application)
  • Servicing of equipment, tube, fittings, boards and stock quality control
  • Health, welfare, hygiene and housekeeping
  • Electrical safety
  • Fire prevention and control
  • Noise and vibration
  • Work at height
  • Accident prevention and reporting
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Site transport safety (including loading & unloading)
  • Equipment and tools
  • Manual handling (including practical element)
  • Lifting equipment using rope & wheel

Interested in this training? contact us for further information