The SITS (Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme) course is intended for anyone who is responsible for carrying out statutory scaffold inspections in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Scaffolders wishing to expand their knowledge of scaffold inspection.


The delegate is required to hold one of the following cards & the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment Test or exemption:

  • CISRS Basic Scaffolder for a minimum of 2 years
  • CISRS Advanced Scaffolder
  • CISRS Scaffolding Supervisor
  • CISRS Basic Inspection for a minimum of 2 years

Copies of the card and exemption will need to be provided before a booking can be made.

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

Course Duration
2 days.

Maximum Number
12 persons.

Training Aids
Lecture notes and audio/visual presentation.

Theory test

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: We will apply for the relevant card on successful completion of the CISRS Advanced Inspection using the delegates Heath, Safety and Environment Test or recognised exemption through the CWA system.

PLEASE NOTE: This course provides the candidate with the necessary knowledge to inspect basic structures. It is the employer’s responsibility to demonstrate that the candidate has subsequently gained the relevant practical experience.

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 Basic Scaffold Inspection cards last for 5 years and card holders will be required to repeat this course as refresher training on a five yearly cycle.

PLEASE NOTE: Health, Safety and 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:

  • State the relevant legislative requirements for scaffold inspection
  • Interpret scaffold design drawings for inspection purposes
  • Inspect and record the findings of such an inspection for:
    •  A basic design scaffold
    • Two-way shore
    • Raking shore
    • Dead Shore
    • Slung scaffold
    • Staircase scaffold
    • Temporary roofs
    • Truss-out
    • Temporary ramps
    • Cantilever drops


  • Introduction and welcome
  • Course scope, aims and objectives
  • Legal overview
  • Inspections
  • British and European Standards (BS5973-1, BS EN 12811-1)
  • Scaffold components
  • Scaffold terminology
  • Scaffold foundations
  • Scaffold ties
  • Working platforms
  • Access and egress
  • Basic independent access scaffolds
  • Tower scaffolds
  • Birdcage scaffolds
  • Loading bays
  • Chimney stacks
  • Protection fans
  • Temporary roof scaffolds
  • Gantry scaffolds
  • Cantilever drop scaffolds
  • Truss-out scaffolds
  • Flying shores
  • Hanging scaffolds
  • Raking shores
  • Practical scaffolding inspections

Please contact us for further details.

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