The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) is a widely recognised scaffolding training scheme.

AIS Training offer a wide range of CISRS scaffolding training courses providing industry recognised scaffolding qualifications. View our scaffolding training courses >>

Course Overview

A CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) course can be considered as the starting point for a scaffolding career. 

The training gives delegates an appreciation of general site safety, types of materials and safe methods of manual handling used in scaffolding.

A CISRS COTS includes both classroom and practical training in the one day course.

Course Objectives

Delegates completing a CISRS COTS training course will be able to;

  • Understand scaffold labouring duties
  • Progress into a trainee scaffolder

Course Content

CISRS COTS training courses include;

  1. General responsibilities
  2. Basic scaffolding terminology
  3. Servicing of equipment (tube, fittings, boards etc)
  4. Boards and stock - quality control
  5. Health, welfare, hygiene and housekeeping
  6. Electrical safety
  7. Fire prevention and control
  8. Noise and vibration
  9. Working at height and slips, trips and falls
  10. Accident prevention and reporting
  11. PPE (personal protective equipment)
  12. Transport safety on site
  13. Equipment and tools
  14. Manual handling (including loading and unloading)
  15. Lifting equipment using rope and wheel


In order to complete a CISRS COTS training course, delegates must hold ONE of the following:

  • An up to date CITB Health, Safety and Environment test
  • A valid and in-date CCNSG Safety Passport
  • A NEBOSH construction certificate (taken within 2 years of application)
  • A valid and in-date OPITO-approved offshore survival certificate (such as OPITO MIST)
  • An SSSTS or SMSTS certificate (taken within 2 years of application)
  • An IOSH Working Safely, IOSH Managing Safely or IOSH Directing Safely certificate (taken within 2 years of application)

This MUST be brought with you when attending training.