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CISRS - Basic Scaffold Inspection


Basic Scaffolding consists mainly of the standard, ledger and transoms. The standards, or uprights, are vertical tubes that transfer the structure's weight to the ground. Ledgers are the horizontal tubes connecting the standards, and transoms are fittings supporting the standards. Sounds simple.

But, ‘basic’ doesn’t mean training and expertise aren’t required. 

Scaffolding is undoubtedly a safety-critical activity - working at height and with so many considerations and crucial parts of the process to prevent accidents and injuries. However, operators can mitigate risk with the proper training by learning and applying the legislation, industry best practice, and guidance via the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS). 

This CISRS Basic Scaffold Inspection qualification provides the knowledge and skills required to inspect basic scaffold structures and how to comply with legislation and Codes of Practice.

In addition, delegates will receive training in the various legislation associated with work at height and a background in the different additional pieces of equipment available to aid safety and prevent accidents. 

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover scaffolding components, forms of construction and the inspection procedures for basic access scaffolds and how to comply with current legislation and Codes of Practice.

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with regulations. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and delegates benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with a practical observation and theory examination. Delegates must pass all assessments to receive a CISRS Completion Certificate and CISRS Basic Scaffold Inspection card.

Course Programme

The three-day training is a mixture of classroom-based discussion and practical demonstrations focussing on knowledge and skills of Basic Scaffolding.

Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance and inspections, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes:

  • An introduction to Scaffolding and Scaffolding terminology
  • The Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • British, European and Industry Standards (NASC)
  • Overview of SG4:15 – Preventing falls in Scaffolding Operations
  • TG20:13
  • Tube, fittings and boards
  • Safe ladder access and egress
  • Scaffolders' training and working methods
  • Bracing and tying scaffolds
  • Fan boards and public protection
  • Mobile, static and loading towers
  • Birdcage scaffolds
  • Beams and bridging beams
  • Various types of system scaffolding
  • How to carry out a scaffolding inspection
  • Scaffold tagging systems

Assessment consists of a Basic Scaffold inspection exercise and a knowledge test.

On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Have an excellent understanding of relevant legislation for Basic Scaffolding
  • Be competent in working at height hazard analysis and risk assessment
  • Know how to inspect basic scaffold structures
  • Be aware of the PPE necessary to prevent falls from height
  • Identify different types of scaffolding and accessories

On successfully completing the course, delegates receive a CISRS Completion Certificate, and we will apply for the CISRS Basic Scaffold Inspection card for you.

Who Should Attend?

This Basic CISRS Scaffolder training course is for management or supervisors who are responsible for inspecting scaffolds and completing reports following the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Course Duration

This comprehensive three-day training prepares delegates to safely and responsibly inspect basic scaffold structures.

Why Citrus?

We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training, providing exemplary service to our clients and producing excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors. 

To ensure we are always at the forefront of the industry, we take strategic input from impartial experts to identify risks and provide practical solutions to high-risk, high-harm environments such as Working At Heights. Their professional advice, combined with our in-house expertise, means we can give hyper-detailed content on everything delegates need to know, including PPE and equipment, inspections, and servicing. 
Train with Citrus and delegates benefit from our in-house and employed Working at Heights specialist trainers, offering the very best training standards, consistency, and quality. Our professional, highly qualified instructors deliver all aspects of the course and guarantee a successful, exclusive and inclusive learning experience. 

Employers and delegates can choose from dedicated courses to suit customer-specific requirements, locations, and dates. As a result, we’ve successfully delivered training for over 20,000 delegates across the Working at Heights training category.

Things You Need to Know

CISRS would expect delegates to have awareness and experience of scaffolding structures, which would have come from time spent in their industry sector, e.g. construction, engineering, manufacturing, offshore etc.  
Delegates must provide a CV with contactable references and, or certificates. Examples of acceptable experience are:

  • CISRS Scaffolder/Advanced Card 
  • A Scaffold appreciation/awareness course 
  • A Scaffold Inspection course

Health & Safety Requirement – You must either be able to provide evidence of passing a CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test within the last two years or hold an equivalent. Please get in touch for more information.

The training has practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in any elements of this course. In addition, delegates should also bring suitable PPE on the day of training, for example, safety helmets, safety shoes or boots, hi-vis and gloves.

Popular FAQ's

Yes - delegates need to have a good understanding of the English language to take the course.

No, but there are practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if there is anything they need to consider before starting the course.

No, we will process the relevant CISRS card application for you. 

The cards usually take four-six weeks to arrive.

For any new CSCS recognised card applications, you must have a valid Health, Safety and Environment test - which remains valid for two years. If this test is not in date within two years, we cannot allow you to complete the course or apply for your new card on completion.

Yes, equivalent Health and Safety training could be acceptable, please get in touch for more information.

No, training must be delivered at a CISRS approved training centre.

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