CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS)

Duration:  1 day
Per Delegate:  £165.00

Practical Content


Theoretical Content


Delegates are required to have passed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Test within the previous 2 years before the course start date or hold an accepted exemption.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an appreciation of general site safety, types of materials and safe methods of manual handling used in scaffolding.
  • Understanding of scaffold labouring duties.

Course Content

  • General responsibilities
  • Basic scaffolding terminology (components and application)
  • Servicing of equipment (tube, fittings, boards etc.)
  • Boards and stock – quality control
  • Health, welfare, hygiene and housekeeping
  • Electrical safety
  • Fire prevention and control
  • Noise and vibration
  • Working at height
  • Accident prevention and reporting
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Transport safety on–site
  • Equipment and tools
  • Manual handling (including loading and unloading)
  • Lifting equipment using rope and wheel


Delegates will undertake a multiple-choice examination paper and practical exercises to demonstrate they have achieved the key learning outcomes detailed above.

PPE Requirements

PPE not required.

Further Information

Upon completion delegates will be eligible to apply for the relevant CISRS card (CISRS Scaffolding Labourer or CISRS Scaffolding Trainee). ASET will apply for this on your behalf on receipt of evidence of having passed the CITB HS&E Test or accepted exemption.

Target Audience
Target Audience

This course is for personnel who are new to scaffolding. Existing CISRS Scaffolding Labourer (green) cardholders also need to take this course to renew their card every 5 years in accordance with CISRS scheme requirements.


CISRS Scaffolding Operative Training Scheme (COTS) certificate.

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