The Construction College Midlands is an accredited training provider of the Construction Industry Scaffolding Record Scheme (CISRS). Our scaffolding training facilities are amongst the largest and best in the UK.

To be able to apply for any of the CISRS cards you will need to follow these training pathways:

Those carrying out scaffolding operations on your site have completed the relevant training, experience and assessment and are holding the correct card.


CISRS - Have you got the Right Card?

There are a number of ways to check whether a CISRS card is valid.

The holder of this card can only carry out labouring duties, in support of scaffolding operations.

If working off the ground they must do so from a completed, fully boarded and double guard railed section of the scaffold platform.

They must not erect, distmantle to attend a CISRS 1 Day New Entrant Course (COTS) and have passed a recognised H&S Test.

This is a limited skills card for non scaffolding operatives who may be required to erect, dismantle or alter simple system scaffolding structures.

There are limitations on height, type of structure, location and system used. Any tube and fitting scaffold or system structures outside of those covered in the BASE course must be carried out by a CISRS qualified Scaffolder.

BASE card holders are required to attend a CISRS 1 DAy New Entrant COurse (COTS) and have passed a recognised H&S Test.

Rear of card will be endorsed with training undertaken to date.

Pleas see note on system training to ensure operative holds the relevant system endorsement.

The holder of this card is currently undergoing CISRS Scaffolder training and assessmnt. They are entitled to work as part of a scaffold gamng under the direct supervision of a CISRS Scaffolder or Advanced Scaffolder.

Trainee scaffolder are required to attend a CISRS 1 Day New Entrant Course (COTS) and have passed a recognised H&S Test.

The rear of the card will be endorsed with training can be undertaken to date. Part 1 and 2 training can be undertaken in both tube & fitting and recognised system scaffold products.

Please see note System Training to ensure that the operative holds the correct system endorsement.

Note: An operative is considered a trainee until they have completed Part 1 and 2 training, S/NVQ Level 2, CISRS assessment skills test and have passed a recognised H&S Test.

The holder of this card has successfully reached Scaffolder status, this enables them to lead or partake in scaffolding operations covered by their training and assessment, which includes independents, towers, birdcages, fans, gantry & beam work etc.

Scaffolders who have qualified via the tube and fitting route can attend Systems Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) 2 day courses, and have these qualifications endorsed on the rear of the card. Please see note on Systems Training to ensure that the operative holds the correct system endorsement.

Scaffolders who qualify through the systems route e.g. Part 1 Haki, Part 2 Haki are only eligible to work with the systems endorsed on the rear of the card.

The holder of this card has successfully reached Advanced Scaffolder status, this enables them to lead or partake in all types of Basic Complex scaffolding operations including but not restricted to suspended scaffolds, temporary roofs and support structures. These structures can be erected in system scaffold provided the operative's card has been endorsed with the relevant endorsement.

The holder of the Basic Scaffold Inspection card is qualified to carry out the statutory inspections of Basic structures, independent scaffolds, scaffold tower, birdcage scaffolds etc.

The Advanced Scaffold Inspection card allows the holder to carry out statutory inpsection card allows the holder to carry out statutory inspections on both Basic and Complex stuructures e.g. suspended scaffolds, temporary roofs etc.

Systems Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) 2 day courses are available in recognised system scaffold products. Operatives who hold a BASE, Scaffolder and Advanced Scaffolder card are eligible to attend these courses as are Trainee cardholders who have completed Part 1 Training. Recognised Systems Products are split into various types. Details of recognised systems products, system types and the requirments for additional training can be found on the CISRS website.


CSCS - SmartCards

There are a number of ways to check whether a CSCS card is valid.

All CSCS cards are Smart – They contain a chip which stores information on the cardholders identity, qualifications and training. Site managers can read this information using a smartphone, tablet or PC with the Gosmart app installed, allowing them to instantly record the cardholder’s information, and be secure in the knowledge that the cardholder is qualified for the job they do on site.

Online card checks a quick and easy way to check if a card is valid is via one of the free online card checkers. Simply enter the required data to view the status of a card.

CSCS Online Card Checker

The Red CSCS Card is used by multiple operatives, including Apprentice, Trainee (craft and operative), Trainee (technical, supervisory and management), Experienced Technician, Supervisor or Manager (Technical, Supervisory And Management) and Experienced Worker. The title and information on the card varies depending on the job role and level of experience of the card holder.

The Red CSCS Card is used by multiple operatives, including Apprentice, Trainee (craft and operative), Trainee (technical, supervisory and management), Experienced Technician, Supervisor or Manager (Technical, Supervisory And Management) and Experienced Worker. The title and information on the card varies depending on the job role and level of experience of the card holder.

The Blue CSCS Card is for skilled workers who have achieved NVQ or SVQ in their chosen trade. The card remains valid for five years and the CITB Health Safety and Environment Test needs to be passed.

The Gold CSCS Card is for highly skilled or supervisory workers. For example, a skilled construction worker holding an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent or completed an approved apprenticeship. The card is valid for 5 years. The CITB Health Safety and Environment Test needs to be passed.

The Black CSCS Card is available for managerial occupations. An NVQ or SVQ Level 4 or higher is needed to apply for this CSCS card. This card demonstrates that the holder has the skills, knowledge and experience to Manage in a construction environment. The card is valid for 5 years. The CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety & Environment Test must be passed.

The Black CSCS Card is available for managerial occupations. An NVQ or SVQ Level 4 or higher is needed to apply for this CSCS card. This card demonstrates that the holder has the skills, knowledge and experience to Manage in a construction environment. The card is valid for 5 years. The CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety & Environment Test must be passed.

The Yellow CSCS Card is for visitors without construction skills who need to periodically visit construction sites, for example, developers or real estate agents. The card is valid for five years. The CITB Health Safety and Environment Test needs to be passed.