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The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) has introduced its rules for the CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) and related qualifications, coming into effect from 1st March 2024. The changes are intended to simplify the training process and guarantee thorough preparation for the industry.

Following the updated guidelines, individuals who finish a CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) course are now eligible to apply for a CISRS Labourer card instead of the previous Trainee Scaffolder card.

One significant adjustment involves the duration between completing a COTS course and enrolling in a Part 1 Course. The period needed to possess a Labourer card prior to participating in the Part 1 course has been shortened from 6 months to 3 months. CISRS emphasises that this is the minimum prerequisite, allowing individuals with previous informal experience to participate. Additionally, the Labourer’s card remains valid for 5 years, offering ample time for candidates to advance through the initial CISRS training phases.

CISRS stresses the importance of monitoring industry feedback to maintain the relevance and attainability of Part 1. The aim is to help individuals make the most of their trainee card, while also keeping track of the usual time frames for completing necessary training, gaining experience, and undergoing assessment.