CISRS Construction Operatives Training Scheme (COTS) - CITB

CISRS Construction Operatives Training Course (COTS)


This CISRS COTS training course been created to give labourers, operatives and those starting out in the scaffolding industry the skills and knowledge required to work safely with scaffolding and access equipment.

On this 1 day CISRS course, you’ll learn the basics of scaffolding and general site safety, as well as an understanding of what your responsibilities are. You’ll gain knowledge of scaffolding equipment, working safely at height and how to report any health and safety issues.

Please note: to attend this course, you must have passed one of the below pre-requisites within the last 2 years.


By the end of this 1-day CISRS course, you will:

  • Have a good understanding of the scaffolding industry
  • Identify the key features of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Be able to demonstrate your general responsibilities on a work site
  • Gain knowledge of scaffolding uses, components and terminology
  • Understand how, when and why to service scaffold equipment


This CISRS COTS course covers the following topics:

  • Your responsibilities as a trainee scaffolder or labourer
  • Scaffolding: the basics
  • Understanding scaffolding equipment, tube, fittings and boards
  • Platform quality control – boards and stock
  • Health and hygiene on site
  • General welfare and housekeeping
  • Electrical safety
  • Fire in the workplace: prevention and control
  • Working with noise and vibration
  • Key safety measures for working at height
  • Slips, trips and falls – how to prevent accidents
  • Reporting incidents and accidents
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • On-site transport safety (manoeuvring, loading and unloading)
  • Scaffolding equipment and tools
  • Manual handling
  • Rope and wheel lifting equipment
  • Examination


At the end of this one-day training course, you will be expected to pass a multiple-choice exam in order to gain your CISRS Certificate of training.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to apply for a CISRS Scaffolding Labourer Green Card.

Who Should Attend?

This CISRS course is for workers who are new to the scaffolding industry, or those who would like to start a career in scaffolding. Existing CISRS Scaffolding Labourers (green card holders) also need to take this course every five years to refresh their knowledge and renew their card.

Suggested Progression

CISRS Part 1 Scaffolder Tube & Fitting Course


CISRS - Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme


In order to attend the course, delegates must provide evidence that they have completed one of the following within the last 2 years: -

  • CITB HS&E test
  • CCNSG Safety Passport / CCNSG LaTS
  • NEBOSH General/Construction/International Certificate
  • CITB H&S Awareness
  • FAS Safe Pass
  • IOSH Managing Safely / IOSH Working Safely / IOSH Directing Safely
  • Current offshore Survival Certificate (MIST/BOSIET/OPITO)

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