What is a CISRS Card?
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme was created to reduce the number and severity of workplace accidents and injuries in the UK’s construction industry. It soon became obvious that there are specific sections of the construction industry that have unique or very specific safety and training requirements (such as scaffolding and access systems). As a result, the CSCS Affiliate cards were created to ensure that each section of the industry had appropriate HSE and training standards, but still fell within the universal CSCS Scheme.
Today, nearly all employers in the UK’s construction industry require new hires in the scaffolding field to have the appropriate CISRS card before they can begin work on-site, and in many cases before they will be considered for a position.
How can I get a CISRS Card?
First, apply for the appropriate card. The simplest way to do that is to call us at the number at the bottom of this page. We will send you an official application form, and can sign you up for your HS&E test (see below) at the same time.
Next, take the CITB HS&E test. One thing all CISRS Cards have in common is the requirement that you take (and pass) one of the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Tests before you can receive your card.
Last, check the requirements for the particular CISRS card you are applying for. In order for your application to be successful, you will need to fulfil certain requirements which vary depending on what colour card you are seeking.
There are several different types of CISRS cards available, 6 basic types ranging from the White BASE card to the two Gold types, as well as two types of scaffolding inspection cards. Each has its own course qualification requirements.
What if my qualifications were earned in another country?
If you have the equivalent qualifications from another country, you must have them recognised by UK NARIC before they can be applied to your CISRS Card.
How long is a CISRS Card valid for?
Different CISRS Cards are valid for different lengths of time, and you should see each card’s entry for detailed information.
Most of them are ‘permanent’ cards which can be renewed on a regular basis, but the Red (Trainee) card is only valid for a short time, and should be exchanged for a Blue (Scaffolder’s) card as soon as the trainee has achieved their NVQ Level 2.
How long will it take to receive a CISRS Card?
In general, it takes 30 working days for you to receive your card, starting once we have received all of the paperwork and copies of your certification documents.
What do I do if I lose my card?
Call us or apply online for a duplicate card. If your original card was still valid, you will be issued a replacement card without any additional testing or certification.
How do I renew my card?
Renewing a (permanent) CISRS card which is about to expire is a simple process, essentially identical to applying for a new card. As your HS&E test will have expired, you’ll have to take it again, as well as the courses will need to be repeated.