The SITS (Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme) course is aimed at delegates responsible for carrying out statutory scaffold inspections in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and for Scaffolders wishing to expand their knowledge of scaffold inspection. The course will cover basic scaffolding structures and the fundamental requirements for safe and legally compliant scaffolding.

Course Duration
3 days.

Maximum Number
12 persons.

Training Aids
Lecture notes and audio/visual presentation.

Theory test.

On successful completion of the course candidates will receive a CISRS certificate. The certificate will be sent directly to the delegate or their sponsor company.

Please Note: NETA will apply for the relevant card on successful completion of the CISRS Basic Inspection using the delegates Heath, Safety and Environment Test or recognised exemption through the CWA system.

The course provides the candidate with the necessary knowledge to inspect basic structures. It is the employer’s responsibility to demonstrate that the candidate has subsequently gained the relevant practical experience.

Delegates must wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) during the practical aspects of the course. Delegates will be required to provide:

    • Hard Hat

    • Safety Boots

    • Gloves

    • High visibility vest or overalls (optional)

CISRS Basic Scaffold Inspection cards last for 5 years and card holders will be required to repeat this course as refresher training on a five yearly cycle.

Please Note: Health, Safety & Environment tests are valid for 2 years from the pass date and therefore holding a valid CISRS card does

not necessarily mean that your Health and Safety is still valid.

Additional Information
Meeting the needs and expectations of service users is of the highest priority to our staff. Therefore if you have any concerns or wish to make a comment about the service please contact:


For the Basic Inspection course you will be required to have an up to date CITB Health, Safety & Environment test or one of the exemptions below. If you are using an exemption, NETA will require a copy of this prior to your booking.

    • Current CCNSG Safety Passport

    • NEBOSH Construction Certificate (Taken within 2 years of application)

    • Current Offshore Survival Certificates (OPITO Approved)

    • SSSTS or SMSTS (Taken within 2 years of application)

    • FAS/SOLAS Safe Pass

    • IOSH Working Safely/IOSH Managing Safely/IOSH Directing Safely (Taken within 2 years of application)

If you do not hold any of the above you can book the H&S Test by calling the following:

    • Thompson Prometric – 0344 994 4488

    • CISRS Helpline – 0844 815 7223

Or you can book in for the CCNSG (National) Safety Passport course with NETA.

Route 1

The delegate is required to hold one of the following cards & the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test or exemption:

    • CISRS Basic Scaffolder

    • CISRS Advanced Scaffolder

    • CISRS Scaffolding Supervisor

    • CISRS Basic Inspection (expired)

Copies of the card and exemption will need to be provided before a booking can be made.

Route 2

If the delegate does not hold any of the CISRS Cards mentioned in Route 1 the delegate is required to have the following Job Role or verifiable experience in the industry. They will need to submit a CV and Employer Letterhead confirming awareness and experience.

Job Roles acceptable for the course are:

    • Scaffold Designer

    • Contracts Manager

    • Engineer

    • Site Agent/Manager

    • H&S Manager

    • HSE Inspector

    • Scaffolding Inspector who has previously attended a non CISRS Scaffold Inspection/Awareness course at least 2 years before the start of the CISRS Basic SITS course.

If the delegate does not meet any of the above criteria, it is advisable that they attend a Scaffolding Awareness course. They will then be eligible to attend the Basic Inspection in 2 years’ time.

A CV and Letterhead will need to be provided before a booking can be made.

Any physical impairment or literacy issues should be discussed during the booking stage to ensure we can best accommodate your needs


On successful completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

    • Identify and inspect tubes, fittings, boards, ladders, gin wheels and ropes correctly

    • State the main requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, Work at Height Regulations 2005 and scaffolding industry best practice

    • Identify the construction requirements common to all scaffolds

    • Foundations and ground conditions

    • Scaffold ties and stability

    • Working platforms, handrails and toe-boards

    • Methods of access and egress

    • Carry out inspections and fault identification on access scaffolds

    • Complete and maintain reports in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005


    • Introduction and welcome

    • Course scope, aims and objectives

    • Legal overview

    • Inspections / hand-over procedures / scaff tag system

    • Reports

    • European Standards (BS EN 12811:2003)

    • NASC guidance document SG4:15

    • Working at Height Regulations 2005

    • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

    • Scaffold components/materials

    • Scaffold terminology

    • Means of access and egress

    • Gin wheels and ropes

    • Scaffold foundations

    • Scaffold ties

    • Basic scaffold - construction regulations and recommendations

    • Working platforms

    • Basic independent tied and putlog scaffolds

    • TG20 compliant scaffolds (e.g. bridging with beams, protection fans, freestanding towers, lift shaft towers, ladder access towers, birdcages, loading bays and chimney stack scaffolds).
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