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CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) Course

The CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) training provides you with the knowledge required to work safely on scaffolding equipment. This COTS course is a one-day training that is ideal for anyone new to scaffolding or operatives that carry out labouring duties for scaffolding operations.

You will learn about the basics of various health and safety topics such as your responsibilities, risks and hazards. The knowledge you gain from this CISRS COTS course will help you to protect yourself and others on site.

On completion of this COTS course, you will have a better understanding of basic scaffolding requirements and the terminology related to scaffolding operations.

Why Take this CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) Course?

If you are looking to obtain a CISRS Scaffolding Labourer card, you should attend this COTS training. Through the training, you will gain essential industry knowledge ideal for a new starter or apprentice in the industry.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to protect yourself and others through better working practices. The qualification will also potentially open up progression opportunities for you in scaffolding. You will aslso receive a labourer card that is valid for 5 years after successful completion.

What Does this COTS Course Involve?

This COTS course covers the following topics (for the full list of topics covered in this training, keep reading):

  • An introduction to scaffolding
  • Quality control
  • Working at heights
  • Manual handling

HOW IS THE CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) DELIVERED?

We deliver this course at our Blackburn and Doncaster CISRS approved training centres.

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You can attend this COTS course in selected locations across the country. We deliver the training in a hanger approved by CISRS.

You can book our live course dates on our website, or you can speak to one of the 3B team over the phone.

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3B Training can deliver courses for a group of your employees in-house at your site or venue of your choice.

We are also able to arrange this COTS course in-house for your delegates. This course can be arranged at one of our training venues or on a site of your choice, providing it is suitable to deliver the practical elements.

The COTS training is ideal if you have a large group of operatives who need to be trained at once. We can deliver the training at your venue, so your staff would not need to travel.

Each in-house course is priced individually depending on location and delegate numbers. For a quote, fill in the enquiry form on this page and one of our friendly team will get back to you.

Benefits of this COTS Course:

CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) Course Content

The COTS course is delivered through classroom-based learning by an instructor.

The course will feature a range of classroom tutorials, discussions and group activities.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • An introduction to scaffolding
  • Housekeeping on site
  • Responsibilities on site
  • Quality control
  • Noise and vibration
  • Servicing equipment, fitting, tubes etc
  • Scaffolding tools and equipment
  • Accident reporting, prevention and reporting
  • Working at heights
  • Lifting equipment using rope and wheel
  • Fire and electrical safety
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Site transport safety, loading and unloading
  • Manual handling

On completion of the COTS course, you will have a better understanding of basic scaffolding requirements, scaffolding components and the terminology relating to scaffolding operations.

The instructor will assess you on your participation throughout the course and with a final multiple-choice examination.

Good friendly instructor; a well run course.
Mark Moore


  • How long is this CISRS (COTS) course?
    How long is this CISRS (COTS) course?

    This is a one-day training course; the course’s short duration allows you to spend minimal time away from work and get qualified quickly.

  • What are the entry requirements for this COTS course?

    You must have a good understanding of written and spoken English.

    You must have completed a CITB Health and Safety and Environment Test within two years before attending the CISRS (COTS) course.

  • Is this CISRS (COTS) course accredited?

    This course is accredited by the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS).

  • How long is the Labourer card valid for?

    The labourer card is valid for 5 years, after successful completion of the COTS course.

Next Available Course Dates - CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) Course

Next Available Course Dates - CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) Course

  • Blackburn

    3B Training
    Unit 6
    Point 65 Business Centre,
    Greenbank Way,
    BB1 3EA

  • Derby

    23 Royal Scot Road
    DE24 8AJ

  • Doncaster

    Unit 1 Meadow View
    Durham Lane
    DN3 3DY

  • Leeds

    25 Bradford Road
    LS27 7HN

  • Leigh

    Unit 5
    English Street Business Park
    English Street
    WN7 3EH

  • Liverpool

    Partnership for Learning
    South Road
    L24 9PZ

  • London

    CIOB London Office
    9 Kingsway
    WC2B 6XF

  • Manchester

    The Forum
    Tameside Business Park
    Windmill Lane
    M34 3QS

  • Tamworth

    93C Lichfield Street
    B79 7QF

  • Wigan

    Stratus House
    Swan Lane
    Hindley Green
    WN2 4EY


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