New scaffolding diploma launches in UK

By Sarah McCay31 July 2014

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), working with the UK’s National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) and Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), has relaunched its level 2 diploma for scaffolding apprentices, and will begin to offer the new Diploma in Scaffolding from 1 September, 2014.

A working party made up of representatives from CISRS, NASC, the CITB awarding body, and those working in the industry, has spent months discussing the new diploma’s form.

The main focus has been to bring the diploma in line with the launch of the NASC’s new Best Practice Guidelines for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding (TG20:13). Additions and updates to the course include training exercises on splitting independent scaffold from birdcage scaffold. The new qualification has also been updated to include a unit on prefabricated aluminium towers.

Dave Mosley, CISRS scheme manager said, “We had originally looked at the diploma with a view to replacing some of the construction industry generic elements with more scaffolding sector specific items. It soon became apparent that following the launch of TG20:13 there where several existing units that would now need further examination.

"The working group has performed very well and we would we like to thank CITB for their positive and swift response to our sector’s request for a review. We are happy with the changes and feel that the industry now has a more relevant and representative diploma on offer.”

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