The CITB, assisted by the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) and the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) have recently undertaken what they are calling a ‘radical redevelopment’ of the Scaffolding Apprentices Level II diploma (No.601/3726/5) which will available for registration from this September.
The redevelopment has been reviewed over recent months by a group made up of representatives from CISRS, NASC, NCC Midlands, Simian Skills, Brand Energy, Complete Access, Safety & Access and Deborah Services with a focus upon bringing the diploma up-to-date and in line with the new NASC’s ‘best practice guidelines for tube and fitting scaffolding’ (TG20:13). The new course will also include a module on Prefabricated Aluminium Towers.
A CITB spokesperson said, "The Level Two Diploma in Scaffolding was initially launched in August 2013 as part of the Training Qualification Review, as such it was updated in line with legislation and industry guidance that was valid at that time. It was, however, recognised that the scaffolding sector was going through a series of changes at this point, most importantly the imminent introduction of TG20:13 which was scheduled to be released in Spring 2014. Following an approach from NASC and CISRS, we felt a further review to the existing qualification content to confirm it met the new requirements was justified. After a meeting with them and other industry representatives, it was established that the qualification did require updating to ensure it was fit for purpose and met with what the industry needs to effectively train its workforce."
CISRS scheme manager, Dave Moseley, said that the diploma needed reworking following the launch of TG20:13 and now feels happier that ‘the industry now has a more relevant and representative diploma on offer’.