Types of Card

Scaffolding Operatives

The AICS Scaffolding Labourer card has been developed for operatives who carry out on-site labouring that supports access and scaffolding activities. It enables an operative to demonstrate that they have received up to date health, safety and environmental training and possess the necessary industry skills and knowledge to undertake their role safely. Scaffolding Labourers must not work near unprotected edges and are only permitted to work from a safe position.

Scaffolding Labourers must have completed the AITS Health & Safety Awareness course or equivalent, and hold a CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption (see AICS website) to apply for an AICS Scaffolding Labourer Card.

AICS Scaffolding Labourer Cards are valid for a period of five years. To renew this card, it is compulsory for operatives to resit the AITS Health & Safety Awareness course or equivalent, and have passed a CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption (see AICS website).

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The AICS Trainee Scaffolder Card has been developed for operatives who intend to become qualified scaffolders. It enables the individual to demonstrate that they have received up to date health, safety, environmental, and working at height training, and possess the necessary industry skills to carry out their duties safely.

All intended Trainee Scaffolders must have completed the AITS Health & Safety Awareness course, or equivalent, and hold a CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption (see AICS website). They must then complete a one day AITS Trainee Scaffolder course or equivalent, in order to apply for an AICS Trainee Scaffolder Card.

Trainee Scaffolder Cards are valid for a period of two years. Within this time period it is expected that the trainee would have progressed and completed the AITS Stage 1 course or equivalent.

Until an operative has met the scheme criteria and is issued a scaffolder card they
will be considered a trainee scaffolder irrespective of any previous experience that
they may have within the access and scaffolding industry. They should not be
permitted to undertake any access and scaffolding activities unless they are under
the direct supervision of a qualified scaffolder.

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All intended Stage 1 Trainee Scaffolders must have completed the AITS Health & Safety Awareness Course, or equivalent, and hold a CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption (see AICS website). Before commencing the AITS Stage 1 Training Course trainees must have achieved a minimum of six months practical on-site experience.

Upon successful completion of Stage 1 training, the operative will receive an AITS Stage 1 completion certificate and can apply to have their AICS Trainee Scaffolder Card endorsed with the qualification.

Trainee Scaffolder Stage 1 Cards are valid for a period of eighteen months. Within this time period it is expected that the trainee would have progressed and completed the AITS Stage 2 Course or equivalent.

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All intended Stage 2 Trainee Scaffolders must have completed the AITS Trainee Scaffolder Stage 1 Course, or equivalent, and hold a CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption (see AICS website). Before commencing the AITS Stage 2 Training Course the trainee must have achieved a minimum of six months practical onsite experience.
Having passed Stage 2 training, the operative will receive an AITS Stage 2 completion certificate. With this certificate, or equivalent, they can apply to have their AICS Trainee Scaffolder Card endorsed with Stage 2 Qualification.
Trainee Scaffolder Stage 2 Cards are valid for a period of two years. Within this time period it is expected that the trainee would have progressed and successfully completed the S/NVQ Level 2 in Access & Rigging and the one day Skills Assessment.

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Having passed the S/NVQ Level 2 in Access & Rigging. The Stage 2 Trainee Scaffolder is eligible to undertake the AITS one day Skills Assessment, or equivalent. Having passed the AITS one day Skills Assessment, or equivalent, and the CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption (see AICS website) the trainee can apply for a AICS Scaffolder Card.

The AICS Card will be endorsed with the particular scaffold equipment the operative has achieved their qualification in, either Tube and Fitting or a specified system. The operative will now be considered a qualified Scaffolder for basic scaffold operations.

Where individuals are using scaffold equipment other than those in which they are
qualified, they will still be considered a Trainee Scaffolder and should not be permitted to work without the supervision of an appropriately qualified Scaffolder.

AICS Scaffolder Cards are valid for a period of five years. In order to renew their card operatives will be required to have passed the CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption (see AICS website) and undertake CPD in line with the AICS guidelines. Alternatively, the can complete the AITS two day Refresher Course, or equivalent,which may not require an additional CITB HS&E Test (see AICS website).

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AICS Scaffolder Card holders must have undertaken a minimum of two years site experience as a Scaffolder before they can undertake the AITS Scaffolder Stage 3 Course.

Upon successful completion of the Scaffolder Stage 3 Training, the operative will receive an AITS Scaffolder Stage 3 certificate, and can register for the S/NVQ Level 3 in Access & Rigging. Upon successful completion of the S/NVQ Level 3 in Access & Rigging, the operative can undertake the AITS two day Skills Assessment, or equivalent.

Upon successful completion of AITS two day Skills Assessment or equivalent and having passed a CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption (see AICS website), the Scaffolder can apply for a AICS Scaffolder Stage 3 Card, and will be considered a Stage 3 Scaffolder under the rules of this scheme.

AICS Scaffolder Stage 3 Cards are valid for a period of five years. In order to renew their card operatives will be required to have passed CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption (see AICS website) and undertake CPD in line with the AICS guidelines. Alternatively, the can complete the AITS two day Refresher Course, or equivalent, which may not require CITB HS&E Test (see AICS website).

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Scaffold Inspection

Scaffold Inspection Training has been developed for operatives who have responsibility under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 for carrying out statutory scaffold inspections on scaffolding structures.

Operatives who have successfully completed the AITS Scaffold Stage 2 Inspection Course or equivalent and have passed the CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption, see (AICS website) can apply for the AICS Scaffold Inspection Stage 2 Card.

AICS Scaffold Inspection Cards are valid for a period of five years. In order to renew their card, operatives will be required to undertake the AITS two day Refresher Course or equivalent and have passed a CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption, see (AICS website).

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Scaffold Inspection training is aimed at anyone who is responsible for carrying out statutory scaffold inspections on complex scaffolding structures in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Before undertaking the AITS Scaffolder Stage 3 Inspection Training Course, Scaffold Inspectors must be able to demonstrate that they have undertaken a minimum of two years practical on-site experience. (Other exemptions may apply please contact AICS by calling 0300 124 0469 or by emailing support@access-ics.org)

Operatives who have successfully completed the AITS Scaffold Stage 3 Inspection
Training Course and have passed the CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption, see
(AICS website) can apply for the AICS Scaffold Inspection Stage 3 Card.

AICS Scaffold Inspection Cards are valid for a period of five years. In order to renew their card, operatives will be required to undertake the AITS two day Refresher Course or equivalent and have passed a CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption, see (AICS website).

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Scaffold Inspection training is aimed at anyone who is responsible for carrying out statutory scaffold inspections on basic scaffolding structures in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Delegates who have successfully completed the AICS Scaffold Inspection Stage 3 Designer course or equivalent can apply for the AICS Scaffold Inspection Stage 3 Card, providing they have passed the CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption (see AICS website).

AICS Scaffold Inspection Cards are valid for a period of five years. In order to renew their card, operatives will be required to undertake the AITS two day Refresher Course or equivalent and have passed a CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption, see (AICS website).

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Scaffold Supervision and Management

This training has been developed to give operatives the knowledge and management skills required to undertake front line supervision and management within an access and scaffolding environment.

Delegates who have successfully completed the AITS Supervisors Course or equivalent can apply for the AICS Scaffold Supervisors Card, providing they have passed the CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption, see (AICS website).

AICS Scaffold Supervisor Cards are valid for a period of five years. In order to renew their card, operatives will be required to undertake the AITS two day Refresher Course or equivalent and have passed a CITB HS&E Test or hold an exemption, see (AICS website).

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