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Preparing for Temporary Works Training: Requirements and Pre-Learning Support

June 4, 2024

What are Temporary Works?

Temporary works are systems and equipment that assist in the construction of permanent works within the construction industry. They cover a wide range of products including:

  • Scaffolding: Mobile scaffold systems (PASMA), system scaffolds
  • Site Security Fencing: Heras fences, hoarding
  • Construction Plant Support: Crane bases, piling mats, temporary trackways, traffic management, haul roads, etc.
  • Vehicle and Pedestrian Segregation
  • Excavations: Stockpiles, dewatering, trench boxes, sheet piling, etc.
  • Structural Support: Façade retention, back propping, needling, party wall support
  • Formwork and Falsework: Used in concreting operations
  • Utility Protection and Support: For underground and overhead services (gas, water, power)

What courses do WSS offer to support our clients?

Who is the target audience for the Temporary Works Co-ordinator Training Course (TWCTC)?

This course is suitable for those expected to manage procedures for temporary works on site, including those who work on behalf of the Principal Contractor (PC) and/or subcontracting organisations. They co-ordinate the works between Temporary Works Designers and Temporary Works Supervisors, ensuring risks in construction are monitored and controlled. Typical attendees include Site Managers, Contracts Managers, Engineers, Designers, Technical and Commercial teams, Project Managers, and Health and Safety Consultants/Managers.

What are the benefits of taking the Temporary Works Co-ordinator course?

This course benefits those who need to manage temporary works by ensuring legal compliance with regulations. By following the Code of Practice for Temporary Works (BS 5975), it helps companies manage construction risks, allowing for safe construction and controlled risks.

Who is the target audience for the Temporary Works Co-ordinator Training Course Refresher (TWCTC-R)?

This course is suitable only for those who have already completed a CITB Temporary Works Co-ordinator Training Course or refresher and can provide evidence of previous attendance. The certification must not have expired; if it has, the learner must attend the full 2-day TWCTC course.

Who is the target audience for the Temporary Works Supervisor Training Course (TWSTC)?

This course is suitable for those responsible for supervising the installation, maintenance, inspections, use, and dismantling of any temporary works system or equipment. They assist the Temporary Works Co-ordinator in ensuring the work is completed safely. Typical attendees include Site Managers, Site Supervisors, Gangers, and Foremen.

What are the benefits of taking the Temporary Works Supervisor course?

This course helps attendees understand their legal liabilities and the required industry procedures as outlined in the British Standard (BS 5975 Code of Practice for Temporary Works Procedures). It covers the supervisor’s duties to control the installation, use, maintenance, and dismantling of temporary works. The course provides understanding on procedures for:

  • Temporary works registers
  • Design briefs
  • Permits (to load/unload/strike/proceed/dismantle)
  • Hold points
  • Supervisors’ duties (as per BS 5975)
  • Causes of failures
  • Competency checks
  • WSS Temporary Works General Awareness Training Course (TWGATC)

This course is accredited by WSS Certification only and is NOT CITB Accredited. It is aimed at individuals seeking an overview of temporary works and management processes implemented in construction in accordance with relevant British standards. It is suitable for Managers, Supervisors, and Operatives.

What grants are available?

For approved CITB Site Safety Plus (SSP) courses, grants are available for levy-paying companies. These can only be claimed for delegates who successfully pass the courses. The TWGATC course delivered by WSS has no grant attached to it. The available grants are:

Card/Certification Structure

There are no cards attached to these qualifications. All CITB courses will receive a certificate that lasts 5 years – PLEASE NOTE: these are electronic certifications only.

Are there any requirements before taking these courses?

To attend the Temporary Works Co-ordinators Courses, individuals must complete the CITB Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning Form (APEL Form) and return it to WSS at least 24 hours before the course commencement.

Is there any pre-learning support for the CITB courses?

CITB offers a free e-learning course that provides a basic understanding of what’s involved in temporary works management.

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