CISRS release COVID19 statement

As the spread of Coronavirus Covid-19 continues, it was inevitable that CISRS training centres would consider and then implement cancellations or rescheduling. Course delegates want to keep learning and centre staff want to keep earning, but it’s critical that everyone follows UK Government and World Health Organisation guidelines.

The responsibility of each centre – whether it stays open or closes –  lies with their management team, but the Government may well rule that closures are mandatory. If this happens, CISRS have committed to support the candidates and providers, adopting a fluid approach to evolving situations. For example, a core scheme Part 1, 2, Advanced may be stopped after six days. If so, the candidate would not be expected to repeat the full course – just the elements that remain unlearned.

If a CISRS card expires while a CPD course is cancelled the cardholder should contact the CISRS Administrator with full details of the cancelled booking. A letter will be issued confirming qualifications and requesting that the cardholder be permitted to work until they are able to complete the re-scheduled course.

The situation is likely to be changing constantly, so rather than set definitive solutions CISRS will address each case individually. If a case repeats itself, a common approach will most probably be adopted to ensure fairness to all. UK CISRS audits have been continuing but overseas audits are disrupted. Accreditation extensions will be granted to centres with fast-approaching expiry dates.

To help reduce the spread of the virus the CISRS office team will work from home. Please be patient while phones are redirected to remote locations – hopefully disruption should be limited. NOCN staff have been able to work as usual but they may be working from home too in the near future.

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