Temporary Works Coordinator


“Co-ordinating the temporary works process” This two day course is designed to assist those on site who have responsibility for managing all forms of temporary works. It is also designed to give confidence to senior management and those who engage contractors have reached an assessed standard of knowledge. The course has the support of a number of organisations: Temporary Works Forum CECA, UKCG, HSE and FMB. The support of these organisations offers transferability of the course within industry.
Temporary works are usually safety and business-critical and require careful co-ordination. An accepted way of achieving this is through the adoption of the management process outlined in BS5975, which introduces the temporary works co-ordinator (TWC) as a key figure. This course explains the role and the overall management context within which it sits.
High risk can occur on small as well as larger sites hence understanding the essentials of good safety risk management, as outlined in BS5975, is relevant for projects of all sizes. This course will give the delegate thorough knowledge of the Temporary Works Co-ordinator role however this does not alone make a delegate competent, as this requires other attributes e.g. experience.

Aims and Objectives:

This course is not a temporary works awareness course. It is only concerned with the process of co-ordination of temporary works, commonly expressed through the role of the Temporary Works Co-ordinator. Attendance does not confer competency as a Temporary Works Co-ordinator.
The course gives emphasis, throughout, to:
 – The importance of communication, co-ordination, co-operation and competency. The ‘4Cs’.
 – Risk management: safety and also business related
Allowing the Temporary Works Co-ordinator (TWC) to:
 – Understand the need for and duties of a TWC
 – Understand the role of others
 – Have a detailed knowledge and understanding of BS5975 in respect of this role.


The method of assessment will be by multiple-choice questions at the end of the course as well as being expected to be interactive during the course.
Course Attendance:
Delegates are required to attend both sessions, since without full attendance and achievement in the examination the Temporary Works Co-ordinator Training Course cannot be made.
Delegates must attend the days in order and, where not on consecutive days, must complete the course within two weeks. Delegates unable to attend both days due to extenuating circumstances (e.g. certificated sickness) will need to enrol onto a new course in order to maintain continuity of learning outcomes and attend both days again.

It is expected that experienced and competent Temporary Works Co-ordinators will attend this course. Competence comes from a mixture of education, training and experience and should be judged by an appropriate senior individual, usually referred to as the Designated Individual (DI). Training is considered an essential element of Temporary Works Co-ordinator competence.

Background Publications:

This course, including its group work and exercises, is constructed around BS5975:2008 +A1:2011. For Open Courses Delegates should bring a copy with them in order not to be significantly disadvantaged. For in house courses it is expected that the Tutor will tailor the course around the organisation procedures,providing they are comprehensive and follow the philosophy of BS5975. In these cases delegates will need a copy of their own procedures. In the absence of adequate procedures delegates will need a copy of the BS itself.
Although the following is not mandatory, delegates may find the following useful
– BS EN12811-1:20031 Temporary works equipment. Scaffolds. Performance requirements and general design
– BS EN12812:2008. Falsework ‐ performance requirements and general design
– BS EN12813:2004. Temporary works equipment. Load bearing towers of prefabricated components. Particular methods of structural design
– NASC TG20/13 plus supplement 1
– NASC TG9:12