Scaffolding Careers

CISRS Advanced Scaffolder


A CISRS Advanced Scaffolder is someone who holds the established trade Advanced craft competency for the scaffolding industry, enabling them to partake in the erection, alteration and dismantle of all scaffolding operations.

They will be able to read and interpret complex design drawing. Although this does not apply to all Advanced Scaffolders, they will often be required to lead operations as a charge hand in scaffold gangs carrying out all types (Basic and Advanced) of scaffolding works.

They should be capable of supervising scaffolders, trainees and labourers who are gaining experience towards their certification and capable of setting an example to less experienced colleagues whilst ensuring that jobs are completed in a safe and timely manner.


  • Erect, alter or dismantle a wide range of scaffolding in a safe and timely manner.
  • Use tools and materials safely in conjunction with the job specific Risk Assessment and Method Statement, and in accordance with recognized scaffolding standards and current practices.
  • Ensure the safety of operatives, other trades and members of the public.
  • Maintain the serviceability of personal tools, PPE and other equipment as necessary.
  • Maintain knowledge, skill levels and Continual Professional Development to carry out duties effectively.
  • Ensure adequate resources and materials are on site to progress the project
  • Liaise with the site management team to ensure the smooth progress of the project, attending site meetings and reporting site progress to scaffolding supervisors and clients where required.
  • Supervise scaffolding operatives to ensure that work is carried out to client expectations in line with safety protocols, time limits and budget expectations.
  • Report all incidents to the health & safety advisor/director.

Typical day

Can vary widely depending upon location and sectors you are working in e.g., street work, civils, engineering, power stations, offshore, events.

Key skills

Advanced Scaffolders should be physically fit, understand design drawings, have good communication skills, be punctual, organised and diligent.

Application process

Apply directly to the company or through other traditional channels such as recruitment agencies (particularly specialist construction agencies), Jobcentre Plus, the National Careers Service, Job Boards (e.g. Indeed) or via advertisements in newspapers

CISRS Advanced Scaffolder

Expected salary

Ranges from £35,000 to £50,000 with experience and overtime.

Qualifications required

Although formal academic qualifications are not essential, as a minimum, must hold the relevant CISRS Advanced Scaffolder certification. Must hold Relevant CISRS Systems Scaffold Training (depending upon materials used). Good communication skills (English) and an ability to understand technical drawings and understand details such as load bearings (Maths) are useful.