Frequently Asked Questions


This section to provide simple reference point



How do I know if a scaffolder is competent to carry out the work?

The law requires that individual operatives be competent in scaffold erection, dismantling and alteration. The easiest way to prove competence as a scaffolder is to be a holder of a Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Card.

A CISRS card holder will be accepted as being competent to carry out scaffolding erection, dismantling and alteration as part of a scaffolding gang. Scaffolders should be required to produce a valid CISRS card prior to a project commencing.


The Validity of a CISRS card can be quickly confirmed by contacting the CISRS Helpline on 0870 417 7223



Who can supervise Scaffolding?

When considering the direct supervision of a scaffolding crew i.e. a foreman, lead hand etc. the operative in this role must be qualified to the grade of CISRS Scaffolder relating to the complexity of the scaffold build.