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Climbing Formwork for Advanced Operatives

We have doubled the grant rates for short course tiers 1 – 3. To address rising costs, you can now receive higher rates on course achievements from 1st April 2023

Grant Tier

Achievement date before 1 April 2023

Achievement date on or after 1 April 2023

Grant Tier 1

Grant Tier 1 Refresher





Grant Tier 2

Grant Tier 2 Refresher





Grant Tier 3

Grant Tier 3 Refresher






The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the following: overview of system types and recap of General Operatives Course, purpose, principles and terminology for climbing formwork, including hydraulics, lift preparation, erect and strike climbing formwork (practical), hazards and risks, safety features, test and assessment.


1 day of 6 learning hours.


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the following:


  • overview of system types and recap of General Operatives Course
  • purpose, principles and terminology for climbing formwork, including hydraulics
  • lift preparation
  • erect and strike climbing formwork (practical)
  • hazards and risks
  • safety features
  • test and assessment.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group:

  • supervision.

Delegates pre-requisites

Candidates will need to have a Construction based NVQ Level 2 and hold a current CSCS Card (in order to record this training).

Operatives require at least 6 months’ UK Site Experience beforehand.

Delegates must have successfully completed The General Operatives Climbing Formwork Course must also have been completed


As a minimum, course trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • an award in education and training (or equivalent, as per requirements for approved training organisations)
  • successfully completed training to this standard
  • at least 5 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and delegate/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom.

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more practical training.

This standard is considered to be set at an advanced level.


Methods of assessment considered appropriate for training delivered against this standard are:

For the successful completion of training, delegates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures all learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Where this training is assessed using multiple-choice questions, a minimum of 10 questions must be asked and delegates are required to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 80%.

Safety critical elements will have a 100% pass mark requirement.

Quality assurance


Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


Renewal every 5 years


Mandatory Renewal

Approval date

March 2021.

Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes/learning outcomes to be refreshed

Learning outcomes/learning outcomes to be refreshed

The delegate will be able to:

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

describe the principles of climbing formwork operations.

Understanding jump, track / rail, crane / fixed or portable hydraulically lifted

describe climbing formwork hydraulics terminology

Awareness of Servicing & Maintenance requirements

describe the purpose & functions of hydraulic components including hazards

Damage potential to anything trapped


interpret a design drawing, establish correct tools, equipment and operational documentation required.

Understanding of wind, live loads &



safely erect & strike the climbing formwork practical task(s) in accordance with the drawings provided. Understanding the Lifting limitations & inspections required

Understanding of lifting limitations etc

Lifting pre-checks. Leading edge protection (limiting access onto the rigs and closing off doorways as the construction progresses) Removal theory

identify & describe potential hazards & risks associated with climbing screens including Environmental impact.

To include:

  • snagging during lifting
  • lift plan (Finger trapping)
  • falling objects
  • gap closure
  • wind conditions & limitations
  • good housekeeping
  • facing material type & associated effects inc Banners.

identify and describe safety features, safe working practices at all stages.  

To include:

  • dismantling sequence
  • spotters between levels
  • working at Height
  • site RAMS
  • safe systems of work
  • lifting operations
  • leading edge protection & other safety measures (exclusion zones / netting)

describe the full cycle of works involved and the importance of good housekeeping

Describe full sequence of events from pre-planning to removal and dismantling (inc cleaning, access, maintenance & emergency requirements)

Additional information about this standard

In addition to this training it is recommended that familiarisation training (equipment specific / bespoke) on the safe use of suppliers’ equipment is undertaken.