How To Get Your Scissor Lift License

Choosing to secure a scissor lift license is one of the wisest choices you can make for yourself. Doing so will give you more opportunities and more job security in the future. There are four steps involved in obtaining your scissor lift license that we’ll discuss below.


The first step requires that you understand the different types of licensing available to you: enroll in an accredited school, take a course online, or undergo an apprenticeship program with a company like National Scaffolding & Erection Company. You must also submit proof of education and experience with your application forms to a state agency. Many states require applicants to write a test before they’re approved for their license, be it written or practical.


From here, you’ll be placed on a provisional list while you wait to receive your license, either via mail or online. You’ll then have several months before you must renew your license and submit all of the necessary paperwork to keep it current.


If you fail to do so, your license will expire, and you will no longer be able to work in the field. Each state has slightly different requirements when it comes to obtaining a scissor lift license, but as long as the application process goes smoothly for you, there shouldn’t be any problems.

In order to maintain a valid driver’s license, it is recommended that every applicant take refresher courses every two years. This can also help build up experience points required by some for membership in the Scaffolding Industry Association.


To receive your scissor lift license, you must first meet all of the current requirements for education and experience. You will then need to apply for a certificate from your state’s transportation department. After doing so, you’ll be able to take any applicable exam set forth by the state or association that governs licensing. This process is similar to renewing your license as well; after meeting all criteria set forth, you can reapply for and obtain a new license when it expires.


What if I don’t live in America? Is there a different international approach to obtaining a scaffold license? Yes! Most countries have fairly stringent regulations regarding construction work done above ground level. In general, though, most will follow a similar process to the US when it comes to obtaining your first license.


Many companies, like National Scaffolding & Erection Company, encourage you to work under a licensed worker before attempting the test or exam themselves. This removes any doubt from your employer’s mind as well as promoting safety in the workplace.


The company may not be able to give you paid training time, but they can give you valuable advice and instruction so that you’re more likely to pass the first time around. And if not for them, then for yourself; you did want that job didn’t you?


This is part of an ongoing series on how to get ahead in business and life by doing what’s less convenient. In this case, the route to success doesn’t lie in obtaining a license but rather in convincing your boss that you’ve worked hard enough to prove yourself worthy of one.


For those who are just starting out and looking for employment, this is a great way to put your best foot forward and stand out from other candidates. For those who are desperate for work, it can mean the difference between being considered or not. Visit us at