What is Scaffolding?

  • A scaffold is a temporary structure erected to support access or working platforms. Scaffolds are commonly used in construction work so workers have a safe, stable work platform when work cannot be done at ground level or on a finished floor.
  • Scaffolding work is erecting, altering or dismantling a temporary structure erected to support a platform and from which a person or object could fall more than 4 metres from the platform or the structure. Scaffolding work must be undertaken by a person holding the appropriate class of high-risk work licence. This definition applies whenever the term’ scaffolding work’ is used in this guide.

Benefits of Scaffolding

Upon successful completion of the course, a person shall be certified as trained scaffold professional and provided a competency card. It’s an employer’s responsibility to ensure their workers have a hazard-free working environment and to provide the training they need to protect their safety on the job. Scaffolding courses cover all essential components of scaffolding safety through our industry-specific course options, including construction scaffolding, suspended scaffolding and supported scaffolding. Outcomes of Scaffolding Training• Understanding of the various types of scaffolding system Hands-on experience with erecting or dismantling the scaffolding Understanding of load classification with regard to scaffolding system Inspect and certify the scaffold system National & International Regulations Identification of hazards and control measures related to scaffolding works

Advantages by Doing This Course

  • Ideal path for school leavers
  • For those considering their career options and making a decision about starting work or continuing in education it’s worth noting that there are very few barriers to entry in the industry. Whilst continuing in full-time education can be the right move for many of those looking to enter the world of work straight away, scaffolding can be a viable option for school leavers
  • This could mean starting out as a scaffolding labourer or apprentice. Learning on the job is what appeals to many of the scaffolding apprentices we train and they benefit from a combination of training, (which leads to recognised qualifications) and real experience. They become part of a team and are paid a salary while they learn too.
  • Lots of opportunities
  • In the UK at the moment there is a skills shortage in the construction sector and scaffolding is listed as being in the top 5 for all UK construction skills shortages. Whilst this might be bad news for the industry it is good news for those seeking job opportunities within the sector.
  • Excellent career progression
  • For those who are committed to progressing in their careers, there are excellent training courses and clear progression paths. All of our consultants, inspectors and instructors started out as apprentices or labourers and progressed to their current roles.
  • No two days are the same
  • The work is varied and physical. The perfect antidote to office life. If being sat at a desk day in day out is your worst nightmare then scaffolding couldn’t be more different. The majority of the work is outdoors, and scaffolders tend to travel around to work at different sites.
  • Effective safety training leads to safe work culture, high morale, increased productivity hence high credibility

Modules Covered

  • Types of Scaffolding
  • Health and Safety Requirements
  • Current Laws, Regulations and Codes of Practice
  • Planning, Access, Erection and Dismantling
  • Loading of Bays
  • Estimates of Material Required for Construction of Complex Scaffolds
  • Interpretation of Scaffolding Drawings
  • Safe Harness Use
  • Method Statements
  • Introduction to Risk Assessments for Scaffolding
  • Scaffolding Fault Finding Exercise
  • Practical Assessment

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