So, you want to be a Scaffolder?
Here’s what you need.
- A level head when working at heights
- Math and plan reading ability
- Work safely in teams and around other trades
- Enjoy working outdoors
What do scaffolders do?
Scaffolders erect and dismantle scaffolding to provide work platforms on building or industrial sites, or for temporary structures such as stages, seating and catwalks.
Scaffolders may perform the following tasks:
- check requirements from drawings and written instructions, select materials and set ground levels
- fit together steel pipes, support braces and clamps to form bases for scaffolds
- lift and position sections of scaffolding and bolt pipes together to build up scaffolding
- place planks over horizontal bars to create platforms
- check levels in scaffolding structures
- use prefabricated scaffolding when available
- dismantle scaffolding at the completion of a job.
How do I become a Scaffolder?
Firstly, you will need to do some work experience so that you know what the job is about. If you think it’s for you, find an employer that is looking for an trainee scaffolder. You will then become an trainee scaffolder and will you will complete a certificate III in scafolding at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You can also complete a shorter course that comes under the workplace health and safety act. Call your local RTO for further details.
Once you have completed the four year apprenticeship, you will be a qualified tradie!
Once you are a tradie in the construction industry, you can continue working for small or large companies and move into leading hand, supervising or management positions. You might even want to start your own business and employ apprentices yourself. Some tradies even go on to further education to complete courses from Certificate IV to bachelor level. There are plenty of options for qualified scaffolders.