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Scaffolder

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Summary of occupation

Scaffolders plan, build and erect scaffolding and working platforms for construction projects, as well as building stands and tiered seating for public events such as concerts or sporting events. They inspect the area that requires scaffolding and make calculations to determine what kind of scaffolding is required, unload it, fit its tubing and braces together to form frameworks, and fix ladders, rails and other attachments to the scaffolding. They are also responsible for checking and maintaining scaffolding equipment, inspecting scaffolding structures for safety, and taking down scaffolding when the job is done. Scaffolders work all over the state, assisting and enabling the construction of everything from schools to skyscrapers.

ANZSCO description:
Erects and dismantles scaffolding to provide
 work platforms on building and industrial sites, and for temporary
 structures such as staging and seating. Registration or licensing may
 be required.
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Job prospects: Average 
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A scaffolder needs:

  • physical fitness, strength and stamina
  • the ability to follow instructions
  • planning and organisational skills
  • problem solving skills
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • a safety-conscious attitude to their work
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Working conditions

Scaffolders work on a wide variety of building projects where construction processes need to be undertaken at heights. Because they construct and erect the scaffolding, scaffolders themselves work at heights, which may be dangerous. They work in most weather conditions. Scaffolders usually work regular hours but may be required to work longer hours if working to a deadline.

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Salary details

Structural steel construction workers, which include scaffolders, can expect to make between $1,263 and $1,605* per week, depending on their level of experience, the nature of the work they are undertaking, and the organisation that they work for.

*ABS Census (2006)

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Tools and technologies

Scaffolders work primarily with scaffolding, which is usually comprised of metal pipes or tubes connected with couplers, and boards or other platforms on which workers stand. They use hand tools such as scaffolding spanners, socket wrenches and hammers, and ladders to get up and down the scaffolding. They often drive trucks or utility vehicles to transport scaffolding equipment to and from the building site, and are usually required to wear safety gear such as helmets, harnesses, workboots and tool belts.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

In order to carry out scaffolding work in Western Australia you must hold a high risk work (HRW) licence issued by the WorkSafe division of the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection. You must be 18 years of age in order to obtain an HRW licence, must be trained to carry out scaffolding work by a registered training organisation, and must be assessed by a WorkSafe Registered Assessor.

To become a construction rigger you usually need to complete a traineeship in Scaffolding.

As a trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification. Visit the ApprentiCentre to find out more. The traineeship usually takes twelve months to complete.

If you are still at school
You can access a traineeship through your school. You generally start your school based traineeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work.

Talk to your schoolʼs VET Coordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools.

If you get a full-time traineeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification. Visit the ApprentiCentre to find out more.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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