What Is Scaffolding?
Being a scaffolder involves setting up or dismantling scaffolding to create work platforms and handrails on buildings or constructions sites.
Although there are different types of work that go with the different levels of scaffolding, most scaffolders engage in various forms of the following work:
- Check the requirements for, then create, scaffolding.
- Fit together safety clamps, steel bars, and support braces to form platforms.
- Understanding the different needs of different scaffolding equipment.
There are three levels of scaffolding licences in Australia: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced.
According to WorkSafe Victoria, a scaffolder is someone who has a licence to:
“erect, alter or dismantle any scaffold from which a person or object could fall 4 metres from the working platform.”
What Is The Difference Between The Three Scaffolding Licences?
WorkSafe Victoria describes the three levels of scaffolding licences (also known as scaffolding tickets) as:
- “Basic: covers basic prefabricated scaffolds and barrow hoists.”
- “Intermediate: covers basic scaffolding work and tube-and-coupler scaffolding.”
- “Advanced: all types of scaffolds.”
A more in-depth look at what the different levels of rigging licences include can be found below.
Basic scaffolding includes:
- Modular or prefabricated scaffolds.
- Cantilevered materials hoists with a maximum working load of 500 kg.
- Ropes and gin wheels.
- Safety nets and static lines, and.
- Bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork).
Intermediate scaffolding includes all basic scaffolding, plus:
- Cantilevered crane loading platforms.
- Cantilevered and spurred scaffolds.
- Barrow ramps and sloping platforms.
- Perimeter safety screens and shutters.
- Mast climbers.
- Tube and coupler scaffolds (including tube and coupler covered ways and gantries).
Advanced scaffolding includes all intermediate scaffolding, plus:
- Cantilevered hoists.
- Hung scaffolds, including scaffolds hanging from tubes, wire ropes or chains.
- Suspended scaffolds.
Why Should I Do A Scaffolding Course?
As a prerequisite for any scaffolding work, whether that be setting up entertainment areas, construction platforms, or any other form of scaffolding you need your Scaffolding Ticket and High Risk Work (HRW) Licence. Both of these are available as part of a Certificate III in Construction, or from a certificate of achievement from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), such as CTI.
It should also be noted that if you are managing a construction or worksite, you are also responsible for ensuring that all the workers have had adequate training, instruction, and information to correctly undertake scaffolding work.
What Are Scaffolding Courses Like?
At CTI, you undergo a 5 day Basic Scaffolding course, or 4 days for the Intermediate or Advanced courses. You will need suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to participate.
All the courses themselves are 9 hours a day (8 hours for course work, plus 1 hour for lunch). All of the training is done at CTI, with no offsite training – CTI has everything required onsite. The courses are a mixture of practical and theoretical learning.
The scaffolding courses are not impacted by the weather. If there is rain, for example, the trainees will wear protective coats and continue the training, although there may be occasional breaks in order to be practical.
Do I Need To Renew My Scaffolding Licence
Your rigging licence in theory can last forever. However, like a driver’s licence, it requires renewing.
A rigging licence must be renewed every 5 years. In order to renew a rigging licence and continue being a rigger, you must also pay a fee to WorkSafe Australia.