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Scaffolders erect and dismantle scaffolding to provide work platforms on building and industrial sites, and for temporary structures such as staging and seating.


Certificate III in Scaffolding


Residential / Commercial / Resources

What might a working day look like?

May perform tasks including:

  • Fits and bolts tubes, support braces and components to form bases and build up scaffolding.
  • Lifts and positions sections of scaffolding.
  • Erects guard rails, guy wires, ropes and clamps
  • Laying planks and hanging safety nets.
  • Dismantles and removes scaffolding from building sites.

Working hours

  • Full-time hours per week


  • Mostly working outside in all weather conditions and working at heights 

Skills and personal qualities

  • Be able to understand technical drawings and plans
  • Have a careful, methodical and accurate approach to work
  • Problem solving skills and enjoy practical work
  • Enjoy working at heights and in the elements
  • Work as a team or independently
  • Have a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • Time management, reading and writing skills
  • Able to lift heavy material

How to get started

Entry to this occupation is by completing a Certificate III Scaffolding apprenticeship.

Future Pathways and opportunities

  • Business owner
  • Sub-contractor
  • Supervisor
  • Leading hand

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