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Scaffolders love working in teams, solving problems, and building things. If this sounds like a great way to spend your working day, you could have a bright future as a scaffolder.

Find out more about what scaffolders do, and where your career can take you

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Apprenticeship

All scaffolders start at the beginning - training under a supervisor.  The best way to do this is to enter an apprenticeship.  During your apprenticeship you’ll learn the skills you need to become a fully qualified scaffolder.

Find out more about how your apprenticeship is structured, how long it will take, and how much it will cost 

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How to get started

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Find an employer

The first step is to find a scaffolder who will take you on as an apprentice, be your employer, and offer you a job. You’ll need to find an employer before you start your apprenticeship – there are some tips for you earlier in this guide.

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Choose a training provider

In the meantime, have a look around for a training provider that suits you. This is where you’ll do your off-job learning. You’ll need to let your Skills Account Manager know which provider you want to go with when you sign up.

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Sign up

Once you and your employer are ready to get started, you should give us a call on 0508 SKILLS (754 557). There’s a couple of forms you’ll need to fill out together, so we’ll send these to you. Once we’ve received and processed your documents, a Skills Account Manager will get in touch with you or your employer. They’ll run through an induction so you can kick off your training on the right foot.

Additional Courses

There are some other great qualifications in scaffolding that are available. Click on the titles below to read more about these qualifications.

New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 5) (Advanced)

If you’re a qualified and experienced scaffolder this is your next step up from your Intermediate qualification. This course is one of the requirements of applying for your Advanced CoC through the Scaffolding, Access, and Rigging Association of New Zealand (SARNZ). In addition, this programme will allow you to apply for your Suspended CoC through SARNZ.

The New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 5) (Advanced) is an 18-month programme done through block courses and on-the-job learning.

You will need to hold a New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 4) (Trade) or National Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 4) (Intermediate) to enter this programme. You will need to be currently employed within the scaffolding industry and have a supervisor who is willing and able to verify your on-job work.

The current price of this course is $4950 (price includes GST).

To enter this programme please contact Skills at 0508 SKILLS (754 557) to arrange a meeting between yourself, your employer, and your Skills Account Manager.

 

New Zealand Certificate of Scaffolding (Level 3) (General)

If you’re interested in a career in scaffolding but your company doesn’t have the range of work required for the scaffolding apprenticeship, you can still enter into the New Zealand Certificate of Scaffolding (Level 3) (General).  This course is one of the requirements of applying for your Elementary CoC through the Scaffolding, Access, and Rigging Association of New Zealand (SARNZ). 

The New Zealand Certificate of Scaffolding (Level 3) (General) takes between 18 – 22 months to complete and is done through block courses, on-the-job learning and verification.

There are no prerequisites to entering this programme.  You will need to be currently employed within the scaffolding industry and have a supervisor who is willing and able to verify your on-job work.

The current price of this course is $48 per week (price includes GST).

To enter this programme please contact Skills at 0508 SKILLS (754 557) to arrange a meeting between yourself, your employer, and your Skills Account Manager.

New Zealand Certificate of Scaffolding (Level 3) (Proprietary Suspended)

If you’re working within the scaffolding industry specialising in suspended scaffolding, this course is a must-have.  This course is one of the requirements of applying for your Suspended CoC through the Scaffolding, Access, and Rigging Association of New Zealand (SARNZ). 

The New Zealand Certificate of Scaffolding (Level 3) (Proprietary Suspended) takes approximately 11 months to complete and is done through block courses and on-the-job learning.

There are no prerequisites to entering this programme.  You will need to be currently employed within the scaffolding industry and have a supervisor who is willing and able to verify your on-job work.

The current price of this course is $2450 (price includes GST).

To enter this programme please contact Skills at 0508 SKILLS (754 557) to arrange a meeting between yourself, your employer, and your Skills Account Manager.

 

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