Curious about what scaffolders do?

A career in the scaffolding industry is a great move. This page looks at the what sorts of jobs you’ll be doing, where your career could go, and what kinds of skills will help you in the trade.

Why become a scaffolder?


Start your career with no student loan

Earn a wage from day one, and finish your apprenticeship without a massive loan hanging over your head!

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Work that suits your lifestyle

Work outdoors instead of being stuck in the same office all day. As your career grows, you'll have more freedom and flexibility in your schedule to fit in more time for the things that matter, such as family, hobbies, and interests.


A variety of experiences

No two days are the same! You'll get the chance to work on a wide range of jobs throughout your career.

What do scaffolders do?

Scaffolders are a vital part of any construction work, and there’s always work to be done! With a career in scaffolding you’ll be involved with a wide array of jobs, including transportation, planning and measuring, erecting and securing scaffolding, performing safety checks, and dismantling.

On any given day you could be:

  • Building scaffolding and platforms for high-rise building constructions

  • Working as part of a project team to get seating built at a raceway

  • Securing a residential home for roof repairs

  • Building scaffolding for art installations and museums

  • Erecting work platforms for reconstruction work in heritage buildings.

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Where can I go?

Once you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll be awarded your New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Trade) (Level 4). This means you’ll be able to work as a scaffolder on many sites around New Zealand. 

From there you’ll be able to get further qualified which will allow you to take on more specialised scaffolding roles or move into supervisory roles.

As your experience grows, so will your career opportunities. Many scaffolders eventually go on to start their own business, move into construction management, or a health and safety advisory role.

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Is it for me?

There are some basic skills which will help you go far in your career as a scaffolder.  You should be:

responsibleResponsible and well-organised 

weatherHappy working outdoors in any weather

strongPhysically fit (you'll move around a lot and do some heavy lifting) 

professionalAble to present yourself professionally 

communicateGood at communicating with others 

timeFlexible with working hours, as evening, weekend and on call is sometimes required

heightsComfortable working at heights for long periods of time

balanceHave good balance and hand-eye coordination

Want to get started?

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

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