Basic Scaffolding


Course Overview

This 2-days training course will provide the theoretical and practical  knowledge required to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding at the basic level, consisting of scaffolding work connected with the operation or use of modular or pre-fabricated scaffolds.

Recommended For

This Basic Scaffolding course is recommended for any person who has the requirement to plan, select, inspect, erect and dismantle modular scaffold and scaffold equipment, or those tasks as listed in the course overview as part of their day-to-day activities.


The participant must be 18 years of age, and have a sound knowledge of the frame structures and basic mathematical concepts.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this training, the participant will be able to:

  • Calculate Safe Working Load (SWL) and Working Load Limit (WLL)
  • Erect and dismantle, scaffold within the scope of the basic scaffolder
  • Interpret manufacturer’s specifications for plant and equipment
  • Work safely at heights and in confined spaces
  • Set up fall arrest systems, including safety nets
  • Accurately interpret basic structural charts and structural plans
  • Apply the correct application and use of all scaffolding equipment
  • Verify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response.


Theoretical assessment for this unit comprises a written knowledge assessment of approximately 40 questions. The assessment will further include approximately 4 questions on mathematical calculations. There will also be a practical assessment of competency consisting of various scaffold related tasks.


All learning materials (including a comprehensive learner guide), consumables & equipment. Tea, coffee and chilled/filtered water are also provided on public courses.