One good trait of scaffolders is that they can  work on the widest array of projects and environments. So to be successful, you should have the ability to plan and build working platforms and erect scaffolding for all types of construction projects. Among These are:

  • Rigging

Even though a regular scaffolder will require additional training and education to be successfully involved in rigging, their background in scaffolding will assist in this role.

A rigger uses mechanical systems such as derricks and jibs to move heavy structural objects.

  • Construction scaffolding

Whenever construction workers want to repair facades of tall buildings or when they want to put up a new one, they need scaffolders to erect scaffolds. Construction scaffolders provide the platform where labourers and construction crew members operate from.

Construction scaffolding

The scaffolds must be strong enough to accommodate these workers together with their construction tools and certain building materials. A construction scaffolder is usually required to have some extra industry and job-specific skills.

  • Music and entertainment scaffolding

Various events that take place in the music and entertainment industry require the services of scaffolders.

Music and entertainment scaffolding

They erect structures for events that include fashion shows, industry awards nights and music concerts. These scaffolders normally work for companies involved in servicing the entertainment industry in these events.

This category of scaffolders also build tiered seating and stands for public events like concerts and sporting events.

Whatever the project, the scaffolder is responsible for inspecting the area and pinpoint what type of scaffolding is required. Once this is done, the scaffolder unloads it, fits its braces and tubing together to form the frameworks that eventually become the scaffold. He will fix all the attachments including ladders and rails to create the scaffold.

Their work doesn’t end there. Scaffolders are also tasked to check and maintain scaffolding equipment throughout its use. They inspect the scaffolding structure to ensure it is safe to use and eventually take it down after the work is done.

What it takes to be a scaffolder

A scaffolder needs a Height Risk working permit. The occupation is considered high risk due to the great heights and varied environmental conditions involved.  Scaffolders must therefore be mindful of health and occupational safety requirements to minimise risks.

To be successful in this field, you need to have these attributes:

What it takes to be a scaffolder

  1. Physical strength – scaffolding is physically demanding. You need to be fit and strong to do the job well.
  2. Planning and organisation skills.
  3. Problem solving skills.
  4. Teamwork skills.
  5. Conscientiousness to follow safety procedure  – by nature, the job involves working at heights. There are also other risks of heavy objects, construction working with tools and chemicals. An exceptional health and safety awareness is therefore essential.


  1. Ability to take and follow instructions – scaffolding requires attention to detail and a great level of concentration.

Learning passageways for scaffolders

Like any discipline, a career in scaffolding requires some form of education. To become a qualified scaffolder, you need to learn the following:

  • A course in scaffolding

There may be varied pathways to becoming a qualified scaffolder. The starting point of this career however should be a relevant course in scaffolding.

The course is generally geared toward giving you knowledge of the standards and practises in the construction industry.

  • Gain important trade knowledge

Once you have the basics, it’s important to settle on strengthening your skills. This may involve taking up practical tasks in scaffolding, often through apprenticeships.

You’ll enter into a formal training contract with an employer as an apprentice or trainee. A huge chunk of your time goes into working and learning practical skills required on the scaffolding job. You also spend some time taking up structured training with a chosen registered training provider to hone your skills.

At the tail end of the training, the provider assesses your skills and determines when you are competent in all areas. You then receive a nationally recognised qualification award.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available in Australia through schools. So if you’re enrolled in a school, it should be easier to secure an apprenticeship in scaffolding.

What usually happens in the program is that you attend school three days a week and spend a day at a registered training organisation. The remaining day of the week is spent at work.

Normally, if you secure a full-time apprenticeship, you can apply to leave school before you hit the regular school leaving age. Otherwise, you can get an apprenticeship by applying for one independently. You’ll be getting paid while you learn the trade.

  • Building your resume

An apprenticeship and the other scaffolding jobs you take on as a trainee all equip you with hands-on experience. You should also focus on gaining all the technical knowledge.

  • Attaining industry requirements

A relevant nationally recognised award will pass you as a qualified scaffolder. However, you must have a High Risk work permit to work as a scaffolder in Australia. You also need a Construction Induction Card. Some states in the country also require that you complete a short course on working safely at heights.

  • Finding yourself a job

All done? It’s time to get hired as an independent professional. Emphasis your personal strengths so contractors and companies would take interest in hiring you.Couple this with a cover letter that would tell how our skills fit a company’s vacancy requirements, you’re sure to land a job.

Wrap up

A career in scaffolding can be highly rewarding. There are always jobs in construction and other areas that require scaffolding and that means you won’t run out of opportunities in Australia. Even more interesting, you can get trained on the job and become a qualified scaffolder even though initially you don’t have any formal qualifications.