How to get your scaffolding ticket

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With more and more developments underway in major cities across Australia, scaffolders are always in high demand. A scaffolding career will challenge you and offer you many opportunities, but you must make sure you have your scaffolding ticket or licence to operate safely.

Scaffolders require detailed knowledge and skill set to operate. Building scaffolding the right way is completely safe, but for the inexperienced, it can be dangerous. Not only for them, but also others working on those construction sites, and the general public too.

 States around require scaffolders to undertake adequate training to operate. If you’re looking for a career in the construction industry that is set to grow then scaffolding might be perfect for you.

We’ve answered some of the major questions we get from those wanting to enter the scaffolding and construction industries.

When do you need a scaffolding ticket or certificate?

To operate as a scaffolder anywhere in Australia you must have your scaffolding ticket or licence issued by WorkSafe. The entry-level certification for scaffolding will be your Statement of Attainment (Nationally recognised), licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding (Basic Level). You can undertake your licence in any state around Australia and CERT offers this training for West Australian residents.

On completion of the course, WorkSafe WA will issue you with your High-Risk Work Licence to allow you to operate in the industry. 

How long does it take to be a certified scaffolder?

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To become a certified scaffolder, and receive your WorkSafe High-Risk Work Licence, you must complete your scaffolding licence or ticket for beginner level first. This course can be undertaken in just 5 days with an accredited and licenced certifier such as CERT

How high can you build scaffolding without a licence?

According to Safework NSW, it is illegal to build scaffolding more than 4 meters, or where a person or object may fall more than 4 meters, without a scaffolding licence. Workers who are caught doing this will face fines of up to $3,600 on the spot.

What will I learn in this course?

The courses, which cover beginner, intermediate and advanced scaffolding skills progressively, cover all aspects of safely constructing and working with scaffolding. This includes:

  • Skills and knowledge to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • How to plan a scaffolding job
  • Inspecting scaffold and equipment
  • Appropriate communication methods and equipment
  • Performing tasks using lifting techniques
  • Tagging defective scaffolds and equipment

How will I get my scaffolding licence or ticket?

To receive your scaffolding ticket or licence you can enrol with a certified and accredited national course provider like CERT. CERT can provide training and upskilling for your WorkSafe High-Risk Work Licence at the beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. You have to start with your beginner licence and once completed can add additional classes to your licence by undertaking progressive courses.

Final Thoughts

If you’re considering a career in the construction industry then scaffolding could provide you with many opportunities. Completing your scaffolding ticket or license will set you up for a long career in a dynamic and high-demand industry. Get your career off to the right start with your statement of attainment and licence to erect scaffolding today.

Enrol in CERT Training now and kick start your career in rail infrastructure.

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