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Other Qualification Minimum Age 18+ Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Scaffolders erect and dismantle scaffolding to provide work platforms on building or industrial sites, or for temporary structures such as stages, seating and catwalks.

With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a rigger. See the separate entry for Rigger.

Scaffolders work mostly outdoors, at a variety of locations and in most weather conditions.


    Scaffolders may perform the following tasks:

  • check requirements from drawings and written instructions, select materials and set ground levels
  • fit together steel pipes, support braces and clamps to form bases for scaffolds
  • lift and position sections of scaffolding and bolt pipes together to build up scaffolding
  • place planks over horizontal bars to create platforms
  • check levels in scaffolding structures
  • use prefabricated scaffolding when available
  • dismantle scaffolding at the completion of a job


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to work at heights
  • a sense of balance
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to work as part of a team
  • at least 18 years of age
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Interest Area

Manual/Practical Outdoor


Other Qualification Minimum Age 28+ Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a scaffolder you will need to obtain a licence to Perform High Risk Work issued by SafeWork NSW or WorkSafe ACT. To gain a licence, you will need to register with an approved Registered Training Organisation and work under the supervision of a licensed operator, keeping an approved logbook to record competencies achieved during training. Assessment by an independent assessor will then be required. Licences to Perform High Risk Work are issued under the National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work.

Contact SafeWork NSW or WorkSafe ACT for details of Registered Training Organisations authorised to deliver training and assessment. To obtain a licence, you will need to be at least 18 years of age. However, training may commence at a younger age.

You can also become a scaffolder through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Scaffolding.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). In NSW, training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations authorised by SafeWork NSW. In the ACT, training is provided by Registered Training Organisations approved by WorkSafe ACT.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Scaffolders are mainly employed by construction firms and related subcontractors. Job prospects depend on the level of activity in the construction industry and can fluctuate. A small amount of work is generated from other areas that require erection of scaffolding (such as entertainment, building maintenance and cleaning work).

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Job Outlook for Scaffolder Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council SafeWork NSW WorkSafe ACT

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