National code: CPC30920

    Certificate III in Scaffolding

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Elevate your career as a qualified scaffolder in a wide variety of industries including residential, commercial construction, entertainment and infrastructure sectors. Learn from specialist teachers and refine your skills in industry-standard workshops.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

      • Interpret plans and specifications
      • Plan and organise your work
      • Work safely at heights
      • Work on elevated platforms up to 11 metres
      • Erect, dismantle, and alter scaffolding

    Course outcomes

    Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

      • Experience in simulated workplaces to build a variety of scaffolds – including birdcages, returns and hoardings
      • Skills using plans and specifications to build different types of scaffolds
      • A strong understanding of safe work practices
      • Four high-risk work licences - forklift, basic, intermediate and advanced scaffolding

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

    • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

    Completion requirements

    During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

      • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) – you will need this before you can enter a construction site
    • Note: To undertake all High Risk Work (HRW) assessments in this course, you will need to be at least 18 years old with 100 points of identification.

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

      • Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands – like bending, kneeling, lifting, standing
      • Experience in handling tools and equipment
      • A willingness to work at heights
      • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
    • To set you up for study success and ensure your skills match the demands of your course, TAFE NSW offers you a free Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment. This assessment helps us to work with you to understand your individual study needs, to direct you to the right course for you and to give you the personalised support you need to succeed.

    • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like:


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

    • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


    • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

      3,200 workers

    • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

      33 years

    • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


    • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

      43 hours

    • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


    • Gender share

      0% female

    • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

      Strong Growth

    Other jobs include: scaffolder in sectors like residential, commercial construction, entertainment, maintenance, resource and infrastructure


    A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who require access to construction sites. Check your local regulatory requirements. Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain four high-risk work licences - basic scaffolding, intermediate scaffolding, advanced scaffolding and a forklift licence. Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for a white card and high-risk work licence.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study1 Course

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Certificate III in Scaffolding does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Scaffolding qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 units of competency, including 10 core and 4 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

    • Apply basic levelling proceduresCPCCCM2006

    • Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic levelCPCCLSF2001

    • Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate levelCPCCLSF3001

    • Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industryCPCCOM1012

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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