Offering Info

Certificate III in Scaffolding

  • National Course Code: CPC30911
  • TAFE NSW code: CPC30911-01V04-21NEW-036

Location – Newcastle


Part Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

8.1 Hours per week


24 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Scaffolding will elevate your career as a 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.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Carry out calculations and measurements
  • Interpret plans and specifications
  • Plan and organise your work
  • Use oxy-LPG equipment
  • Work on elevated platforms up to 11 metres
  • Erect, dismantle, and alter scaffolding


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • An appreciation for the scaffolding industry
  • Hardworking attitude with an interest in technical details
  • Enjoyment working with your hands
  • Good teamwork skills to collaborate with others
  • Effective communication techniques
  • Enthusiasm for problem solving and attention to detail
  • A strong commitment to safety


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level
  • Four high risk work licences forklift, basic, intermediate and advanced scaffolding

Career opportunities:

  • Scaffolder in sectors like residential, commercial construction, entertainment, maintenance, resource and infrastructure


Expand your opportunities with these related study options:

  • Certificate III in Rigging
  • Certificate IV in New Small Business

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


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

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Scaffolding as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in?the scaffolding industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed?traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

You need to meet the following requirements to be able to undertake work placement. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) you will need this before you can enter a construction site
  • You will need to be at least 18 years old to be eligible to sit the unit of competency assessment for high risk work licences


A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who require access to construction sites. Check your local regulation requirements.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you:

  • Are able to meet High Risk Work (HRW) licensing requirements
  • Are 18 years of age or over and reside in NSW
  • Have sufficient language, literarcy, numeracy and employment skills essential to scaffolding performance.
  • Are able bodied and able to communicate and understand the English language.
  • Are a construction worker in NSW and hold a General Induction Training Card (White Card)

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Existing skills and knowledge which are required to enter into this course. This prior knowledge includes: safe work practices, risk assessment and control, communication skills, teamwork, basic scaffold erection and dismantling skills (performed under supervision and under four metres in height) and equipment movement, stacking and storage skills.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a part time evening, course. You will need to attend approximately 8.1 hours of class, over 2 evenings a week for 24 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 35.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including directed activies, self-directed revision and on-the-job training.

Please Note: Dependent on numbers and units being delivered the class will be split into a combination of 2 evenings a week. Additional days of attendance will be required for High Risk Work (HRW) Licence assessment to a total of 28 hours.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Are currently working in the construction industry and have experience in scaffolding.

There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled for 2 x evening classes per week, either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 5.00pm to 8.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication
CPCCLSF2001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level
CPCCLSF3001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level
CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCSC2001A Safely handle and use scaffolding tools and equipment
CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
Elective Units
Number Title
TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck
CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights
CPCCSC2002A Erect and dismantle basic scaffolding

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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