Scaffolders assemble systems that are temporary structures used to support equipment and material, and to provide access for workers in the construction and maintenance of buildings and facilities. Scaffolders can work in almost all sectors of the construction industry, including residential, commercial, industrial and maintenance.
- Unload scaffolding material
- Set up base plates and scaffold tubes
- Cut and measure as required
- Attach scaffolding to structures to stabilize them
- Install stairs and walkways
- Mount guard rails and safety netting
- Dismantle scaffolding at the end of the job
- Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches
What You’ll Need
Having a related journeyperson certificate can reduce the length of apprenticeship term.
4 years, includes 360 hours of technical training and 5,200 hours on-the-job training, and exam. Journeyperson certificate
awarded after successful completion.
Although scaffolding is not a designated trade in B.C., the British Columbia Regional Council of Carpenters provides a comprehensive Scaffold Certification Program that meets and exceeds industry standards.
To potentially reduce length of apprenticeship term: Completed courses of study, scaffolding-related work experience or a related journeyperson certificate AND employer’s recommendation.
Key Skills & Attributes
(technical training and on the job)
- Strong numeracy, reading & communication skills
- Problem-solving & critical thinking skills
- Visualization & organizational skills
- Positive attitude
- Work well with others
- Ability to work at heights and apply safe work practices