Scaffolders erect and take down scaffolding and working platforms used in building and construction projects, painting and repair jobs and industrial purposes. Scaffold and platforms are also used in public events such as stands, tiered seating and viewing platforms.
It is a great career if you enjoy working at heights.
What jobs will I do?
Depending on your level of experience you may do some or all of the following:
- Plan and determine the correct type of scaffolds and platforms to build
- Calculate loadings
- Check the worksite and identify hazards
- Erect and dismantle scaffold frameworks
- Fasten ladders and guard rails to scaffolding
- Check and maintain scaffolding equipment
Regularly check erected scaffold frameworks and platforms for safety purposes.
What's the job outlook like?
You don’t need to be qualified to work as a labourer under the supervision of a qualified scaffolder. However choosing to do a qualification will increase your work prospects.
The job outlook for scaffolders is good, especially for experienced scaffolders who hold a qualification at an advanced level. Most work opportunities exist due to the Christchurch rebuild and Auckland housing construction needs.
Having a heavy vehicle licence will also improve your chances of getting a job.
How do I become a scaffolder?
To become a fully qualified scaffolder you need to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 3). You can do further study and get qualified to Level 5.
Secondary education and essential skills
Although there are no specific secondary school education requirements in order to become a scaffolder, it is recommended that NCEA Level 2 is completed with Maths and English being useful subjects to study throughout.
What qualifications are available?
Depending on the type of work you want to be able to do you can do one or more of the following qualifications:
- New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 3) with strands in General and Suspended Scaffolding
- New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 4)
- New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 5)
If you are interested in a career in scaffolding, then check out the video below to gain some first hand insight!