Basics for Scaffold Training
How to acquire a basic scaffolding licence
Scaffolding enables construction workers to work safely and confidently when at heights. New scaffolding designs provide safety and are already easier to assemble and dismantle quickly without compromising workplace safety. There are a variety of scaffolding training courses that could be considered by construction workers from the CPCCLSF2001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level by to the CPCCLSF4001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding progressive level (SA). Additional training is obtainable for swing stage user, swing stage installers and scaffolding supervisors and all scaffolding training has been developed to provide the required skills and techniques to install and work on scaffolding structures safely.
Harmonised training requirements throughout Australia
As of January 2013, under the new national harmonisation program, training and assessment for all CPC08 National High Risk Licence units now have specific equipment requirements. For any High Risk Work training and assessment that is to be conducted in a controlled ecosystem, trainers and assessors must now provide all trainees the appropriate method to competently demonstrate danger identification and implement appropriate controls.
Basic scaffolding training and assessment
The purpose of the CPCCLSF2001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level training course is to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills to work with scaffolding safely and competently and the following list of compulsory equipment and mandatory materials that must be made obtainable for each individual task during the training and assessment of trainees.
Mandatory responsibilities and required equipment for basic scaffolding
Inspect and use a safety harness/fall arrest system (static line)
Install and remove a cantilevered materials hoist
Erect and dismantle three (3) types of scaffolds
A range of scaffolding elements including equipment which complies with the requirements of the applicable state/territory legislation and a range of equipment including, equipment which complies with the requirements of the applicable state/territory legislation.
What to look for when you decide to start your training
When selecting to aim for any High Risk Work Licence, be certain to choose a reputable Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that is a recognised leader for their training and assessment outcomes. Elect to aim with an RTO that has opted to provide smaller class sizes for High Risk Work Licences and who has taken the effort to provide the mandatory requirements for training and assessment. Choose quality over quantity and be sure to ask that the training you receive incorporates all Australian safety requirements, comprehensive lifting applications, installation and use of equipment, danger recognition and risk control methods, in addition as height safety methods all whilst maintaining regulatory compliance.
Commitment to meeting mandatory scaffolding requirements
It will require an increased commitment by Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) to provide the mandatory resources for High Risk Work Licences.