New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding

The Skills Organisation

Subject area

Scaffolding and Rigging


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Entry requirements

Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning arrangements:

TEOs delivering programmes that lead to the award of this qualification may transfer credit and recognise prior learning in accordance with their own credit recognition policies and procedures.
These policies and procedures, and information about associated fees, must be available to the applicant prior to enrolment.

To facilitate credit transfer, TEOs must clearly demonstrate the equivalency or comparability between each of the outcomes in the graduate profile, and the assessment components of their programmes.
Credit transfer will be automatic where standards on the Directory of Assessment Standards are used for assessment within programmes of study or training leading to this qualification.

Prerequisites to meet regulatory body or legislative requirements:

A current workplace first aid certificate is required.

The New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Proprietary Suspended) (Level 3) [Ref: 3709], or the attainment of the scaffolding competence endorsements listed below, is a pre-requisite to the award of this qualification.

Suspended Certificate
A. Bosun's chair - handheld or mechanical
B. Swinging stage - handheld or mechanical.

New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 3710] and/or the following scaffolding competence endorsements as specified in the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995, is a pre-requisite for entry into programmes leading to this qualification.

Advanced Certificate
C. Barrow ramp
F. Catch net
G. Hoist (load not exceeding 250 kilograms)
J. Mast climbers
L. Scaffolding associated with perimeter safety screens or shutters
N. Spurred scaffolds
O. Tube and coupler scaffolding

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the scaffolding sector with people who have the skills, knowledge and experience to effectively lead, plan, design, erect and dismantle complex scaffolding at an advanced level.

Graduates at this level will be capable of working in an autonomous capacity and use standards and codes of practice relevant to the full range of techniques for undertaking advanced scaffolding activities to ensure all tasks are completed safely and to industry standards.

This qualification is targeted at people who are already working as qualified tradespeople within the scaffolding sector, and are ready to progress into leadership roles, planning positions at an advanced level within the scaffolding industry. This qualification is also suitable for graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 4) [Ref: 2362] and can only be awarded to graduates of the Suspended Scaffolding strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Level 3) with strands in General and Suspended Scaffolding [Ref: 2361].

Graduates will be ready to apply for the following scaffolding certificate of competence as specified in the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995:

Advanced Certificate
D. Bracket scaffolding for tank and formwork
E. Cantilevered scaffolding
H. Hung scaffolding - including chain and wire rope
I. Loading platforms cantilevered from scaffolding
K. Safety nets for public protection

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Building at this level can earn:


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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (09) 525 2590
Fax: (09) 525 2591

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