Development of New Scaffolder Qualification

Qualification will help people stay safe when working on scaffolding

by Paul Edwards


n April the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), in close collaboration with the Institute for Work at Height (IWH), staged a Pre-Scoping Meeting in Gauteng, where the construction industry participated in the development of the new proposed Scaffolder Qualification, OFO code: 641902.

The meeting was well attended with brisk discussion and constructive flow of comment and participation throughout.

Following this pre-scoping meeting, the IWH was authorised by the QCTO to develop a “parent qualification” for the scaffolding industry covering the following disciplines:-

  • Access scaffolding;
  • Falsework;
  • Suspended access equipment; and
  • Lightweight climbing equipment (ladders and towers).

This qualification, or combinations of its constituent parts, makes up part-qualifications (specialisations of individual skills)and will become the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) registered qualification that – according to the official definition of “competent person” – will be the required qualification for declaring a person as being “competent”.

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