*This programme is being re-developed and is subject to change in 2017

The National Certificate in Advanced Scaffolding recognises the skills and knowledge required to work as a Specialist Scaffolder.

The term ‘advanced’ refers to the range of equipment used and the level of competence of the qualification holder.

This is a 1-year programme delivered in block courses that will reflect industry skills & knowledge gained in the industry.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    National Certificate in Advanced Scaffolding
  • Location:
    Auckland and Christchurch
  • Method of Study:
    Block courses and workplace training
  • Dates:
    24 October 2017 Auckland, 25 September 2017 Christchurch
  • $2,008

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Tuition Fee:
  •   NZQA Fee:

Core Elements

Holders of the National Certificate with the Advanced Scaffolding strand are those whose work is in the planning and erection of ALL scaffolds to meet the highest demands found in the scaffolding industry. This is the highest level qualification available in this industry.

Career Opportunities

Qualified scaffolders are sought after for a wide range of work including residential, commercial, industrial, event seating, petrochemical industry both on and offshore, film and theatre sets, and much more.

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must be employed in the industry and have entered into a training agreement with their employer.
  • The National Certificate in Intermediate Scaffolding (Level 4), and demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills, is a prerequisite
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5 or above.

Special Entry may be granted when evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the programme. Please contact the Polytechnic for details.

This course does not allow trainees to sign off scaffolds as ' Safe for Use ' (scaf tag) as this can only be done by SARNZ Scaffolding current Certificate of Competence (COC) of the appropriate class over 5m, or for under 5m a holder of non-notifiable scaffolding qualification or trained / competent person erecting scaffolding structures to manufacture's specifications , and good practice guidelines ,can inspect and certify 'Safe For Use'.


This is a Safety Sensitive Programme