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

The National Certificate Scaffolding (Elementary) (Level 3) recognises the skills of a trade certified scaffolder. This is a 16-month programme delivered in block courses which is integrated into your in-job training.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    National Certificate in Scaffolding (Elementary)
  • Location:
    Auckland, Christchurch, Invercargill, New Plymouth and Wellington
  • Method of Study:
    Block courses and workplace training
  • Dates:
    14 August 2017 Auckland, 28 August 2017 Invercargill/Wellington, 4 September 2017 Christchurch, 27 November 2017 New Plymouth
  • $2,223

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Tuition Fee:
  •   NZQA Fee:

Core Elements

The holder of the qualification is able to base out, erect, and dismantle straightforward proprietary and ‘tube and fitting’ scaffolding structures to any height. The holder can also assure the compliance of the structures, move safely on them at heights and lead a team to build elementary scaffolds.

Graduates will be able to apply for a certificate of competence to erect notifiable scaffolding in accordance with the qualification gained. They will also be qualified to work at heights, set up fall arrest systems, and sling regular loads and communicate during crane operations.

Further Study Paths

On completion of Elementary Scaffolding, graduates may enrol in further levels - Intermediate, Advanced, or Suspended.

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.
  • Be a 16 years of age or over.
  • Applicants must have successfully achieved NCEA Level One (or equivalent), or be able to demonstrate sound written and oral skills; or have achieved a local or National Certificate in the Construction industry or a related field.
  • 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.


This is a Safety Sensitive Programme