Program Overview

Note: People must first register with a SIIT Career Centre to enter this program. Participants may be eligible for a wage based training allowance once accepted into the program.

  • As the construction industry continues to expand, the opportunities for Aboriginal people to be gainfully employed in the trades continue to increase. There is an extreme shortage of skilled scaffold workers in the scaffolding trade in Saskatchewan.
  • This program is designed to give the learners enough knowledge and experience to improve their employability in the scaffold industry. The program covers the safety requirements of the construction sites, safe use of tools and equipment, trade terminology and assembly procedures of various types of scaffolding. This will include hands on practice with different scaffolding systems with emphasis on industry expectations such as mobility, importance of safety, and professionalism. Safety training will include personal safety, OH&S regulations and job site safety.

Delivery:

  • The program is a combination of classroom (35%) and practical experience (65%).

Admission Requirements:

  • Academic Requirement(s): Grade 10 with regular Math 10.
  • Non-Academic Requirement(s): Registered with SIIT Career Centre; able to perform physical work; not afraid of heights.

Career Opportunities:

  • Graduates will have employment opportunities with both unionized and non-union contractors throughout Saskatchewan.

Length of Program:

  • Four to six weeks

Graduation Document:

  • Certificate of Attendance

Course Description:

This program will cover all important knowledge and basic skills needed for entry level into the scaffolding industry. This will include hands on practice with different scaffolding systems and industry expectations such as mobility, importance of safety, and professionalism. Safety training will include personal safety, OH&S and job site safety.

Specific topics covered in the curriculum are as follows:

  • Essential Skills: Math, document use, communication skills.
  • Safety: Construction safety essentials, personal protective equipment, electrical hazards, heat and cold stress, good housekeeping, site orientations and policies, fire prevention, fall protection, confined space awareness, CSTS/SCOT, WHMIS.
  • Tools: Hand tools, portable power tools, and stationary power tools.
  • Rigging: Ropes, knots, material handling.
  • Materials: Lumber, planks, plywood, metal scaffold components, weights of materials.
  • Scaffold Regulations: OH&S regulations, CSA regulations, manufacturer specifications.
  • Access Scaffolding basics: Frame scaffold uses and erection procedures, modular scaffold uses and erection procedures, tube and clamp scaffold uses and erection procedures, level and layout procedures, blueprint reading.
  • Work Ethics: Employer expectations and employee responsibilities.