Competency and licensing
A person who erects, alters or dismantles any scaffold must be competent to do the work safely.
A person undertaking scaffolding work must hold the relevant class of scaffolding high risk work licence as required by the WHS Regulations. The scaffolding high risk work licence classes are:
Basic scaffolding licence—required for scaffolding work involving:
- modular or prefabricated scaffolds
- cantilevered materials hoists with a maximum working load of 500 kilograms
- gin wheels
- fall arrest systems including safety nets and static lines, and
- bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork).
Intermediate scaffolding licence—required for scaffolding work involving:
- cantilevered crane loading platforms
- cantilevered scaffolds
- spur scaffolds
- barrow ramps and sloping platforms
- scaffolding associated with perimeter safety screens and shutters
- mast climbing work platforms, and
- tube and coupler scaffolds including tube and coupler covered ways and gantries.
Advanced scaffolding licence—required for scaffolding work involving:
- cantilevered hoists
- hung scaffolds including scaffolds hung from tubes, wire ropes or chains, and
- suspended scaffolds.
Where a person undertakes construction work they must have successfully completed general construction induction training.
A person who erects, alters or dismantles a scaffold where there is a risk of a person or object falling four metres or less from the platform or structure does not require a high risk work licence. This sort of work may involve tasks like erecting a small frame scaffold to repair the eaves of a house or to paint a ceiling. These types of scaffolds are not generally used to provide a work platform at a height in excess of one storey or for use by many workers at once.