UBC Canadian Scaffold Program – Level 1

This course offers students an understanding of basic scaffold erection and dismantling under local Occupational Health and Safety regulations. Upon completion, students will be classified as a 1st Year Apprentice and able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following; and will be able to perform the following in a timely manner and to industry standard:

  • Site Inspection and preparation
  • Identify tube and clamp scaffolds
  • Identify weld frame scaffolds and rolling towers
  • Identify system scaffolds
  • Identify loads and ratings, (live loads, dead loads, intended loads, actual loads, cantilevered loads, allowable loads, leg loads, point loads, uniform loads, and duty ratings)
  • Select grading of scaffold planks and working platforms
  • Describe components and relevant issues of scaffold: baseplates, mud-sills, working platforms, bracing, tie-ins, guy-lines, ropes, anchorage points, safety nets, cantilevers, suspended scaffolds, ladders, guardrail systems, toe-boards, hoarding, and canopies.
  • Select criteria for proper access and egress
  • Identify criteria for putlog capacity, supported scaffolds and suspended scaffolds.
  • Federal, Provincial and site regulations

Subsequent to the recognized Scaffolder Apprenticeship in Saskatchewan, the breakdown includes four (4) levels, each containing a three (3) week vocational in-class portion before being required to obtain 1500 hours before moving onto the next stage.

Applicants are asked to possess the following:

  • Basic math and reading skills.
  • Ability to read a tape measure
  • Ability to work at heights
  • Physical ability to handle the vigorous demands of scaffolding.

Course length: 3 Weeks
Pre-requisite: WHMIS 2015, Fall Protection, Confined Space
Student-Instructor Ratio = 30:2

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