How to become a Scaffolder

Scaffolders erect and dismantle scaffolding to provide work platforms on building or industrial sites, or for temporary structures such as stages, seating and catwalks.

Personal requirements of a Scaffolder

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to work at heights
  • a sense of balance
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to work as part of a team
  • at least 18 years of age.

Duties & Tasks of a Scaffolder

Scaffolders: • check requirements from drawings and written instructions, select materials and set ground levels • fit together steel pipes, support braces and clamps to form bases for scaffolds • lift and position sections of scaffolding and bolt pipes together to build up scaffolding • place planks over horizontal bars to create platforms • check levels in scaffolding structures • use prefabricated scaffolding when available • dismantle scaffolding at the completion of a job.

Working conditions for a Scaffolder

Scaffolders work mostly outdoors, at a variety of locations and in most weather conditions.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0.3%


NT NT 2.2%

QLD QLD 24.5%

SA SA 3.4%

TAS TAS 2.4%

VIC VIC 24.3%

WA WA 12.7%

Hours worked:



Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 99.5%

Female 0.5%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 2.7%

20-24 - 14.9%

25-34 - 29.6%

35-44 - 22.4%

45-54 - 22.1%

55-59 - 3.1%

60-64 - 4.5%

65 and Over - 0.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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