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.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.9%

NSW 26.8%

NT 2.7%

QLD 18.3%

SA 3.8%

TAS 0.6%

VIC 21.9%

WA 25%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 99.6%

Female 0.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 8%

Not completed Year 12: 27.3%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 22.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 35.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 7.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 50.4%

Above 35 years: 49.6%

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

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