HRETDs scaffold erecting and dismantling supervisor training course details
Scaffold erecting
and dismantling supervisor
SAQA unit standard: 263224
Field: Physical Planning and Construction
NQF level:  04 (12 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Ten learners
Novice training duration: Five days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs scaffold erecting and dismantling supervisor training course details
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Included in this mutimedia training programme Big projects often have many scaffolding structures, each one critical to the safety and efficiency of the work environment. HRETD's "Scaffold Erecting and Dismantling Supervisor" course is tailored to meet the unique challenges posed by such large-scale operations. The curriculum dives into essential topics like multiple scaffold management, risk assessments, and legislative compliance, all supplemented by multimedia aids like quizzes and videos.

Through hands-on sessions, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies involved in supervising multiple scaffolding structures. The course emphasizes skills like team coordination, material evaluation, and quality control checks, equipping you to handle complex scaffolding scenarios with competence and assurance.

On successful completion, participants are awarded a CETA-accredited certification, affirming their expertise as qualified Scaffold Erecting and Dismantling Supervisors. This course is indispensable for those engaged in large or complex projects where multiple scaffolding structures are in use, ensuring both operational efficiency and safety.

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Scaffold erecting and dismantling supervisor training

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Course content

Demonstrate an understanding of different types of access scaffolding

The role and responsibilities of the access scaffold supervisor are identified and explained. Types of access scaffolding are described. Access scaffolding components are identified and their application is explained. Classification for Access Scaffolding platforms and their loading limitations are complied with. Stability requirements are interpreted and implemented. Relevant documentation and the associated responsibilities of the Inspector are identified and described. The completion of access scaffold documentation and signage is supervised.

Communication Skills

We discuss better planning, improved communication, better team and stakeholder engagement, overall view of any safety implications and getting it done right first time.

Read and interpret drawings, requirements and specifications

Details and dimensions of access scaffold design are interpreted and applied. Access scaffolding equipment is identified and equipment list compiled. Safe working loads on platforms and total loading on uprights are calculated. Additional client requirements are analysed.

Plan resources for erecting and modifying access scaffolding

Detailed Action Plans are compiled and activities prioritised. Access scaffold equipment and other material quantities are accurately calculated. Human resource requirements are estimated in relation to the quantities calculated from drawings. Transportation, fit-for-purpose equipment, materials and crews are scheduled and work activities are sequenced.

Assess site risks and accessibility

A site risk assessment plan is compiled and implemented. Safe working procedures are compiled for identified risks. Site accessibility is assessed and the method for moving equipment onto site is determined. Client is timeously notified if additional work is required to improve site accessibility. Lay down/staging areas for equipment are identified and allocated.

Supervise the erection and modification of access scaffolding

Access scaffold equipment is supplied on site in the right sequence, within the prescribed timeframe and fit-for-use. The setting out of access scaffolding positions is monitored. The erection and modification sequence of access scaffolding is organised and work activities are controlled. The erection and modification of access scaffolding and platforms are supervised. Excess equipment is removed from the site.

Supervise dismantling and site clearance procedures

Site risks are assessed, pre-dismantling inspections are conducted and safe working procedures are compiled. Action Plans are compiled and activities prioritised. The dismantling sequence of access scaffolding is organised and work activities are controlled. The dismantling of Access scaffolding is supervised. Lay down/staging areas for materials are identified and allocated. Transportation, materials and crews are scheduled and work activities are sequenced. Site procedures for the clearance of materials, equipment and crews are adhered to and completed within prescribed deadlines.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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Training programme accreditation

This training programme is aligned to the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 263224: Supervise the erection and dismantling of access scaffolding.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent, the candidate will receive a certificate of competence that is valid for a period outlined in policy of the company they are employed by, or the policy of the company their employer is sub-contracted to. If unspecified the default validity will be set at two years in line with South African industry norms.

SAQA credits allocation

In addition to being certified competent, candidate who have completed the required notional hours, and if enrolment procedures have been adhered to, will receive the allocated contributing credits towards an applicable national qualification, as well as a statement of results.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training. John, a construction team supervisor, was keen on implementing quality principles on his construction site. One day, a scaffold erecting and dismantling supervisor named Sarah joined the team. They had a quick meeting on planned task observations, as they aimed to apply quality control meticulously. The supervisory skills John had acquired in his training courses proved effective as he managed the team smoothly. An incident occurred when they started to operate pan compactors and trench compactors. Safety was their top priority, and they had a fire and evacuation marshal named Tim, as well as a fall protection planner named Emily. Both had gone through rigorous task observation training and were adept at safety monitoring. Suddenly, a fall arrest situation happened. A worker named Jack was dangling from the scaffold. Emily, the fall protection planner, initiated the protocols while Tim, the fire and evacuation marshal, cleared the area. Another team member, trained as a fall arrest rescue technician, sprung into action and rescued Jack efficiently. The next day, the management decided to elevate the role of the fire and evacuation marshal and the fall protection planner, to include teaching supervisory skills and management skills to all staff. It was crucial to maintain standards, including those for scaffold erection, soil compaction, and machinery operation. In the end, John felt proud of his team's swift actions and appreciated how every member's training in areas like conflict resolution, construction safety, and task safety played a role in averting a crisis. The management, impressed by the team's performance, decided to engage Sarah, the scaffold supervisor, to oversee scaffold dismantling as well. Sarah had significant scaffolding skills and had completed courses in leadership training and employee supervision. She was an expert at operating heavy machinery, including the trench compactors. John's team was also responsible for off-road 4x4 driving techniques, heavy vehicle defensive driving, and AARTO system regulations. Given the mix of terrains they had to navigate to reach different construction sites, these skills were essential. They even had courses for light delivery vehicles and motorcycle defensive driving for delivery staff. With AARTO system training, they made sure that professional drivers understood the legal obligations and safety requirements, particularly for fleet managers. To address the challenge of securing heavy machinery for transport, they had a specialized training session on lowbed securement best practices. A team member, Mark, was excellent at maintaining customer relations, a skill he acquired through specific training programs. As the team expanded, pre-employment professional driver evaluations were introduced. This helped in assessing the driving skills of new recruits, which was crucial for maintaining construction site safety. Economic driving skills were taught to make the best use of fuel, reducing operational costs. Their training programs also catered to expats, offering RSA roads orientation, anti-hijacking techniques, and risk mitigation. They even included a unique program focusing on defensive driving for gravel roads. The last addition to their training curriculum was a special course on economic driving skills and techniques to help save fuel and reduce emissions. One day, they received a big project that required additional skilled workers. Luckily, John had undergone supervisory training, enabling him to manage even larger teams effectively. The project was a big success, and it was all thanks to their diverse skill set, continuous training, and excellent supervisory skills. The team felt a sense of accomplishment, knowing their comprehensive training—from 4x4 driving techniques to construction equipment operation—made them versatile and effective in their roles.