Scaffolding and Access Course - Part 1

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Scaffolding and Access Course - Part 1

This course will introduce learners to the scaffold terminology and types of scaffolds that are generally used at construction sites. During the course,  practical exercises will be given so learners  will understand the basic structure of scaffolds and the importance of each element  is thoroughly followed step by step throughout the course. In addition, safety forms an integral part of all the knowledge and practical work covered in this course.

This is an 80 hour course. Lessons are held as indicated on the prosprctus and website.

Unit 1: Safety at Scaffold Work Sites

Learners are introduced to various approved safety procedures to erect and dismantle scaffolds from the setting-up of sole plates to the alignment of horizontal and vertical members. In this unit emphasis will be made on, PPE and other safety precautions which are necessary to protect team members and the public.

Learners need to work in groups of three however the assessment is done individually as part of a continuous formative assessment as well as a summative assessment at the end of the course.

Learning Outcome 1:  Identify hazards during the erecting and dismantling of scaffolds

Unit Content


  • Manual lifting and handling; Slop of ground; horizontal members; vertical members; loose and not properly fastened fittings; road traffic; tower cranes; storage facilities; untrained workforce; shift work; wind currents; not properly fastened work; erecting and dismantling procedure;

Learning Outcome 2:  Identify defective fittings, safety signs and remedial actions

Unit Content


  • Remedial action procedure: Local authorities; employer

Unit 2 – The Construction and Dismantling Stages of Scaffolds

This unit introduce learners to different construction and dismantling methods of scaffolds. The unit is based on practical work in teams of three and each learner is expected to take different roles as normally is the case at construction sites.

Learning Outcome 1:  Identify the main elements of mobile towers, light duty independent, static tower, cuplok scaffold, heavy duty birdcage and fully boarded independent scaffolds.

Unit Content


  • Ladder beams; ledgers; through beams; braces; top guard rail; platform; toe-board; scaffold boards; system decks; transoms; bearers; top-end definition; working platform; staircase; ladder; lift; lift height; anchor point; battens; boards bearers; ties; through tie; box tie; reveal tie; lip ties; drilled anchorages; buttressing; kenledge; guys; cost-in anchorage; dummy stability measures; load bearing copuplers; right angle couplers; tree piece universal couplers; typical putlog couplers; brace couplers; swivel couplers; end to end couplers; base plate;
  • Horizontal; vertical; transverse terms

Learning Outcome 2:  List the setting-up tools and equipment

Unit Content


  • Spirit level; measuring tape; square instruments; laser levelling instruments, sole plates

Learning Outcome 3:  Construct and dismantle scaffolds for different use under supervision

Unit Content


  • Mobile tower, light duty independent, static tower, cuplok scaffold, heavy duty birdcage and fully boarded independent scaffold

No entry requirements but ideally applicants should be persons who work in the trade.  Candidates should be over 18 years of age and who have been working for a minimium of 3 years in the construction industry. 

Applicants must produce a medical certificate showing that they are in good health.  Participants should not suffer from vertigo or be uncomfortable working at various heights.

Course participants may be awarded either an MCAST Certificate of Attendance or an MCAST Certificate of Achievement.

MCAST Certificate of Attendance


  • An MCAST Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those candidates who attend at least 80% of the lessons.

MCAST Certificate of Achievement


  • An MCAST Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those candidates who satisfy the 80% attendance criteria AND ALSO choose to sit and pass the course assessment/s.
  • Students who opt not to sit for the assessment/s or fail (the assessment/s) will however be awarded an MCAST Certificate of Attendance provided that they fulfill the minimum attendance criteria as stated above.

If the student intends to obtain a Certificate of Achievement, she/he is required to sit for an assessment/s.  Assessment/s may take various forms such as a home assignment, class assignment, practical test and time constrained test.  However, the assessment/s is not compulsory and an applicant may choose not to sit for it.

There are no additional costs to pay or special materials/equipment to bring

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