Scaffolding and Access Course - Part 2

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Scaffolding and Access Course - Part 2

The course is intended for those already working in the industry and have already followed successfully the part-one course. The course is focused on practical procedures and techniques to erect a wide range of typical scaffolds to industry standards. Besides the direct experience of material handling and the step by step follow up of the setting out and erecting procedures, learners are given the opportunity to read and interpret design data, legislation as well as evaluate eventual risk to the scaffold team, employees and to the public.

This is a 90 hour course. Lessons are held as indicated on the prospectus and website.

Unit 1: Safety with Scaffolds

This unit is designed to explore and understand relevant legislation and standards to provide and maintain a safe working environment during the erecting and dismantling of scaffold at general construction sites and precautions that should be followed.

Learning Outcome 1:  Identify the appropriate safety equipment to various situations on site

Unit Content


  • PPE: Safety hat; Safety shoes; gloves; overall; respirators; protection for working outside; confined spaces; working at heights equipment

Learning Outcome 2:  Demonstrate proficiency by carrying out a risk assessment

Unit Content


  • Standard forms for long term and short term projects: individual risk assessment; project team risk assessment; routine check and maintenance of scaffolds following bad weather

Unit 2: The Construction and Dismantling of Scaffolds

The primary focus of this unit is to give the opportunity to learners to follow step by step verbal instructions and to read drawings and specifications to construct and dismantle various scaffolds. During the process, learners are presented with typical situations to inspect and record their work on standard check lists.

Learning Outcome 1:  Identify the correct use of scaffolding and access equipment

Unit Content


  • System Scaffolding; Tube and Fitting Scaffolding; Ladders: free standing, wall type; guard rails;

Learning Outcome 2:  Construct and dismantle Ordinary Access Scaffolding

Unit Content


  • Types of scaffold: Platforms and scaffolding tied to the face of the building, platforms hanging down the face of a building, Broad-area platforms, Movable gangways, towers and masts
  • Choice of systems: Safety, hidden traps, danger to others safety in erection and dismantling, purpose
  • Basic independent tied scaffolds and put log scaffolds: type of ties to buildings; difference between ‘independent’ and ‘putlog’ scaffolds; rules for ties; forming of frames at right angle and parallel to buildings; ‘standards’ joined by horizontal tubes both in longitudinal and transverse directions; ‘lifts’ forming three-dimensional rectangular structures
  • Foundations; Ties; Working platforms; Ladders; Prefabricated beams; Pavement frames; Attachments to scaffolds

Learning Outcome 3:  Construct and dismantle Special Scaffolds

Unit Content


  • Access birdcages; Access towers in tubes and couplers; Towers-and -bridge scaffolds, frame scaffolds and system scaffolds; cantilever scaffolds; truss-out scaffolds and drop scaffolds; slung scaffolds; suspended scaffolds; Gangways, pedestrian bridges; Demolition scaffolds; Weather protection and sheeted stone cleaning scaffolds; temporary roofs and canopies; Free standing scaffolds and power access scaffolds

Learning Outcome 4:  Assess Materials and Technical data with detailed specifications for the sound erection of scaffolds to serve specific needs

Unit Content


  • Scaffolds tubes; scaffolds couplers and fittings; scaffold boards and timber; Technical data of prefabricated beams; prefabricated frames and scaffold systems; Ropes, Lashings; rigging; guys and anchors; weights on scaffolding; wind forces; units; symbols and conventions

Learning Outcome 5: Identify hazards and appropriate safe working methods in constructing and dismantling of scaffolding

Unit Content


  • Hazards in independent tied scaffolds: Absence of ties; absence of bracings; wrong coaxial joint in tubes; undermined foundations; attachment of tarpaulins; unnecessary working lifts; overloading; neglected scaffolds over long periods
  • Hazards in prefabricated frame scaffolds and system scaffolds: bad assumptions that prefabricated and system scaffold do not require additional bracings; failure to use locking pins or wedges; lack of longitudinal stiffness; dismantling long projection components
  • Hazards in putlog scaffolds: insufficient grip of the putlog ends in stone and brickwork; dislodgement of the lower lift; removal of guard rail leaves the joint in the ledger unassisted
  • Hazards in sole plates: use of rotten boards; placing standards at end of boards or across joints of boards; waterlogged ground; site surface water washing; excavation near sole plates; boards leveled with rubble; size of sole plate not checked; sole plates on sloping surfaces, canopies, over services
  • Hazards in bracing: weak-in-line joints by using spigot pins; poor tightening of sleeve couplers; poor attachment of lifts to bracing systems; bracing not acrossed ground level to top level scaffold; bracing not in two directions; vertical and horizontal forces not related to forces in braces
  • Hazards with sway transoms considered as a tie: spacing of ties; box ties and lip ties; tie patterns; abnormal facades
  • Hazards with inside boards, guard rails and toe boards: bay windows and recess covering; not fixed at the ends of scaffold; around ladders; lapped boards
  • Hazards with ladders: mid span support to ladders; ladders at the end of platforms; ladders resting on the projecting ends of the scaffold boards forming the platform; length, angle, top not securely tied; the use of wedges under legs; no projection at the top; obstruction to foothold
  • Hazards with prefabricated beams: safe working loads not observed; not observing specified close spacing requirements; upside down beams; loose knee brace; inadequate rolling over provision; unsymmetrical beams used wrongly as cantilever beams
  • Hazards with pavement frames: overloading long, un-braced bottom standards; placing all joints in the standards at the same level; longitudinal instability; not providing an equivalent number of bottom standards to the upper standards; not adequate traffic fenders; lack of ties;
  • Hazards with gin wheels and pulleys: pulling at wide angles
  • Hazards with height to base ratio of towers: resultant forces of combined weight and wind forces
  • Hazards with tower-and bridge scaffolds
  • Hazards by cantilever scaffolds:
  • Hazards with truss-out scaffolds: slab end bearing loads; inadequate couplers; inadequate ties
  • Hazards with scaffolding slung on tubes: safeguard of the check couplers
  • Hazards with suspended scaffolds: inadequate counterweighting

The following are the suggested pre-requisites and/or entry requirements needed:

Entry Requirements;


  • Successfully completed Scaffolding and Access Part One
  • A medical certificate showing that applicant is in good health should be attached to the application form.  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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