Basic Scaffold Awareness Appreciation

This course is intended to develop understanding of scaffold components, forms of construction and inspection procedures of basic access scaffolding. It is for those persons responsible for inspecting and checking scaffolds for safe use and for signing certificates and registers in accordance with statutory regulations and Codes of Practice.

Knowledge of scaffolding is desirable but not essential.

Any physical impairment or literacy issues should be discussed during the booking stage to ensure we can best accommodate your needs.

Course Duration
1 day

Maximum Number

Training Aids
Lecture notes and audio/visual presentation.

Multiple Choice Questionnaire

On successful completion of the course candidates will receive a NETA certificate.

Additional Information
Meeting the needs and expectations of service users is of the highest priority to our staff. Therefore if you have any concerns or wish to make a comment about the service please contact:


On completion of the course delegates will be able to:

    • Understand the requirements of the relevant legislation, British Standards Codes of Practice and industry standards

    • Differentiate between various scaffold systems and for what purpose they should be used

    • Understand actions to take upon identifying a fault or hazard

    • How to isolate unsafe scaffolds

    • Understand statutory inspections of basic independent tied and putlog scaffolds


    • General employee responsibilities and legal responsibilities

    • Health and Safety Laws and Regulations including Working At Height 2005 Regulations

    • Approved Codes of Practice

    • Hazards and problems associated with scaffolding and instruction on action to take if faults are identified

    • Product standards, selection and basic inspection (including scaff tags)

    • How to use scaffolding safely - erect, dismantle, storage and maintenance

    • How to conduct a Risk Assessment

    • Preventative and protective control measures including PPE

    • SG4:15 Harness and Lanyard

    • Manual Handling

    • Industry performance standards

    • Basic types of scaffold structures and methods of construction

    • Scaffold terminology

    • Components of a scaffold – tubes, boards, fittings, ladders, gin wheels, ropes and scaffold ties

    • Definitions and terminology

    • Foundations/ground conditions

    • Access and egress

    • Fire prevention

    • Practical session

    • Multiple choice questionnaire

    • Review of course
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