Qualification details

CPC30911 - Certificate III in Scaffolding (Release 3)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
3 (this release)Current 17/Jan/2017
(View details for release 2) Replaced07/Feb/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced19/May/2011

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC30908 - Certificate III in Scaffolding 20/May/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBSMB301 - Investigate micro business opportunitiesInvestigate micro business opportunities Elective
BSBSMB406 - Manage small business financesManage small business finances Elective
CPCCCM1012A - Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industryWork effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Core
CPCCCM1013A - Plan and organise workPlan and organise work Core
CPCCCM1014A - Conduct workplace communicationConduct workplace communication Core
CPCCCM1015A - Carry out measurements and calculationsCarry out measurements and calculations Core
CPCCCM2001A - Read and interpret plans and specificationsRead and interpret plans and specifications Core
CPCCCM2007B - Use explosive power toolsUse explosive power tools N/A
CPCCCM2010B - Work safely at heightsWork safely at heights N/A
CPCCCM3001C - Operate elevated work platformsOperate elevated work platforms N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 821712 Scaffolder 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7913-11 Scaffolder 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Building Trades 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Scaffolder 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 821712 Scaffolder 09/Feb/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7913-11 Scaffolder 09/Feb/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 09/Feb/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 19/May/2011 
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Modification History




Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC30911


Elective units revised resulting in a number of unit identifier changes

Elective imported unit replaced with updated version


Update superseded imported units from elective list with equivalent current unit for:

  • BSBSMB301A to BSBSMB301
  • BSBSMB406A to BSBSMB406
  • RIIOHS302A to RIIWHS302D
  • TLILIC2001A to TLILIC2001

This version released with CPC08 Version 9.3.


This qualification provides a trade outcome in scaffolding operations in the residential and commercial construction industry.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Scaffolder.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:
  • Clear and direct communication
  • Active listening
  • Verbal and non-verbal language
  • Questioning to identify and confirm requirements
  • Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
  • Uses appropriate signalling system
  • Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons
  • Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:
  • Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements
  • Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • Codes and standards
  • Plans, drawings and specifications
  • Schedules
  • Load charts
  • Safety signs and symbols
  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language
  • Records relevant information in log books, site records, hoist books and other standard workplace documentation
  • Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required
  • Reports and records hazards and risks


  • Works as part of a team
  • Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members
  • Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance
  • Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members
  • Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
  • Coordinates and actions tasks
  • Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving 

  • Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects
  • Conducts daily safety check for hoist, including test run
  • Identifies typical faults and problems and takes remedial action and/or reports to supervisor
  • Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Initiative and enterprise 

  • Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate
  • Responds to change and workplace challenges
  • Puts ideas into action
  • Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising 

  • Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures
  • Identifies and manages risks
  • Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment
  • Determines material quantity requirements
  • Prioritises and sequences tasks
  • Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management 

  • Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements
  • Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems
  • Manages own performance to meet workplace standards
  • Seeks support to improve work performance
  • Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


  • Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required
  • Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


  • Uses calculators
  • Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely including mechanical lifting devices
  • Properly starts up, operates and shuts down equipment
  • Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on equipment and machines
  • Performs tool and equipment maintenance as required

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 13 units of competency:
  • 9 core units
  • 4 elective units.

A maximum of one of the four required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units 


Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


Plan and organise work


Conduct workplace communication


Carry out measurements and calculations


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Scaffolding - basic and intermediate field of work  


Safely handle and use scaffolding tools and equipment


Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level


Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level

Elective units 


Investigate micro business opportunities


Manage small business finances


Use explosive power tools


Work safely at heights


Operate elevated work platforms


Operate a truck mounted loading crane


Licence to perform dogging


Operate personnel and materials hoists


Erect and dismantle basic scaffolding


Erect and dismantle intermediate scaffolding


Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment


Implement traffic management plan


Licence to operate a forklift truck

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.

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