How to become a Scaffolder

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The Scaffolding Experts team at RG Scaffolding

How to become a Scaffolder | Birmingham's Best Scaffolding Company 2020

Here at RG Scaffolding, we have put together the best tips on ‘How to become a Scaffolder’ within the Birmingham construction industry. So, for those interested in becoming a Scaffolder – the average salary that you could earn varies on the type of experience you have such as, £14,000 a year if you’re just starting out to £30,000 a year if you’re a Scaffolding Expert.

In the industry, the average Scaffolder could be contracted to 43 to 45 Hours a week between 8am and 6pm every day, plus it also depends on the type of job – some work may require you to work extra hours or travel more since it could be located away from your home.

How to become a Scaffolder

If you’ve recently finished School at 16 you are required to either stay on at Sixth Form or College until the age of 18, therefore, to become a scaffolder in this trade you will need to apply to one of the following:

  • A College Course
  • An Apprenticeship
  • Work Experience
  • Become a Trainee
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2) A College Course, you could do a Level 1 or 2 Certificate in Construction Operations, as this will give you some of the skills and knowledge needed for the job. However, your entry requirements must be met and you’ll usually need:

  • 2 or Fewer GCSE’s at Grades 3 to 1 (D & G), or an equivalent to a Level 1
  • 2 or More GCSE’s at Grades 9 to 3 (A* & D), or an equivalent to a Level 2

For more information, have a look at Birmingham College’s Website.

2) In an Apprenticeship you can train through an experienced Scaffolder within the industry, getting hands on experience for yourself. This will take 18 months to complete and you’ll do on-the-job training and spend time at a College or training provider.

You’ll usually need:

  • Some GCSE’s including English and Maths, or equivalent.

3) If you’re wanting to jump into a new career, then joining a company who are the Scaffolding Experts could be a good option to become a scaffolder. Employers would look for a good general standard of education. GCSEs in maths, English, and design and technology could be useful, although not always essential.

What Skills and Knowledge to I need?

How to hire a Scaffolder in Solihull, Birmingham
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Is the Working Environment for you?

Scaffolding isn’t for everyone we admit, so you need make sure you’re comfortable in your environment. Usually, you will be working on a demolition site, at a client’s business or home, or on a construction site for a new build. This may include working at heights, being dirty, working outdoors in all-weather such as Rain, snow or strong winds.  Also make sure that you have the correct PPE – Hardhat, High Visibility Jacket and goggles.

Career Path and Progression

Here at RG Scaffolding, we want see our employees do well and eventually see you become a Scaffolder and Scaffolding Supervisor, as these are incredibly important for any job to make sure the operation is running smoothly. Setting up your own business is also a win win, because we all need a scaffolding company that can do the job brilliantly.


If you’re interested in working with us, you can email us on

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RG Scaffolding have had a decade full of experience in the construction industry and we can give you experienced and expert advice on any project that you have running or in the works. Contact Scaffolding-Solihull | Birmingham Scaffold Hire today for help and guidance on our scaffold designs and hire.     

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