Scaffolding Apprenticeship

About This Programme

This is a two-year practical programme with eight modules, developed in consultation with industry.

As part of this programme, Apprentices will engage in on-the-job training with a SOLAS approved employer. Off-the-job training will take place in the classroom.

On completion of the programme, the Apprentice will hold a nationally-recognised QQI Level 5 Certificate in Scaffolding.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this apprenticeship, an applicant must:

  • Be employed by a SOLAS approved Employer
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have a minimum of 3 months’ site experience
  • Have a minimum of grade D in 5 subjects at Junior Certificate, or equivalent, to include Maths and English
  • Have evidence of CEFRL level B2 minimum if English is not a first language
  • Hold a current, valid Safe Pass registration card

Non-EU residents will be subject to a Stamp 4 Working Visa.

If an applicant doesn’t meet the requirements, he/she may still register as an Apprentice with an employer if he/she is over 18 years of age and has at least two years’ relevant work experience in the construction industry. Such applicants may be required to complete a suitability assessment/interview.


Recognition of Prior Learning (Experienced Scaffolders)

  • Must hold a CSCS Basic/Advanced or equivalent card for a minimum of 4 years
  • Complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form
  • Complete an application form
  • Attend an interview
  • Attend a series of dedicated workshops
  • Undertake a Knowledge Test
  • Undertake a Practical Assessment
Why do this course?

Why you should consider doing a Scaffolding

  • Recognised Qualification (Internationally NFQ)
  • Diversity/Range of work (Entertainment/Events, Commercial, Residential, Offshore, Industrial)
  • Work as part of a team
  • Earn as you learn
Programme Content

8 Modules over 2 Years

Year 1 / Stage 1

  • Basic Scaffolding Principles
  • Developing the Scaffolder (Personal and Professional)
  • Industry Skills for Scaffolders
  • Scaffolding Erection and Dismantling

Year 2 / Stage 2

  • Scaffolding Compliance
  • Management and Control of Scaffolding
  • Complex Structures
  • Capstone

This is an excellent opportunity to earn while you learn while gaining valuable industry experience to progress your career opportunities.

Additional Information

Apprentices will also receive training in
the following:

  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Mobile Elevated Work Platforms
  • Mobile Access Tower
  • Harness Inspection

The Employer pays the Apprentice for the duration of the
Apprenticeship. The rate of pay is agreed between the
Employer and the Apprentice.

Off-the-job location – National Construction Training Campus, Mount Lucas, Daingean, Co. Offaly

Employers are required to:

  • Be a SOLAS approved employer
  • Nominate a workplace mentor
  • Release the apprentice for the ‘off-the-job’ phases
  • Pay the apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship