Basic Access - Industrial Scaffold Builder


Basic Access Industrial Scaffold Builder training allows foundational knowledge to be acquired in a controlled environment.  Graduates are then qualified to meet basic level job descriptions found in most major industrial scaffolding companies.  Typically, this course will be followed with company on the job training to fulfill a career pipeline requirement in one of the major services companies.

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Program Information



An entry-level industrial scaffold builder erects scaffolds within the oil and gas industry and installs the bracing to stabilize frames. The builder is also responsible for loading and unloading tools, materials, and equipment, weighing up to 50 lbs. from trucks and trailers to the worksite. This position may require climbing up to 200 feet or more.
Training Covers:

  • scaffold preparation and material inspection,
  • personal protective equipment utilization,
  • jobsite expectations and customer service,
  • life-saving rules and
  • equipment and materials used by the pros.

Training and Certification is:

  • 80 hours clock hours,
  • taught by industry professionals at an accredited institution,
  • 75% - 80% hands-on activity and
  • recognized by the largest industrial scaffolding employers.

Certification is conducted with a written or computer-based test and a hands-on assessment. It is a two-day evolution in total.

Written Test (70% score required to pass):

  • 50 questions, multiple choice, conducted online at an approved training venue
  • Covers OSHA regulations, industry expectations, materials inspection and basic construct knowledge

Hands-On Demonstration (Pass / Fail):

  • Materials handling and inspection drill
  • Construction of cuplock, ringlock, Excel and Safway material scaffolds
  • Scaffolds are typically 5X5′ with 3-5′ decks and 8-10′ legs
  • Must be able to inspect and sign for your own PPE and fall protection
  • Course LSRs result in a failure of the course


What are the prerequisites?


Entrance requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Students must pass a drug test.
  • Students must wear steel-toed boots to all classes.
  • Students must wear long, work pants to all classes.


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs without assistance.
  • Must be able to walk 2-3 miles.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and stairs.
  • Must be able to manage heights.
  • Must be able to wear protective equipment and tools.
  • Must be able to tolerate outside climate conditions.


Certification Scope


The scope for Basic Access is specific to a newly employed scaffold builder. Therefore, the training and certification does not produce an OSHA defined “competent person” nor teach and evaluate advanced construction techniques. This is a gateway course allows non-experienced or newly hired employees enter the workforce and establish a solid base to career development.

What do I do if I fail the examination?
You can retest at any time, at any approved training venue. Representatives from your training venue can provide feedback to help determine the best remediation plan.

How long is my certification valid?
Basic Access Certification is valid for three years. The certification is then either replaced with a higher certification or expires.

How do I recertify once my certification expires?
Your certification may be replaced by a higher certification prescribed by the Industrial Scaffolding Committee. Otherwise, you register for recertification at an approved training venue and complete a recertification test and hands-on demonstration. The recertification demonstration is less intensive but still tests the same construction competencies. Your certification is considered current if replaced by a higher certification.



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Program Director Andrew Johnson

CE Industrial Technology/Energy

555 Community College Drive, Houston, TX 77013