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Carpenter/ Scaffolding


Industrial scaffolding is a high-skill, high-wage, high-demand profession. During industrial turnarounds, shutdowns, and outages, scaffold builders are the first to enter a project and the last to leave. Average wages for an entry-level scaffold builder range anywhere from $14 to $17 per hour, with work schedules ranging from 5 to 7 days a week, 8-10 hours per day, making industrial
scaffolding a lucrative career option for many.

Basic Access, Industrial Scaffolding (BAIS)
Training for an entry-level helper. This course condenses 6-7 months of on-the-job-training into 2 weeks. Trainees are an immediate asset in the field upon graduation from the course. Students receive training on professionalism, time management, fall protection, scaffold safety, proper tie-off, material inspection and learn how to erect and dismantle 4 different types of system scaffold.

BAIS Assessment Only
Students who have not taken the BAIS course, but qualify for the Carpenter class can gain certification through an assessment only process. This assessment-only process is only 2 days and will be held on the first Wednesday and Thursday of the month. Students who pass the assessment are eligible for the Carpenter class. Students who fail will have to go through the BAIS training course to receive certification.

Scaffold Craftsman —Carpenter
The intent and purpose of this training course are to prepare advanced level scaffold helpers to become scaffold carpenters. The training will cover all aspects of the required skills of a carpenter from basic supervisory skills to hands-on building skills. Students are trained to erect and demo a 7x7x20’ scaffold with a knee-out and break deck. Students are trained on Excel Modular Scaffold and one other type of system scaffold.
Students must have the Basic Access, Industrial Scaffolding certification, or gain certification for BAIS through the assessment-only process. Students must also have at least 6 months of experience.

For these trainings you MUST:

  • Wear ANSI approved steel toe footwear
  • Be able to climb all styles of ladders
  • Not have a fear of heights and use fall protection

For the trainings you MUST meet the following physical fitness requirements:

  • Lift/Carry heavy objects throughout the day
  • Lift heavy objects overhead
  • Walk 2-3 miles per day
  • Endure extreme weather conditions
  • Endure extremely noisy environments

Credentials are issued by the Industrial Scaffold Committee after the written and the hands-on assessments are successfully completed.


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Scaffold Craftsman —Advanced Carpenter
Students will receive training on hanging scaffold and circular scaffolds.

Students will be required to have certification in both the prior
courses in order to take this course.