CPCCLSF2001 - Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level

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Unit code: CPCCLSF2001 | Study level: TAFE


This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to safely perform basic scaffolding work.
Scaffolding work involves erecting, altering or dismantling a temporary structure to support a platform from which a person or object could fall more than four metres.
This unit applies to scaffolding work involving:

modular or pre-fabricated scaffolds

cantilevered materials hoists with a maximum working load of 500 kg


gin wheels

safety nets and static lines

bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork).Scaffolding work is undertaken in construction and other industries where temporary structures are erected, altered and dismantled.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.

Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:
*a modular scaffold of a minimum of three bays with a return (tied in), ladder and stair access, bay extension platform (hop-up brackets) incorporating a safety screen and a platform height of more than 4 m
*a bracket scaffold (including tank, formwork and top-plate hung bracket)
*a mobile scaffold of above 4 m height
*a gin wheel
*a cantilever materials hoist with a maximum working load of 500 kg
*a safety net and static line.

The candidate must use the following bends, hitches and splices:
*short splice
*sheet bend
*clove hitch
*timber hitch.

The candidate must:
*check relevant workplace information, including safe work method statements (SWMSs), and equipment service and maintenance records and checklists
*perform all activities in compliance with workplace-specific, safe work and manufacturer requirements, including the completion of any required handover certificates and scaffold tags
*identify hazards and use appropriate risk controls and safety measures and equipment
*use the following associated gear and stability equipment:

  • flexible steel wire rope (FSWR) and fittings
  • ladders
  • tie tubes and fittings
  • fibre rope
  • stairways and screening
  • tape measures
  • scaffold belts
  • hand tools
  • sole plates and boards
  • screw jacks
  • levels
  • props
  • bracing.

Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:
*safe work requirements for scaffolding under Australian Standards, and Commonwealth and state or territory WHS legislation, regulations and codes of practice, and local government regulations
*workplace information, including legislative requirements, covered by:

  • SWMSs
  • permits and certifications
    *information about equipment:
  • service and maintenance checklists and records
  • manufacturer and supplier specifications and manuals
    *workplace procedures, including emergency plans and incident reporting
    *hazard identification and mitigation strategies, including the hierarchy of control:
  • elimination
  • substitution
  • isolation
  • engineering controls
  • administrative controls
  • use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
    *hazards commonly encountered in scaffolding activities:
  • instability of work areas
  • damaged or poor-quality equipment
  • overhead and underground hazards
  • electrical items
  • mobile plant
  • insufficient lighting
  • wind and other adverse weather conditions
  • traffic
  • pedestrian traffic
  • hazardous manual tasks
  • falling objects
  • falls from heights
    *minimum clearance distance for scaffolding work from powerlines and electrical equipment as determined by the relevant state or territory authority or electrical supply authority
    *risk controls and equipment:
  • establishment of safe and adequate access and egress
  • adequate illumination
  • traffic barricades and control
  • pedestrian barricades
  • safety harness
  • energy absorber
  • lanyard
  • inertia reel
  • hard hat
  • safety boots
  • gloves
  • high-visibility clothing
  • breathing, hearing, sight, skin and sun protection
    *application, limitation, operation, load capabilities and safety requirements of:
  • modular and prefabricated scaffolds
  • cantilevered materials hoists with a maximum working load of 500 kg
  • ropes
  • gin wheels
  • safety nets and static lines
  • bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork)
    *dimensions of scaffold, maximum capacities and types of loads:
  • static loads
  • live loads
  • dead loads
  • dynamic loads
  • load capacities and minimum dimensions for light duty, medium duty, heavy duty and special duty scaffolds
  • engineering and supplier specifications
    *mathematical processes for estimating and measuring loads for scaffolds
    *types and functions of associated equipment, including selection, inspection, care, handling, application, storage and limitations of:
  • scaffolding components and equipment
  • FSWR and fittings
  • ladders
  • tie tubes and fittings
  • fibre rope
  • stairways and screening
  • box spanners
  • spirit levels
  • tape measures
  • scaffold belts
  • podgers
  • hammers
  • wire nips
  • wrenches
  • torpedo levels
  • spanners
  • cutters
  • hammer drills
  • materials hoists
  • gin wheels
  • safety nets
  • static lines and fittings
    *stability equipment and processes:
  • sole plates and boards
  • screw jacks
  • levelling
  • ties
  • bracing and propping
    *relevant persons:
  • other scaffolders
  • supervisors
    *ground and foundation suitability:
  • ground bearing pressure
  • rough and uneven ground
  • backfilled ground
  • soft soils
  • hard compacted soil
  • rock
  • bitumen
  • concrete
    *scaffolding erection, alteration and dismantling techniques
    *workplace policies and procedures for scaffolding:
    *erecting, altering and dismantling scaffolds
    *erecting and stabilising cantilever hoists and scaffolds
    *manufacturer requirements for scaffolding
    *working safely at heights
    *setting up fall prevention and fall arrest systems, including safety nets
    *understanding structural charts and structural plans.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

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