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Program Description

Are you interested in working in the construction industry in the scaffolding trade? If so, SIIT’s Scaffolding program may be your first step.

The Scaffolding program is delivered at various communities across Saskatchewan. The program includes classroom and hands on training.

Graduates of this program can expect to find employment with unionized and non-union contractors throughout Saskatchewan.


Admission Requirements

Minimum Grade 10 with Grade 10 math.

Industry Requirements

Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical agility.

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).


  • Essential Skills
  • Safety
  • Tools
  • Rigging
  • Materials
  • Scaffold Regulations
  • Access Scaffolding Basics
  • Work Ethics

Tuition, Fees, and Funding

Students can expect to pay little to no tuition or fees to participate in this program. Career Centre staff will assess your eligibility for funding when you apply.

What to Expect

Day to Day

Delivery Method
  • In this 6 week program, students can expect:
  • A combination of in-class theory (30%) and hands on practical training (70%). Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
  • No additional independent (homework) learning.
Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate. For Scaffolding program students, an attendance rate of 90% or better is required to graduate.

If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.

Graduation Requirements and Credential

You must maintain 90% attendance to graduate. The assessment method for this course is pass/fail. Graduates will receive a Scaffolding Certificate of Achievement.

Career Opportunities & Salaries

Graduates of this program can expect to find employment with unionized and non-union contractors throughout Saskatchewan. Scaffolders layout, assemble, erect uses, maintain, and dismantle scaffolding including access scaffold, shoring, falsework, bleachers, and stages.

In Saskatchewan, the average annual salary of scaffolders is $52,300.

For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre or your local Labour Development Office.

Apprenticeship Opportunities and Licensing Requirements

For the trade of Scaffolder, to graduate from each level of an apprenticeship program, an apprentice must successfully complete the required technical training and compile enough on-the-job experience to total at least 1500 hours each year. Total trade time required is 6000 hours and at least 4 years in the trade.

Upon completion of their apprenticeship and required industry experience, apprentices may write the Interprovincial Journeyperson Examination and obtain a Red Seal.

In Saskatchewan, workers may pursue apprenticeship in scaffolding, as a subtrade of carpentry.

Support for apprentices is available through SIIT’s Joint Training Committee (JTC). The SIIT Joint Training Committee (JTC) has been building careers in skilled trades since 1998! The JTC supports qualified Indigenous individuals to enter the trades as apprentices, complete trade levels, and become Journeypersons. Indenture Fees are paid by the JTC. Services are available province wide.

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