Short Term Programs



Career Description

Scaffolders lay out, assemble, erect uses, maintain and dismantle scaffolding including access scaffold, shoring, falsework, bleachers and stages. 

As the construction industry continues to expand, the opportunities for Aboriginal people to be gainfully employed in the trades continue to increase. There is shortage of skilled scaffold workers in the scaffolding trade in Saskatchewan.  

Ability to lift 50 lbs., manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, good eyesight, hearing, physical mobility, work at great heights and, strong communications skills are needed to work in this field.  

Program Description

This program is designed to give students knowledge and experience to improve their employ-ability. Topics covered are safety requirements of construction sites, safe use of tools and equipment, trade terminology and assembly procedures of various types of scaffolding. Safety training will include personal safety, and occupational health and safety regulations and job site safety.

Admission Requirements


Academic Requirements

Minimum Grade 10 with regular Math 10.

Applicants with a lower level may be considered depending on their experience.

NOTE: Some employers may require a grade 12 or equivalent to advance in a management role.


Non-Academic Requirements

Registered with SIIT Career Centre

Able to perform physical work

Able to work at heights. 


Industry Requirements

Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical agility for many jobs.

Delivery Method

Students can expect to attend 30 hours/week of classes.   

30% in class 

70% hands on training

Tuition and Fees

Dependent on location.

Students can expect to pay little to no fees depending on location and circumstances involved in training (sponsors, LFD).


Essential Skills





Scaffold Regulations

Access Scaffolding Basics

Work Ethics


What to Expect

Students in this course will be trained and taught by a union instructor in this field at Prairie Arctic Trades Training Centre located at 3730 Kinnear Place in Saskatoon, SK.  

The Prairie Arctic Trades Training Centre has plenty of parking available to students at no cost. Students can also enjoy a lounge area with free coffee. Bringing a bagged lunch is recommended as fast food restaurants can get expensive, and they require a drive to get to.  

Students can also expect tools, boots, and other relevant PPE to be provided, as well as fall protection training. 

This program can be physically demanding, being in good physical condition is recommended. If you are afraid of heights this may not be the trade for you, or if you want to conquer that, we can help.  

Graduation Requirements

Completion of this program is based on a Pass/Fail system.

Attendance Policy

You must attend class regularly and maintain 90% attendance throughout the program to meet graduation requirements.

Apprenticeship Requirements

To graduate from each level of apprenticeship, an apprentice in this area must successfully complete the required technical training and compile enough on-the-job experience to total at least 1200 hours each year. Total trade time required is 4800 hours and at least 4 years in the trade.  

Career Posibilities

Saskatchewan Wage/Hour (NOC 7611) 

Low  Median 


$15.00  $20.00 


 Graduates will have employment opportunities with both unionized and non-union contractors throughout Saskatchewan. 

Those in this field may have to relocate for periods of time as work in this field comes and goes in certain areas.

International Students

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

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).

Acceptance Policy

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

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