Recommended for individuals that the employer is desiring to designate as a competent person for frame scaffolds.  The SAIA has an alliance with OSHA and the fact that the employer has sent his Competent Persons through this third-party training carries weight with them. 

Note: no training course in itself makes anyone competent.  Employers still are responsible to ensure that their competent people have the knowledge and abilities to recognize the hazards on their job sites.

Course Outline:

  • The need for training
  • The five most serious scaffold hazards
  • Decking material and loading
  • Stationary scaffold requirements
  • Rolling scaffold requirements
  • Tube and coupler scaffold requirements
  • System scaffold construction
  • Specialty uses of system scaffolds
  • Wall tie placement review
  • Stationary scaffold bracing
  • Cross braces as guardrails
  • Scaffold loads and load chart development
  • Hands on exercise
  • Exam

Students receive a comprehensive workbook with this course.  Classes should be scheduled far enough in advance to give the students time to pre-study the workbook.  This gives the students the maximum opportunity to be prepared with questions and also increases the scores on the 80 question multiple choice exam.

The course begins in the classroom where there is about 4 hours of instruction. After breaking for lunch the class participates in a hands on session which includes the construction of a small stationary scaffold and a rolling scaffold.

The class concludes with an 80 question multiple choice exam which is sent to the SAIA for grad


Class sizes range from 1 to 25 with the optimal size being about 10-15. The time for the course extends with larger classes due to increased discussion time.


Please contact your local Stone Mountain Access representative for a quote.

Students who receive a grade of 70% or better receive a frame ready certificate and a wallet card valid for 3 years.