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Become an OSHA-compliant competent person in the construction industry with Competent Person: Scaffolding training. This program provides the knowledge and tools needed to identify, control and correct scaffolding hazards in the workplace.

Managing scaffolding hazards is crucial for preventing accidents that could result in serious injury or death. Our 100% online course satisfies scaffolding safety requirements established by OSHA for construction sites. After successfully completing the course, students can instantly download a Competent Person: Scaffolding certificate of completion.

OSHA Competent Person: Scaffolding Course Details

Training Standards

Satisfies Training Standards for:

29 CFR 1926.32(f)

Industry Workers

Designed for:

Competent Persons in Construction Who Identify, Control and Correct Scaffolding Safety Hazards

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Scaffolding Competent Person Training Benefits

Benefits of our training course include:

  • 100% Online
  • Compliant with 29 CFR 1926.32(f)
  • Instant Course Certificate Download
  • Interactive Hazard Identification Activities
  • Bulk Discounts Available

Who Needs Competent Person Scaffold Training?

Construction sites and other businesses may be required to designate an OSHA-compliant competent person to minimize scaffolding hazards. The competent person has the knowledge and authority to identify, control and correct hazards associated with the construction, use and disassembly of scaffolding structures.

Complete this training course to earn your OSHA competent person designation for scaffolding. When you finish this course, you can instantly download a certificate of completion.

Scaffolding competent person training may be required for:

  • Construction workers
  • Cleanup crews
  • Maintenance workers
  • Bridge and tower crews
  • Utility workers
  • Window installers and cleaners
  • And more

Testing Requirements

OSHA Competent Person: Scaffolding contains several knowledge checks, multiple interactive activities and one final exam.

To pass this course, students must achieve a score of at least 80% on the 50-question final exam. The test is a comprehensive review of all the modules in the course. Students have three attempts to pass the exam. Students must purchase the course and start over after three failed attempts.

During Module 2, students will complete a knowledge check consisting of 10 fictional scenarios to assess knowledge of OSHA regulations for safe scaffolding assembly, use and disassembly.

In Modules 3 and 4, students will explore 10 illustrated interactive scenes. Learners will identify hazards and threats to worker safety before assessing appropriate corrective measures for each situation.

Course Learning Objectives

After completing Competent Person: Scaffolding, students will be able to:

  • Define a competent person and explain their importance in construction safety
  • Explain OSHA standards for scaffolding systems, including regulations and best practices
  • Identify common scaffolding hazards and appropriate corrective measures
  • Outline the skills and abilities needed to be a designated competent person
  • Communicate scaffolding hazards to coworkers, managers and others

Course Outline

Competent Person: Scaffolding includes 3.5 hours of safety instruction that will prepare students to identify and correct workplace hazards involving scaffolding structures. Learn more about competent persons, scaffolding safety awareness and how to take appropriate action using the four modules detailed below.

Module 1: Introduction to Competent Persons and Scaffolding Safety

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • Becoming a competent person
  • The importance of competent persons for scaffolding projects
  • A real-world case study in scaffolding hazards
  • Dangers of being a competent person

Learning objectives include:

  • Understand the role and importance of a competent person in scaffolding safety
  • Explain the dangers associated with scaffolding work and the necessity for a competent person

Module 2: Understanding and Applying OSHA Scaffolding Standards

  • OSHA 1926 Subpart L standards
  • Scaffolding components and requirements
  • Proper scaffolding assembly and disassembly
  • Real-world case studies in scaffolding hazards
  • Practice exercises

Learning objectives include:

  • Gain knowledge of OSHA scaffolding standards and apply them to real-life situations
  • Identify common causes of accidents and injuries in scaffolding work

Module 3: Identifying Hazards in Scaffolding Work

  • Common scaffolding hazards on construction sites
  • Identifying and communicating scaffolding hazards
  • Hazard identification activities: What’s wrong with this picture?

Learning objectives include:

  • Recognize existing and preventable hazards in scaffolding work
  • Understand how to identify unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous conditions related to scaffolding

Module 4: Taking Action

Topics covered in Module 4 include:

  • Taking action and using appropriate authority
  • Hazard identification review: identifying corrective actions
  • Competent person liability

Learning objectives include:

  • Understand the role of a competent person in taking corrective measures to eliminate hazards
  • Learn how to exercise authority responsibly and prevent future issues related to scaffolding safety

Competent Person: Scaffolding Training FAQs

Does this course satisfy OSHA training requirements for a competent person?

Yes. This course is compliant with the definitions of a competent person under 29 CFR 1926.32(f). It addresses scaffolding safety standards and regulations outlined in OSHA 1926 Subpart L.

What is an OSHA competent person?

Under 29 CFR 1926.32(f), a competent person is defined as someone “who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.”

In short, a competent person:

  • Knows and understands safety standards
  • Can identify hazards
  • Is authorized to prevent and correct those hazards

What is scaffold competent person training?

A competent person refers to anyone with appropriate training in any of OSHA’s safety standards. This course deals specifically with OSHA 1926 Subpart L, which covers standards and regulations related to scaffolds.

Our Competent Person: Scaffolding training describes hazards related to scaffolds, the various types of scaffolding systems and their components. The course emphasizes the competent person’s role in assuring that workers use scaffolding systems safely while on the jobsite.

By taking this training course, you will learn how to assess the workplace for potential scaffolding hazards and identify appropriate steps to minimize or eliminate those hazards. As part of this course, you will learn the correct types of scaffolding for the job, proper tie-offs for scaffolding supports and proper hazard training techniques for workers.

Additionally, this course teaches communication and leadership skills. Competent persons must communicate safety requirements and procedures to workers while leading by example to demonstrate safe work practices. Learn how to effectively manage scaffolding hazards in the workplace and promote a culture of safety among workers.

Can I complete competent person training online?

Yes. This course is OSHA compliant and available 100% online. Master lesson material, participate in course activities and take the final exam from any internet-connected device. Download and print your certificate of completion as soon as you pass the exam.

How long does this course take to complete?

Competent Person: Scaffolding training takes approximately 3.5 hours to finish. Students can start and stop training at any time. Progress is saved automatically. After completing all lesson material, students must pass a 50-question final exam.

What do I get at the end of the Competent Person: Scaffolding course?

After you pass the final exam, you will receive a certificate of completion. You can download and print the certificate immediately and print a new copy as often as you like.

OSHA does not certify competent persons. This course prepares students to become a competent person as defined by 29 CFR 1926.32(f). Students who complete the course and earn a certificate of completion are eligible to serve as a competent person for scaffolding hazards on jobsites.

Employers and managers may designate individuals to identify, control and correct hazards related to scaffolds.

How long is Competent Person: Scaffolding training valid?

Your certificate of completion for this course does not expire. It is highly recommended that you refresh your training every three years.

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