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The 1-Hour Scaffolds — Suspended course is a Site Safety Training (SST) Special Elective that educates NYC construction workers on the safe use of suspended scaffold systems. This awareness-level course explains scaffold construction, safety controls, scaffold inspections, OSHA requirements and more.

About the 1-Hour Scaffolds — Suspended Course

SST Standards

Satisfies Training Standards for:

Site Safety Training (SST) requirements of NYC Local Law 196

Accessibility Features

Accessibility Features:

Free audio narration and Live Chat support


Approved by:

New York City Department of Buildings (DOB)

Online Course


100% online course

Instant Cert


Instant digital certificate for 1 Special Elective hour of Site Safety Training

NYC Workers

Designed for:

NYC construction and demolition workers who need an SST Worker card or SST Supervisor card

Who Should Take 1-Hour Scaffolds — Suspended?

This SST Special Elective course on suspended scaffolds is designed for New York City construction workers seeking an SST Worker or Supervisor card.

NYC Construction workers who require this training may include:

  • Construction and demolition workers
  • Construction Superintendents
  • Site Safety Coordinators
  • Site Safety Managers
  • Competent Persons
  • Journeypersons and forepersons
  • Other workers at jobsites that require a Site Safety Plan

For more information on SST requirements, including a list of affected workers and important training deadlines, see our guide to Local Law 196.

Course Details

The 1-Hour Scaffolds — Suspended course describes various types of suspended scaffolds and explains safety controls that protect workers from falls and other common injuries. You'll learn how to recognize and avoid a wide range of scaffold hazards, including stability issues, defective rigging equipment, dangerous weather conditions and more.

This course is 100% online and approved by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). It provides one hour of Site Safety Training (SST) Special Elective credit that NYC construction workers can apply toward their full SST card.

Benefits of 1-Hour Scaffolds — Suspended

  • Train at your own pace
  • Guaranteed to pass
  • Provides 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Audio narration
  • Interactive quizzes

The course takes at least one hour to complete. You must take a five-question quiz at the end of each module and pass a 20-question comprehensive final exam. The exam and all quizzes are multiple choice, and you have an unlimited number of attempts to pass. You must complete the final exam in one sitting.

You are required to score at least 80% on each quiz and at least 70% on the final exam to receive SST course credit. Once you pass each course module quiz and the final exam, you can instantly download a digital Certificate of Completion. You must complete your training within 180 days of purchase.

This course does not provide an SST card. To get your SST card, you need to finish all your required training and provide the course certificates to OSHA Education Center or another DOB-approved Site Safety Training provider.

» Learn more about DOB course requirements for SST cards

NYC Site Safety Training courses give you the opportunity to earn IACET CEUs through our parent company Certus. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Certus offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.

» See our IACET accreditation

Learning Objectives

The primary goal of this course is to teach New York City construction workers how to avoid injuries while working on and around supported scaffolds. Students will become generally aware of suspended scaffold hazards and learn the basics of scaffolding rigging.

This training also provides an overview of suspended scaffold systems with outrigger beams — the most common scaffolds used in New York City — and a variety of other types of scaffolds. In addition, you'll learn about scaffold safety regulations and common rope knots used in scaffold construction.

Upon completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the types of suspended scaffolds and common safety controls
  • Name the hazards associated with suspended scaffolds
  • List administrative safety requirements associated with suspended scaffolds

You can find an outline of all course modules below.

Course Outline

The course is divided into four modules related to suspended scaffold safety. Each module ends with a brief quiz, and you must complete a final exam to receive your SST training credit.


The course introduction provides a brief overview of the course, including key learning objectives and facts about Site Safety Training.

Module 1: Suspended Scaffolds at the Worksite

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • Types of suspended scaffold systems
  • Major safety controls of suspended scaffolds with outrigger beams

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe the different types and uses of suspended scaffold systems
  • Name common components of safety controls for suspended scaffolds with outrigger beams
  • State how safety controls can maximize worker protection

Module 2: The Science and Hazard Risk of Suspended Scaffolds

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • The science of scaffold rigging
  • Hazards of suspended scaffold systems
  • Suspended scaffold damage

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe the science behind scaffold rigging with respect to counterweights, forces and environmental factors
  • Name the hazards present during the use of suspended scaffolds
  • Identify damaged suspended scaffold components

Module 3: Suspended Scaffold Design and Inspection

Topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • Design and erection of suspended scaffolds
  • Rigging and hoisting roles and responsibilities
  • Suspended scaffold inspection process

Learning objectives include:

  • List administrative functions required in the design and erection phase of building suspended scaffolds
  • Name the roles that various scaffold construction professionals undertake while using scaffolds
  • Describe the inspection process for suspended scaffolds and rigging equipment

Module 4: Rope Knots Demonstration and Scaffold Safety Resources

Topics covered in Module 4 include:

  • Rope knots demonstration
  • Resources for scaffold safety management

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe common rope knots used in suspended scaffold erection
  • List OSHA and ANSI/ASME resources that address workers' rights to a safe workplace

The course ends with an exam that assesses the student's comprehension and understanding of all course and module objectives.