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The 4-Hour Supported Scaffold User & Refresher course is a DOB-approved Site Safety Training (SST) course for NYC construction workers that explains safe work practices for supported scaffold systems.

This 100% online course provides four hours of DOB-approved Site Safety Training that you can apply toward your Full SST card. You'll learn about types of supported scaffolds, common safety hazards and key regulations for supported scaffold use.

About the 4-Hour Supported Scaffold 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 4 hours 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 4-Hour Supported Scaffold?

This DOB-approved SST course is designed for New York City construction workers seeking an SST Worker or Supervisor card under Local Law 196.

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 additional information on SST training requirements, including elective options and which workers are affected, see our guide to Local Law 196.

Course Details

The 4-Hour Supported Scaffold User and Refresher course prepares workers to recognize and avoid a wide range of safety hazards associated with supported scaffold use. You'll learn about the importance of safety controls, fall prevention equipment, inspections and emergency planning.

This training also covers OSHA 1926 regulations and New York City Construction Codes that reduce the risk of supported scaffold accidents.

The course is 100% online and approved by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). It provides four hours of Site Safety Training (SST) credits that NYC construction workers can apply toward their full SST card.

Benefits of 4-Hour Supported Scaffold:

  • Train at your own pace
  • Guaranteed to pass
  • Provides 0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Audio narration
  • Interactive quizzes

The course takes at least four hours 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

This course teaches New York City construction workers the basics of supported scaffold safety and effective ways to prevent accidents and unsafe work conditions.

Upon completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Name the types of supported scaffolds and various safety controls
  • Identify hazards associated with supported scaffolds
  • Explain how OSHA 1926 regulations and NYC Construction Codes help prevent supported scaffold accidents
  • Select appropriate methods for reducing supported scaffold safety hazards
  • Describe how fall risk can be mitigated with fall arrest systems and other types of PPE
  • Explain how scaffold inspections and emergency planning can protect workers from inclement weather hazards and other unsafe work conditions

You can find an outline of all course modules below.

Course Outline

The course is divided into six modules on supported scaffold use and 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: Types of Supported Scaffolds

Topics covered in Module 1 include:

  • Supported scaffold components
  • Scaffold stability

Learning objectives include:

  • Name the different types and uses of supported scaffold systems
  • Identify the components of a supported scaffold system
  • Describe how to stabilize and secure supported scaffold systems during construction

Module 2: Supported Scaffold Hazards

Topics covered in Module 2 include:

  • Common causes of scaffold accidents
  • Case studies

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify the hazards of performing work on a supported scaffold system
  • Explain how scaffold hazards can lead to worker injuries and deaths

Module 3: OSHA CFR 1926 — Supported Scaffolds

Topics covered in Module 3 include:

  • Access and egress
  • OSHA CFR 1926 — Subpart M: Fall Protection

Learning objectives include:

  • List the roles that competent and qualified persons undertake when managing scaffold use on a worksite
  • Name relevant OSHA regulations concerning capacity, access and egress for supported scaffold use on the worksite

Module 4: NYC Codes Overview

Topics covered in Module 4 include:

  • NYC Construction Codes — Protection around the scaffold site
  • Requirements for specific types of supported scaffolds
  • Title 1: Rules of the City of New York — Mast climber scaffolds
  • NYC Department of Buildings overview

Learning objectives include:

  • State NYC Construction Codes and NYC Building Codes that address safe scaffold use
  • Explain how these codes promote safe scaffold use
  • Identify NYC Construction Codes that provide added guidance for certain types of specialized scaffold systems
  • Describe how appropriate documentation aids in promoting safe scaffold use at the worksite

Module 5: Personal Protective Equipment for Scaffolds

Topics covered in Module 5 include:

  • Types of personal protective equipment required for scaffolding work
  • OSHA regulations related to personal protective equipment
  • OSHA requirements for fall arrest system use

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify the personal protective equipment needed to work safely on scaffold systems
  • Describe how OSHA CFR 1926 — Subpart E: Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment governs the use of PPE such as hardhats, work boots, lifelines, safety belts and lanyards.
  • State the requirements for the appropriate use of fall arrest systems as described in OSHA CFR 1926 — Subpart M: Fall Protection

Module 6: Scaffold Inspections and Weather Emergencies

Topics covered in Module 6 include:

  • DOB requirements for supported scaffold inspections
  • Guidelines for scaffold safety during inclement weather

Learning objectives include:

  • Describe the inspection process and requirements for supported scaffolds as defined by the NYC Department of Buildings
  • Identify the steps required by the DOB to secure a supported scaffold site during inclement weather and high winds

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