Basic Scaffold Inspection


ESS Certificate

Course duration

1 Day

Certificate valid for

3 years

This basic Scaffold Inspection course is for all personnel required to inspect scaffolds suitable for site supervisors, managers and Health and Safety Advisors of whom may have a responsibility for carrying out basic scaffold inspections on site.

Basic Scaffold Inspection Course Overview

This course will give learners the awareness of legislative requirements, the knowledge of components of a scaffold, the purpose they serve in ensuring its stability and the requirements of a scaffold inspection. Ultimately it is the employer's responsibility to determine the competency of an individual to carry out a scaffold inspection dependant on their training and experience in relation to the type and complexity of the scaffold.

Basic Scaffold Inspection Course Content

Overview of current relevant legislation, standards, industry best practice

  • Scaffold components and structures
  • Requirements of NASC guidance SG4:15 and TG20:21
  • Access and egress (working at height hierarchy)
  • NASC e-guide and associated compliance sheets
  • Ratings of independent components
  • Inspection techniques - what to look for, typical problems
  • Miscellaneous issues e.g. hoists etc
  • Practical Scaffold Inspection or equivalent visual inspection
  • Additional items for example hoists, rubbish chutes, gin wheels, fans


By the end of the training course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the requirements of the relevant legislation including; BS EN 12811 part 1, TG20:21,  SG4:15 and HSE recommendations for inspecting scaffold systems.
  • Identify the safe working loads for working platforms.
  • Differentiate between various scaffold systems and for what purpose they should be used.
  • Adopt a safe working practice for the use of ladders for access and egress.
  • Appreciate the safe erection, alteration and dismantling procedures as laid out in SG4:15.
  • Carry out statutory inspections of all types of basic scaffolds and mobile towers.

Learner Numbers

In order to ensure the interaction between the learners and the tutor is spread evenly and effectively, the maximum number of learners allowed on a course is twelve.

NEW for April - Remote Video Learning

We can now deliver this through interactive Video Learning, for those working remotely that wish to achieve their Basic Scaffold Inspection qualification. Please contact us on 0115 8970 529 or email [email protected] for more information.

Delegates will be assessed by their input to group exercises as well as a practical inspection assessment.

Successful learners will be awarded an Essential Site Skills Scaffold Inspection certificate valid for 3 years.

Additional Info

A 1 or 2-day course option is available. Our 2-day course option has the same course criteria however learners will go into greater detail and have further time to consolidate their knowledge and practical inspection capability.

Delegates should provide their own personal protective clothing in a clean and working order, which includes safety helmets, protective gloves, hi vis and safety footwear.

For training held at your own location, please ensure that the classroom you make available has a 240v power supply and is a suitable size for the number of delegates attending. Please ensure that the practical area has been risk assessed, is free from harm and is suitable for training. A suitable scaffold and aluminium tower should also be available for the practical exercises.

CISRS Basic and Advanced course options are also available for those learners looking to acquire a CISRS card.