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Scaffolding for the Competent Person

eTraining’s comprehensive Scaffolding for the Competent Person Course is a 5 hour course that covers all of the important training that a competent person in this potentially dangerous area of work needs to have.

In 2010 alone, OSHA reported 7,069 scaffolding violations in job sites across America with 37 workers dying in scaffold related incidents.  This makes Scaffolding the second-most cited violation behind Fall Protection, and shows the need for proper safety training in this area of work.

A competent person is a necessity on every job site and is some one who has sufficient experience and/or knowledge to recognize scaffold hazards, correct unsafe conditions, and who has the ability to shut down the worksite until any hazards are corrected. The competent person should be the most knowledgeable person, in this case about scaffold safety, on site.

eTraining’s Scaffolding for the Competent Person course ensures that a student will receive all of the proper training pursuant to OSHAs requirement of Competent Persons for this standard 29 CFR 1926.451.  This course will go beyond the basic awareness level of introductory courses and into details necessary when learning not just how to protect yourself, but what it takes to create a safe working environment for those you may be responsible for.  If your needs to not require a full, competent person level course, we also offer an awareness level Scaffold Safety course.

If your needs do not require a full, competent person level course, we also offer an awareness level Scaffold Safety course.

Course Components

We have developed an extensive course that, in addition to the topics listed below, include OSHAs five most serious scaffold hazards: falling objects, falls, unsafe access, scaffold collapse, and electrocutions. The course is made up of 6 main units covering a variety of topics and is self-paced, fully narrated, and contains interactive exercises, video, and knowledge check quizzes along the way.

Instructor Access

In addition to this, the student will also have access to a course instructor via email.  Any question a student has about the material covered throughout the course can be emailed directly to questions@etraintoday.com and an instructor response is guaranteed within 24 hours.

Downloadable Material

As part of the training, the student will also have access to a downloadable, written Scaffolding Safety Program that provides for a uniform, consistent application of policies and procedures for a company, a site-specific Scaffolding Plan for individual job-sites, and a Competent Person Inspection Checklist as well.

Course Details

This fully narrated course is broken up into 6 units, with knowledge check quizzes sprinkled throughout. The quizzes will prepare you for the final, which you will take at the end of the course.

After passing the final with a score of 70% or better, you will be able to print a personalized certificate with your name, the course you passed, the date taken, certificate number, as well as our company information should anyone need to verify the authenticity of the certificate.

This course is packed with photos, video, interactivity, and a wealth of valuable information.  It is approximately 4-5 hours in length.

Topics Covered Include

  • Competent Person Responsibilities
  • Hazard Recognition/Control
  • Definitions
  • Scaffold Types
  • Scaffold Requirements
  • Safe Practice Usage
  • Fall Protection
  • Training
  • Inspections
  • Emergency Response/Rescue

Why etraintoday.com?



A well-designed and thought out course increases student engagement and retention. The quality of the content and delivery of our online training is second to none.



The owners of etraintoday.com have over 25 years of experience delivering high caliber training in the safety field, certifying many thousands of students.


Ease of Use

You don’t have to be a computer whiz to take our training! We’ve made enrollment and course access as easy as possible, so that you can quickly get to what’s important – the training


Customer Service

It is important to us that our customers get any questions or issues answered quickly. We guarantee that our staff will be accessible and responsive, whether by phone or email.



Combining the accessibility of online training with the self-paced nature of our courses, and the ability to deliver them on almost any device, offers the ultimate in training convenience.



When you consider the quality and delivery options available in our courses, along with their competitive pricing, we think you’ll find our training offers excellent value.

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