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What does the SAIA training program offer?
The program courses assist those involved with the use, erection and dismantling of scaffold. Currently, there are three categories of training. Scaffold Hazard Awareness Training is developed for those workers who work on, but do not erect, scaffolds. The Primary Access Training is designed for workers who erect scaffolds that do not exceed the height to base ratio with their jurisdiction. The third type is training for those professional scaffolders who erect all forms of scaffolds in various configurations for others to use.

Scaffold User Hazard Awareness Training
The Scaffold User Hazard Awareness Program is designed to help the scaffold user recognize the hazards on various types of scaffold. It is approximately four hours in length and incorporates a PowerPoint presentation and student interaction that encourages participation. This course is not designed for workers that do any type of scaffold erection and has a three year certification. This class is also available in an Online Format.

 

Scaffold Primary Access Training (PAT)
The Primary Access Training course is intended for workers who erect various scaffold types that do not exceed the height to base ratios (4:1 OSHA, 3:1 California OSHA). The course is divided into a self-study component where students complete chapter review and questions, followed by a one-day classroom session. The one-day session includes a review of the manual, instructor demonstrations, and a practical component erecting and dismantling scaffolding. Students are evaluated by the completion of a written exam. This course has a three year certification.

Scaffold Competent Person Training (CPT)
Competent person training is available in all three major supported scaffold systems: frame scaffolds, systems scaffolds and tube and coupler scaffolds. This program is for scaffold erectors and covers the safety aspects regarding scaffold foundations, scaffold components, regulations, guardrail requirements fall protection, scaffold stabilization and erection and dismantling procedures for scaffolds that exceed the height to base ratio. This course has a three year certification.

Suspended Scaffold Hazard Awareness and Operator Safety Training
This course is designed for employees who perform work while on a suspended scaffold. The curriculum covers the suspended system, the supported system and emphasizes the safety system for those workers operating a suspended scaffold. The course includes hands-on training, basic fall arrest, safe operation of a suspended scaffold and an introduction to suspended scaffold support systems. This course has a three year certification.

Competent Person Training for Suspended Scaffold
An industry standard since 1992, this comprehensive training program explains how to set up, operate and inspect suspended work platforms. The student completing this course will know the basics required to safely use suspended equipment. On-the-job training after this program will allow participants to apply what they have learned and to gain field experience necessary for any professional. The program explains how to set up, operate and inspect suspended work platforms. This course has a three year certification.

Journeyperson Scaffold Program
Scaffolders who continually work in the industry erecting and dismantling scaffolds of various types, regardless of height or configuration, may take one or more of the various Journeyman courses. There are three levels of training within the Journeyman program: Level 1, Level 2 and Specialty Level. This program also requires documented hours worked for each level of proficiency completed. 

Mast Climber Operator Training Program
Through a training alliance with the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), SAIA offers Mast Climber Operator Training. This program is designed for individuals who work from, or operate, mast climber work platforms. This course covers all the safety aspects regarding mast climbers, pre- and post-use checks, regulations, fall protection and general use. The course format includes a combination of presentation, question and answer, practical application and final exam. This course has a five year certification.

Aerial Work Platform Operator Training
This program is designed for individuals who work from, or operate, boom lifts, scissor lifts and/or push-around equipment.  This course covers all the safety aspects regarding AWP’s, pre- and post-use checks, regulations, fall protection and general use.  The course format includes a combination of presentation, question and answer, practical application and final exam. This course has a three year certification.

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