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Apply to be an approved scaffold contractor

You must apply to be an approved scaffold contractor if you want to erect, re-position, alter, maintain, repair or dismantle scaffolds in a workplace (except for tower scaffolds, trestle scaffolds or scaffolds with a height of less than 4 metres).

At a glance

Certificate Competent organisation certificate.
Who can apply Company representative.
How much it costs $150 (inclusive of GST).
Fees are non-refundable, regardless of the outcome of your application.
How long it takes Up to 8 weeks.
Relevant regulations Regulation 5 of the Workplace Safety and Health (Scaffolds) Regulations.
Validity Lifetime, as long as your bizSAFE level 3 and above certification is valid.
Related eServices Registration for WSH Service Providers

Note: Before applying, your organisation needs to authorise staff members to transact on its behalf.

What is an approved scaffold contractor

Any organisation that wants to erect scaffolds (except a tower scaffold, a trestle scaffold or any scaffold with a height of less than 4 metres) must first get written approval to be an approved scaffold contractor (ASC).

An ASC is in charge of the overall operation. It does the following:

  • Carries out the erection, installation, re-positioning, alteration or dismantling of scaffolds.
  • Ensures that there are enough erection and rigging teams who are properly instructed to do the work according to the manufacturer’s procedure.
  • Is responsible for erecting scaffolds that are in good condition and type-tested by a recognised testing body in accordance with a standard or specification acceptable to the Commissioner and that it complies with the WSH (Scaffold) Regulations, and other relevant Regulations and other conditions as may be imposed by the Commissioner as deemed fit.

Who can apply

If you want to be an ASC, you must prove that you have the expertise, knowledge and resources to do the work. You can also apply to be an ASC if you are a factory occupier or main contractor who wants to erect your own scaffolds.

To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Employ a minimum of 2 scaffold supervisors and 5 scaffold erectors. The employees must complete a training course approved by the Commissioner to carry out work with scaffolds. If the supervisors or erectors are foreign workers, they must be direct employees.
  • Be registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).
  • Obtain a bizSAFE Level 3 or above certification; for example, bizSAFE Partners or bizSAFE Mentors.

How to apply

To apply to be an approved scaffold contractor:

  1. Log in to apply.
  2. Upload all supporting documents.
  3. Pay the $150 fee online. Your application will only be processed upon payment.
  4. (Optional) Log in to check your application status.

You will receive an email notification if your application is successful.

Company documents required

You will need to submit PDF copies of the following documents with your application:

  • Copy of the business profile lodged with ACRA. It should be dated within 1 year of scaffold contractor application submission date.
  • Declaration from WSH auditor that the following have been conducted for the erection, alteration and dismantling of metal scaffolds or the rigging and re-positioning of suspended scaffolds:
    • Risk assessment
    • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) or Method Statement
  • Ensure that bizSAFE Certificate (minimum level 3) has minimum validity period of 6 months at time of application.
  • Copy of a risk assessment conducted for the transportation, erection, alteration, maintenance, dismantling and storage of scaffolds.
  • Standard operating procedures (SOP) or method statements for the transportation, erection, alteration, maintenance, dismantling and storage of scaffolds.

Personnel documents required

You will need to submit PDF copies of the following:

For Scaffold Supervisors

  • Company testimony for scaffold supervisor or suspended scaffold supervisor with details of their relevant employment history. Submit a minimum of 2 scaffold supervisors required, each with at least 2 years of relevant practical experience in scaffolding work. You can use the following templates:
  • Training certificates for scaffold supervisor or suspended scaffold supervisor course. Certificates must display NRIC, FIN, Work Permit number or S Pass number.
  • Training certificates for the Work At Height (WAH) course for supervisors. Certificates must display NRIC, FIN, Work Permit number or S Pass number.
  • Copy of NRIC, WP, S Pass or EP.
  • Medical report form for applicants who are 60 years old and above.

For Scaffold Erectors

  • Training certificates for metal scaffold erection course or suspended scaffold rigger course.
  • Copy of NRIC, WP, S Pass or EP.
  • Medical report form for applicants who are 60 years old and above.
Last Updated: 27 October 2016