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Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand Inc. (SARNZ)

To truly achieve its objectives, SARNZ needs the support of people and companies whose business is scaffolding, access and rigging. Find out more




SARNZ issues Certificates of Competence (CoC) for Scaffolding in accordance with the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995.  To find out how the qualifications relate to certificates of competence click here.

Applying for a New CoC or Renewing an Existing CoC

To apply for a new COC or to renew an existing one, download an application form by clicking here.   Complete the application form including the attestation letter signed by your employer and email them with a passport-sized photo in jpg format to

Lost your card?

Please email us at with your name and address and we will email you an invoice for $20. When we have received payment, we will post you a replacement card.

Applying for a Restricted CoC

If you are an experienced scaffolder with an overseas scaffolding qualification working in NZ on a fixed term visa, you can apply for a Restricted Certificate of Competence click here. To view the Assessment Booklet click here.

Click here to  compare overseas qualifications to the New Zealand Certificate of Competence.

New Zealand Residents with Overseas Qualifications

New Zealand Residents must achieve the National Certificate in Scaffolding as a prerequisite to being issued a CoC.  Experienced scaffolders holding overseas qualifications can enrol in a blended assessment process offered by Tai Poutini Polytechnic which recognises the skills and knowledge they have already and provides additional training as required to achieve the National Certificate in Scaffolding.  This process includes an initial assessment which can enable the applicant to gain a Restricted CoC for 12 months while they complete the process to achieve their National Certificate.  To find out more information please contact Tai Poutini Polytechnic on 0800 800 411.


There are a number of nationally recognised New Zealand qualifications in the scaffolding, access & rigging industry.

SARNZ is privileged to have three members who are NZQA Accredited Training Providers to the industry. AMS Group, Tai Poutini Polytechnic and Vertical Horizonz offer a variety of training options which combine block courses and on-the-job training so students can earn as they learn.

Tai Poutini

Contact Tai Poutini for an application and study options in scaffolding, rigging and rope access. For an information pack phone 0800 800 411 or go to:

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To find out about training in scaffolding and rope access please get in touch with Vertical Horizonz on 0800 72 33 848 or go to


For information on training in the scaffolding industry, please contact AMS Group on 0800 267 476 or go to

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