SAIA Committee Week begins March 12

By Lindsey Anderson09 March 2023

The Scaffold & Access Industry (SAIA) will hold its annual Committee Week meeting March 12-16 in Phoenix at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown hotel in the Encanto prefunction space.

Committee Week is the SAIA’s working week-long meeting that’s open to all professionals who are interested in advancing the scaffold and access industry. The meeting focuses on the work of the SAIA councils: their current projects, goals, and objectives; issues facing their respective industry segment; emerging trends; and any new programs, initiatives or activities for the coming year.


Representatives from all major sectors of the scaffold and access industry attend this event, including manufacturers, rental houses, suppliers, distributors, contractors, educators, labor groups, consulting firms, and more. These attendees are builders, CEOs, presidents, managers, safety directors, laborers, attorneys, and engineers – just to name a few – and they share the same passion for the industry as you do!

This yearly event is also one of the best opportunities for industry professionals to converge, face-to-face, in a central location to share expertise, discuss best practices and make decisions about the Association and related topics.

Below, find a breakdown of the schedule along with some training opportunities for attendees.

Schedule of events

Sunday, March 12

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Train the Trainer

This interactive, 8-hour course is a hands-on approach to the improvement of teaching and learning skills. Participants will review basic ideas about training and adult learning skills, check current practices, and practice their presentation skills. Students will be encouraged to try new instructional strategies and techniques within the safe environment of a group setting. In this workshop, attendees will:

  • understand the importance of effective instructional skills,
  • practice a variety of training tools and techniques,
  • recognize the importance of establishing a positive learning environment,
  • use learning objectives to inform students of expectations and intentions,
  • understand the different learning styles of participants, and
  • become familiar with the SAIAU Training Program content.

This workshop develops competence and confidence as an instructor; it is suitable for novice and seasoned instructors alike. This course meets the skills training requirement for new SAIA Accredited Training Institutes instructors.

Monday, March 13

7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Competent Person Training (CPT) for System Scaffold
Action Scaffold - 2229 S. 16th St. (Corner of 16th St. & E. Rariden)
This program is designed for scaffold erectors and covers the following:

  • all the safety aspects regarding system scaffold foundations
  • scaffold components
  • regulations
  • guardrail requirements
  • erection and dismantling procedures that exceed the standard height-to-base ratio

The course format includes a combination of presentation, question-and-answer, hands-on component, and a final exam. Participants who score 70 percent or higher on the written exam and display competency in building system scaffolding will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course and wallet card from the SAIAU Training Program. If your competent person designation is more than three years old, you can re-certify here.

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. SAIAEF Board of Directors Meeting (Members Only)

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Guest Connection Breakfast

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. SAIA Board of Directors Meeting

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Ambassador reception for first time attendees and new members

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome reception

Tuesday, March 14

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Guest Connection Breakfast

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) Council, Speaker: Tony Groat

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Mast Climbing Work Platform (MCWP) Council, Speaker: Brad Kruger

11 a.m. – noon Construction Hoist Council, Speakers: Shanon Beekman, Eric Schmidt

11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Guest Connection Outing

Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Fall Protection Council, Speakers: Micah Turner, Becky Danielson

2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. International Council, Speaker: Sam Reese

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Canadian Council, Speakers: Rick McKinlay, Christopher Jones

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Review and Regulatory Committee Meeting (invitation only.) Speakers: Stephen Smith, James Gordon

Wednesday, March 15

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Guest Connection Breakfast

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Shoring Council, Speakers: Mitchell Meadows, Frank Towse

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Plank and Platform Council, Speaker: Keith Iwasaki

11:30 a.m. – noon Permanent Installation Council, Speakers: Brian Andrews, Lucas J. Oliver

Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Supported Council, Speakers: Wendy Larison, James McNamara, David Johnson

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Suspended Council, Speakers: Harold Gidish, Jim Boudreau

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Accredited Training Institute (ATI) Committee Meeting, Speakers: Shawn MacDonald, Frank O’Malley

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. President’s Reception

Thursday, March 16

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. SSFI Committee Meeting, Speaker: Frank Frietsch

9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. ASC A11 Meeting, Speakers: John Albers, Jeff Jack

*Note: All breakfasts and lunches are included with registration and will be served in the SAIA Cafe.

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