Certificate III in Demolition

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of specialist demolition workers who dismantle and demolish public, residential, commercial and industrial buildings of all types, and process the resulting materials for salvage, recycling and waste disposal.

Occupational titles could include:

Demolition worker

Demolition plant operator

Demolition leading hand.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Pathways information

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

18 units of competency:

8 core units

10 elective units.

The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and are to be chosen as follows:

a minimum of 8 and up to 10 units from the elective units listed below

up to 2 of the units may be chosen from other Certificate III or Certificate IV qualifications in add topic CPC08 or another current Training Package or accredited course.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of add topic CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units

add topic CPCCCM2001A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCCM2010B

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCDE3016A

Identify hazards on demolition sites and apply risk management strategies

add topic CPCCDE3017A

Select and use hand tools and equipment for demolition tasks

add topic CPCCDE3018A

Select and use small plant and equipment for demolition tasks

add topic CPCCDE3019A

Demolish small buildings and structures using hand tools and small plant and equipment

add topic CPCCDE3020A

Select and use tools and equipment for hot work in the demolition industry

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Elective units

add topic CPCCCM1015A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic CPCCCM2007B

Use explosive power tools

add topic CPCCCM3002A

Operate a truck mounted loading crane

add topic CPCCDE3014A

Remove non-friable asbestos

add topic CPCCDE3015A

Remove friable asbestos

add topic CPCCDE3021A

Operate demolition material crushing plants

add topic CPCCDE3022A

Manage demolition recyclable and waste materials using load shifting equipment

add topic CPCCDE3023A

Operate skid steer loaders at ground level on demolition sites

add topic CPCCDE3024A

Operate mobile plant on suspended floors on demolition sites

add topic CPCCDE3025A

Operate remote-controlled plant on demolition sites

add topic CPCCDE3026A

Operate excavators at ground level to demolish building elements

add topic CPCCLDG3001A

Licence to perform dogging

add topic CPCCLRG3001A

Licence to perform rigging basic level

add topic CPCCLRG3002A

Licence to perform rigging intermediate level

add topic CPCCLSF2001A

Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level

add topic CPCCLSF3001A

Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level

add topic CPCCLSF4001A

Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding advanced level

add topic CPCCRI3001A

Operate personnel and materials hoists

add topic CPCCSC2001A

Safely handle and use scaffolding tools and equipment

add topic CPCCSF2003A

Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment

add topic RIIWHS202D

Enter and work in confined spaces

add topic RIIWHS205D

Control traffic with stop-slow bat

add topic RIIWHS302D

Implement traffic management plan

add topic TLILIC2001

Licence to operate a forklift truck

add topic TLILIC2005

Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 meters or more)


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to demolition work in different States and Territories. Candidates are advised to consult with the relevant regulatory authorities.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:

Clear and direct communication

Active listening

Verbal and non-verbal language

Questioning to identify and confirm requirements

Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons

Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:

Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements

Environmental and WHS requirements, including safe work method statements (SWMS) and safety data sheets (SDS)

Codes and standards

Plans, drawings and specifications


Work orders

Load tables

Safety signs and symbols

Organisational policies and procedures

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language

Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation

Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required

Reports and records hazards and risks


Works as part of a team

Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members

Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance

Identifies and uses the strengths of other team members

Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Coordinates and actions tasks

Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving

Examines plant, tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects

Identifies typical faults and problems and takes remedial action and/or reports to supervisor

Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Initiative and enterprise

Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate

Responds to change and workplace challenges

Puts ideas into action

Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising

Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures

Identifies and manages risks

Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment

Determines material quantity requirements and conformity to requirements

Carries out inspections and checks

Prioritises and sequences tasks

Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements


Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements

Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems

Manages own performance to meet workplace standards

Seeks support to improve work performance

Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required

Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


Uses calculators

Uses and operates a range of plant tools and equipment correctly and safely

Properly starts up, operates and shuts down equipment

Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on equipment and machines

Performs tool and equipment maintenance as required