Certificate IV in Demolition

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of project engineers, project managers, demolition supervisors and leading hands responsible for the oversight of a team of demolition workers undertaking specialist demolition work on large public, commercial, industrial or residential buildings, structures and installations, including chemical processing plants which may exceed 15 metres in height.

Occupational titles could include:

Demolition supervisor

Site supervisor (Demolition).

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.


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

15 units of competency:

8 core units

7 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 4 and up to 7 units from the elective units listed below

up to 3 units may be chosen from other Certificate III and 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 BSBWOR402A

Promote team effectiveness

add topic CPCCBC4002A

Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace

add topic CPCCBC4012B

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCBC5018A

Apply structural principles to the construction of medium rise buildings

add topic CPCCDE4001A

Plan and prepare for activities on demolition sites

add topic CPCCDE4002A

Plan and supervise demolition work to minimise environmental and public health and safety impact

add topic CPCCDE4003A

Supervise individual activities on demolition sites

add topic CPCCDE4004A

Finalise demolition activities and supervise property handover

Elective units

add topic CPCCBC4004A

Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects

add topic CPCCBC4008B

Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects

add topic CPCCBC4009B

Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects

add topic CPCCBC4014A

Prepare simple building sketches and drawings

add topic CPCCBC5014A

Conduct asbestos assessment associated with removal

add topic CPCCBC4024A

Resolve business disputes

add topic CPCCBC4025A

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic CPCCBC4051A

Supervise asbestos removal

add topic CPCCBC6014A

Apply structural principles to the construction of large, high rise and complex buildings

add topic CPCCWHS1001

Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

add topic RIICWD503D

Prepare work zone traffic management plan

add topic RIIWHS302D

Implement traffic management plan


    The qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

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 work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures

Participates in ensuring compliance with standards, regulations and policies

Communicates effectively with a range of relevant parties through a range of media

Establishes on-site communication systems

Facilitates site meetings

Articulates complex ideas clearly

Interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant regulatory, legislative, licensing and registration requirements, codes and standards, plans, drawings and specifications, contracts, schedules, site files, development approvals, and organisational policies and procedures

Analyses and evaluates reports and reference materials

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language

Maintains and checks logs, records and documents

Prepares a range of documents, including demolition plans, safe work method statements and reports

Reports and records hazards and risks

Negotiates conflict and dispute resolution

Analyses a range of data, including company and stakeholder resource consumption and waste volumes


Conducts briefings with team members

Coordinates a range of team members and activities

Keeps team informed of work practices, quality requirements and required actions

Relates positively to fellow workers and the management team

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

Seeks expert advice where appropriate

Works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders

Understands various stakeholders’ roles

Supervises and checks others’ work, monitors work processes and ensures safe work practices

Discusses ideas with team members

Problem solving

Assesses structural integrity of residential and commercial low rise buildings during the demolition process

Performs various calculations relating to estimating resource acquisition and costs; measurement of levels, heights and gradients; structural analysis; drawing dimensions; waste management strategies; rated capacity and working load limits; and budgeting and forecasting

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

Identifies and rectifies faults

Responds effectively to hazards, risks and emergencies

Analyses problems and applies appropriate remedial solutions

Resolves business disputes

Deals with customer complaints and disputes

Devises approaches, implements and reflects on environmental and water, energy and resource efficiency management policies and procedures relevant to work site to improve environmental sustainability and shares alternative approaches as required

Initiative and enterprise

Develops compliant solutions to demolition process problems

Identifies risks and hazards

Develops materials recycling, waste management strategies and dispute resolution procedures

Identifies environmental and resource efficiency improvements, applies knowledge about resource use to organisational activities and customer service and develops resource efficiency tools

Monitors sites for signs of undiscovered hazards

Planning and organising

Plans and coordinates various work operations

Prepares project schedules

Participates in effective implementation of organisation’s operational plans

Plans and organises on-site activities and implements procedures associated with demolition work

Identifies and organises resource requirements and obtains supply information

Collects, analyses and organises workplace information and data

Plans and organises site inspections

Organises HAZMAT audits of sites prior to work commencement


Manages own performance to ensure required levels of service standards, work quality and professional competence

Manages work priorities and professional development

Uses feedback to improve own performance

Organises and completes daily work activities


Is open to new ideas and techniques

Seeks feedback on personal performance

Uses information effectively to improve work performance

Learns from colleagues as part of effective teamwork


Operates office equipment

Uses computer equipment and relevant software

Uses cameras

Assesses new and emerging technologies for application to demolition processes

Uses a range of tools and equipment, including technical instruments

Maintains tools and equipment as required

Uses technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing work