Certificate III in Demolition

This qualification provides a trade outcome in demolition operations in the residential and commercial construction industry.

Occupational titles may include:


Demolition contractor.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field of work.

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:

18 units of competency:

12 core units

6 elective units.

A maximum of two of the six required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic CPCCCA3001A

Carry out general demolition of minor building structures

add topic CPCCCM1012A

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

add topic CPCCCM1013A

Plan and organise work

add topic CPCCCM1014A

Conduct workplace communication

add topic CPCCCM2001A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCCM2008A

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

add topic CPCCCM2010A

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Demolition - basic and intermediate field of work

Unit code

Unit title

add topic CPCCDE2011A

Use demolition tools and equipment

add topic CPCCDE2012A

Carry out manual general demolition

add topic CPCCDE3011A

Carry out mechanical general demolition

add topic CPCCSF2003A

Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment

Elective units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic CPCCCA2002A

Use carpentry tools and equipment

add topic CPCCCM1015A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic CPCCCM2007A

Use explosive power tools

add topic CPCCCM3001B

Operate elevated work platforms

add topic CPCCCM3002A

Operate a truck mounted loading crane

add topic CPCCDE3013A

Operate a crushing plant

add topic CPCCDE3014A

Remove non-friable asbestos

add topic CPCCDE3015A

Remove friable asbestos

add topic CPCCDO3011A

Perform dogging

add topic CPCCOHS1001A

Work safely in the construction industry

add topic CPCCRI3001A

Operate personnel and materials hoists

add topic CPCCSC2001A

Safely handle and use scaffolding tools and equipment

add topic CPCCSC2002A

Erect and dismantle basic scaffolding

add topic CPCCSC3001A

Erect and dismantle intermediate scaffolding

add topic BSBSMB301A

Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic BSBSMB406A

Manage small business finances

add topic CPPCMN2001A

Control and direct traffic

add topic FPICOT2204B

Maintain chainsaws

add topic FPICOT2206B

Cross cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

add topic PRMWM15B

Move waste using load shifting equipment

add topic RIIMPO318A

Conduct skid steer loader operations

add topic RIIMPO320A

Conduct civil construction excavator operations

add topic RIIOHS202A

Enter and work in confined spaces

add topic RIIOHS302A

Implement traffic management plan

add topic TLILIC108A

Licence to operate a forklift truck


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Occupational licenses are required nationally.

Refer to Description

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


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 OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)

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 utilises 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 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

Self management

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 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