Project: Demolition

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This project reviews and updates Certificates III and IV in Demolition.



Thankyou to everyone who has provided input into this project. The Case for Endorsement will be considered by the Australian Industry Skills Committee at their meeting on February 25th. A project update will be released upon receipt of the official Communique from that meeting.


Proposed changes

To address work health and safety concerns raised by industry, TLID2003 Handle dangerous goods and TLID1001 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods have been made core units for Certificate III (formerly electives).

Industry consultation identified a need for the inclusion of core construction skills. To address this, a new unit, CPCCDE3027 Read and interpret demolition site plans and drawings, was developed, and CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations was added to the core of Certificate III. 

The current Certificate IV includes CPCCBC6014A Apply structural principles to the construction of large, high rise and complex buildings. Industry stakeholders, however, pointed out that demolition has specific equipment, techniques, planning needs, and safety concerns that are not fully addressed in this unit. Consequently, a new unit has been developed to replace this, CPCCDE4005 Apply structural principles to the planning of the demolition of a structure.

Similar concerns were had with addressing the need, as identified in the Case for Change, for the qualifications to encompass stressed and precast panel structures and waste management. Existing construction units were looked at, but none of these covered the specific requirements of the demolition sector. To fill this gap, new units were created:

  • CPCCDE4006 Demolish stressed panel structure and precast panel structure
  • CPCCDE4007 Manage waste streams

There was industry advice that the Certificate IV should have more of a focus on supervisory skills. To address this, BSBLDR403 Lead team effectiveness was added to the core.

Asbestos was identified as an important issue, and review of relevant units was guided by extensive consultation with advisory and regulatory bodies. Their advice guided the enhancement of these units and ensured that they align with the Code of Practice for the Management and Control and Asbestos in the Workplace.

  • CPCCBC4051A Supervise asbestos removal (new code CPCCDE4008)
  • CPCCDE3014 Remove non-friable asbestos 
  • CPCCDE3015 Remove friable asbestos
  • CPCCBC5014A Conduct asbestos assessment associated with removal (now CPCCDE5001 Conduct air monitoring and clearance inspections for asbestos removal work

Work safely unit

CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry has been added as a core unit.


Last updated: February 2020
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Case for Endorsement - Demolition
Qualifications and Credit Arrangements
Units of Competency
Project Contacts
Contact: Manuel Barragan
Contact: Wendy McLeod