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Demolition plant operation apprenticeship course

Duration: 2 years
Structure: 12 weeks training plus on-the-job experience 
Location: NCC Norfolk and your workplace
: See How to apply below
Funding: See Funding below

This apprenticeship course is for people who want to gain an academic qualification in demolition plant operating, while gaining professional experience.

You'll learn to demolish or dismantle buildings and other structures, plus site clearance after demolition.

Course content

The apprenticeship course includes practical training in:

  • Safety awareness as a demolition specification
  • Introduction to the industry
  • Hand tools
  • Pneumatic tools
  • Safety and maintenance: small plant and tools
  • Oxyacetylene/propane cutting
  • Abrasive wheels
  • Working at height: harnesses
  • Scaffolding: practical and appreciation
  • Fencing and temporary guarding
  • Telescopic handler
  • Confined spaces
  • Slinger/signaller
  • Forward-tipping dumper
  • Mobile elevating working platforms: scissor and boom
  • Dump truck
  • 360˚ hydraulic excavator
  • Skid steer loader
  • Wheeled loading shovel 
  • Attachments.

You’ll also gain competence in:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Communication
  • Employment responsibilities and rights
  • Health and safety
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Appointed person lifting operations.

Teaching and assessment

Year 1:

  • 12 weeks training: a mix of classroom-based theory and practical training
  • Theory and practical assessments.

Year 2:

  • Work-based experience with your employer
  • A site visit to assess you for the NVQ level 2 in Plant Operations. 

Our assessment team will track you on-site for the first category of plant selected by your employer for conversion to the NVQ and the full Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) competent operator card (blue card).

Qualifications you gain

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Plant Operations
  • Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) trained operator card (red card)
  • Level 1 functional skills
  • Employment responsibilities and rights
  • Personal learning and thinking skills.

Entry requirements


No formal requirements, but it’s useful to have GCSE grades A*-C in English, maths and technology.

To help us assess your suitability for the course, you'll need to:

  • complete a skills learning exercise and possibly attend the college for further tests
  • complete a questionnaire and take part in an informal discussion.


  • Good communication skills
  • Physical fitness
  • A head for heights
  • Technical competence.


You will be paid while you learn.


The following CITB grants are available for employers to fund their apprentices on this course:

If you applied for your apprenticeship through the Education and Skills Funding Agency, only applicants aged between 16 and 18 who have not been placed on a training scheme before are guaranteed full funding.

How to apply

Call 0300 456 5037 or email customer.engagement@citb.co.uk for course dates and how to apply. 

After this course

You can be assessed for higher NVQs at the National Construction College. We provide details to all trainees.