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Demolition safety awareness

The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with knowledge about the hazards and safety aspects of demolition work, using hand and power tools.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry.


Minimum 3 learning hours

Purpose / scope

The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with knowledge about the hazards and safety aspects of demolition work, using hand and power tools. The scope covers:

  • Main legislation, codes of practice, and/or standards that apply to demolition, including safety
  • Tools and equipment for demolition tasks
  • Hazards, risks, and controls associated with demolition work
  • Work method statement (procedure)
  • Safe work practices
  • Demolition work permit
  • Demolition risk assessment
  • Emergency response procedures and equipment

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:

  • Operative and Craft
  • Supervision
  • Management
  • Leadership

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.

Instruction / supervision

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • A train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate 
  • Successfully completed training to this standard 
  • At least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • A verifiable CV.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • Classroom
  • A blend of classroom and e-learning.


For the successful completion of training, the trainer will be required to make a declaration of the learner’s contribution during the course and that they are confident the learner has understood the content of the course.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the Training Standard.

Approved training organisations will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.

Renewal / refresher

Recommended refreshment: HSE, other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training (that is, to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

17 November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 year(s) from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

  • List the tools and equipment for demolition tasks
  • Use scenarios to describe hazards, risks, and controls associated with demolition work
  • Use scenarios to comply with a work method statement (procedure)
  • Use scenarios to describe safe work practices
  • Use scenarios to complete a demolition work permit
  • Use scenarios to complete a demolition risk assessment
  • Describe emergency response procedures and equipment

Additional information

See also the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) Safety topics for demolition


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