Unit of competency details

CPCCCA3001A - Carry out general demolition of minor building structures (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CPCCCA3001 - Carry out general demolition of minor building structuresSupersedes and equivalent to CPCCCA3001A Carry out general demolition of minor building structures. 16/Jan/2019

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 19/May/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

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CPC31611 - Certificate III in PavingCertificate III in PavingDeleted1-3 
CPC31711 - Certificate III in Low Rise Structural FramingCertificate III in Low Rise Structural FramingDeleted
CPC31811 - Certificate III in ShopfittingCertificate III in ShopfittingSuperseded
CPC31812 - Certificate III in ShopfittingCertificate III in ShopfittingSuperseded
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040301 Building Science And Technology  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040301 Building Science And Technology  25/Jun/2009 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out general demolition work of minor building structures to facilitate alterations, extensions and additions to a building. It includes work being completed to a work schedule, plans and specifications.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit of competency supports achievement of skills to safely demolish existing construction work and safely dispose of the waste materials, which includes working with others and as a member of a team.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 

CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan and prepare.

1.1. Work instructions, including plans, specifications, quality requirements and operational details, are obtained, confirmed and applied from relevant information  for planning and preparation .

1.2. Safety  (OHS ) requirements are followed in accordance with safety plans and policies.

1.3. Signage and barricade requirements are identified and implemented.

1.4. Plant, tools and equipment  selected to carry out tasks are consistent with job requirements, checked for serviceability, and any faults are rectified or reported prior to commencement.

1.5. Material quantity requirements are calculated in accordance with plans, specifications and quality requirements .

1.6. Materials  appropriate to the work application are identified, obtained, prepared, safely handled and located ready for use.

1.7. Environmental requirements  are identified for the project in accordance with environmental plans and statutory and regulatory authority  obligations, and are applied.

2. Demolish minor building structures.

2.1. Designated demolition area of minor building structure  is assessed to determine scope of work in accordance with legislation, regulations and codes of practice and type of construction system .

2.2. Risks  are identified and managed, including determining the status of existing services .

2.3. Preparatory work is completed.

2.4. Demolition procedures are carried out consistent with safe and effective processes of dismantling or demolishing and removing materials from location to designated storage area.

2.5. Materials and building component parts are safely and effectively handled using appropriate material handling techniques consistent with the type of building materials and components.

2.6. Materials and components identified for salvaging  are safely and effectively handled, stored and stacked ready for transport in accordance with OHS material handling practices and techniques.

3. Clean up.

3.1. Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled in accordance with legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job specification.

3.2. Plant, tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and standard work practices.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

Required skills for this unit are:

  • communication skills to:
  • determine requirements
  • enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements, share information, listen and understand
  • follow instructions
  • read and interpret:
  • documentation from a variety of sources
  • plans, specifications and drawings
  • report faults
  • use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
  • use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals
  • numeracy skills to apply measurements and make calculations
  • organisational skills, including the ability to plan and set out work
  • planning and organisational skills to ensure coordinated development of sketches and drawings
  • teamwork skills to work with others to action tasks and relate to people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
  • technological skills to:
  • use a range of mobile technology, such as two-way radio and mobile phones
  • voice and hand signals to access and understand site-specific instructions.

Required knowledge 

Required knowledge for this unit is:

  • construction terminology
  • demolition and building materials
  • demolition operations and techniques
  • framing and roofing
  • hazardous substances, including lead, fibreglass and asbestos
  • job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements
  • material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • materials storage and environmentally friendly waste management
  • plans, specifications and drawings
  • plant, tools and equipment types, characteristics, uses and limitation
  • processes for the calculation of material removal
  • safe use of scaffolding
  • workplace and equipment safety requirements.

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate construction workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:

  • locate, interpret and apply relevant information, standards and specifications
  • comply with site safety plan, OHS regulations and state and territory legislation applicable to workplace operations
  • comply with organisational policies and procedures, including quality requirements
  • safely and effectively use tools, plant and equipment
  • communicate and work effectively and safely with others
  • produce the plan for and complete the demolition of a section of a standard house to accommodate an extension, including removal of an external load bearing wall to form an opening of no less than 3 metres wide.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

This competency is to be assessed using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context.

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards' requirements.

Resource implications for assessment include:

  • an induction procedure and requirement
  • realistic tasks or simulated tasks covering the mandatory task requirements
  • relevant specifications and work instructions
  • tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices
  • support materials appropriate to activity
  • workplace instructions relating to safe work practices and addressing hazards and emergencies
  • material safety data sheets
  • research resources, including industry related systems information.

Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.

Method of assessment 

Assessment methods must:

  • satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package
  • include direct observation of tasks in real or simulated work conditions, with questioning to confirm the ability to consistently identify and correctly interpret the essential underpinning knowledge required for practical application
  • reinforce the integration of employability skills with workplace tasks and job roles
  • confirm that competency is verified and able to be transferred to other circumstances and environments.

Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:

  • competency will need to be demonstrated over a period of time reflecting the scope of the role and the practical requirements of the workplace
  • where the assessment is part of a structured learning experience the evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time and separated by further learning and practice, with a decision on competency only taken at the point when the assessor has complete confidence in the person's demonstrated ability and applied knowledge
  • all assessment that is part of a structured learning experience must include a combination of direct, indirect and supplementary evidence.

Assessment processes and techniques should as far as is practical take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.

Supplementary evidence of competency may be obtained from relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Information  includes:

  • diagrams or sketches
  • instructions issued by authorised organisational or external personnel
  • manufacturer specifications and instructions where specified
  • memos
  • MSDS
  • organisation work specifications and requirements
  • plans and specifications
  • regulatory and legislative requirements pertaining to carrying out general demolition of minor building structures
  • relevant Australian standards
  • safe work procedures related to carrying out general demolition of minor building structures
  • signage
  • verbal or written and graphical instructions
  • work bulletins
  • work schedules.

Planning and preparation  include:

  • work site inspection
  • equipment defect identification
  • assessment of conditions and hazards
  • determination of work requirements.

Safety  (OHS ) is to be in accordance with state or territory legislation, regulations, codes of practice, organisational safety policies and procedures, and project safety plan and may include:

  • emergency procedures, including emergency shutdown and stopping, extinguishing fires, organisational first aid requirements and evacuation
  • handling of materials
  • hazard control
  • hazardous materials and substances
  • safe operating procedures, including the conduct of operational risk assessment and treatments associated with:
  • traffic control
  • work site visitors and the public
  • working at heights
  • working in proximity to others
  • organisational first aid
  • personal protective clothing and equipment prescribed under legislation, regulations and workplace policies and practices
  • use of firefighting equipment
  • use of tools and equipment
  • workplace environment and safety.

Tools and equipment  include:

  • air compressors
  • allen keys
  • angle grinders
  • brooms
  • chisels
  • crow bars
  • elevated work platforms
  • hack saws
  • hammers
  • hand saws
  • ladders
  • picks
  • pincers
  • pinch bars
  • pliers
  • pneumatic and electric tools
  • power leads
  • power saws
  • props
  • saw stools and planks
  • scaffolding
  • shovels
  • sledge hammers
  • spanners
  • water hoses and spray attachments
  • wheelbarrows.

Quality requirements  include relevant regulations, including:

  • Australian standards
  • internal company quality policy and standards
  • manufacturer specifications, where specified
  • workplace operations and procedures.

Materials  include:

  • bonded asbestos
  • brickwork
  • concrete
  • glass
  • metal
  • reconstituted timber products
  • tiles
  • timber.

Environmental requirements  include:

  • clean-up protection
  • noise and dust
  • vibration
  • waste management.

Statutory and regulatory authorities  include:

  • federal, state and local authorities administering applicable Acts, regulations and codes of practice.

Minor building structure  includes:

  • detached carports
  • external sections of buildings (walls, cladding, attached carports, decks and roofs)
  • internal sections of buildings (walling, lining, built in components and wet area)
  • pergolas and patios
  • retaining walls and fences
  • small concrete structures (slabs, pads, paths and edge strips)
  • small ground level buildings.

Type of construction system  includes:

  • blockwork
  • brickwork
  • concrete
  • metal framing
  • timber framing.

Risks  include those relating to:

  • areas below floors
  • identification, relocation or disconnection of services
  • loads supported by walls
  • security and public health and safety
  • weatherproofing of the structure.

Existing services  include:

  • electricity
  • gas
  • telephone and other communications
  • water.

Preparatory work  includes:

  • acquisition and application of equipment, such as props
  • avoidance of built-up demolished material
  • engineering requirements
  • fall protection
  • hazardous materials removed separately
  • isolation of site
  • permits
  • removal of combustible material
  • safe work method statement
  • specialist trades
  • spraying water
  • traffic control
  • use of dust suppression blanket.

Salvaging  includes:

  • reusing, recycling or selling removed materials.

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