Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Demolition (Construction)

Ofqual code: 603/2946/4

Total qualification time:

Pathway 1: Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Demolition (Demolition) — 380 hours

Pathway 2: Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Demolition (Plant) — 380 hours

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
  • Removing and segregating components prior to demolition in the workplace
  • Demolishing and dismantling roof and cladding in the workplace
  • Operating demolition plant or machinery to demolish structures above 30 metres in the workplace
  • Inspecting and completing user maintenance on plant or machinery in the workplace

This qualification is for England and Wales. It can be delivered by employers, training providers and colleges.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is aimed at those who are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner's occupational competence as a demolition operative and a demolition plant operative. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to lead the learner to one or more of the following objectives:

  • Supporting a role in the workplace
  • Confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Providing access to a relevant card scheme


This qualification is supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

CSCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in construction. The scheme recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

This qualification has a range of pathways linked to typical job roles that learners will encounter within the industry.

To achieve the whole qualification, for both pathways, learners need a minimum of 38 credits. They must complete four mandatory units and one optional unit from the qualification structure.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • school and college students with a part-time job that enables them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace
  • full-time or part-time study


There are no specific skills, knowledge understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification, however, learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as:

  • demolition operatives
  • demolition plant operatives


Learners may progress from the NVQ Level 2 in Demolition (Construction) to a range of qualifications at Level 3 and above, including Occupational Work Supervision.

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Qualification structure

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Demolition (Demolition)

The qualification requires the learner to complete four mandatory units (credit value 19) and one optional unit (credit value 19).

Group award code: GN71 68 (38 credit points)

Please refer to the qualification structure (112 KB) for more information.


Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Demolition (Plant)

The qualification requires the learner to complete four mandatory units (credit value 18) and one optional unit (credit value 20).

Group award code: GN78 68 (38 credit points)

Please refer to the qualification structure (74 KB) for more information.

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How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what learners have completed at work through a variety of evidence such as observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard and comply with currently legislation and company procedures.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the task. They will also demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.

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