As many of you will know, the National Occupational Standards for industries are reviewed by CITB annually, in line with government requirements.

From 2019 onwards, the focus of the NOS review has been on the demolition sector and interested stakeholders were invited to join a National Working Group to evaluate the current NVQ standards for demolition-specific job roles and identify any need for change.

The Working Group, chaired by Aaron Davis, Group Learning & Development Manager at Keltbray, was formed mainly of demolition employers who took the lead in the 12-month long review process, with representatives from NDTG and NFDC also participating. The Working Group concluded their review findings in October 2020 and their observations and recommendations for Demolition NVQ Level 2 and 3 standards required by industry were put to the Ofsted-recognised awarding organisations.

In the timeframe since, the awarding organisations have been recognising the changes and preparing to implement the new standards. NOCN is the first to be ready to make the transition from 1st July, and by default, NDTG whose awarding organisation is NOCN, will also be implementing new standards from this date.

A summary of key changes to the standards is provided below, and more information and resources will be coming soon to support you. For any questions in the meantime, the NDTG team will be happy to help – just call 01442 217 144 (Option 2).


  • DEMOLITION PLANT LEVEL 2 (UP TO 15 METRES)This NVQ has decreased in unit requirements from 5 to 3 and the costs have reduced accordingly from £850 per person to £690 per person. With the automatic grant reclaim of £600 via CITB, you can fully qualify a Plant Operator to NVQ Level 2 standards for just £90 – great news for companies!
  • DEMOLITION PLANT LEVEL 3 (30 METRES & ALL HEIGHTS)Recognising the higher level of Operator skill and competence, this is a brand new and first for the industry – a Level 3 NVQ for the Demolition Plant category.

    This is a 6 unit NVQ at a cost of £930 per person. (Automatic grant reclaim via CITB reduces costs for companies to £330 per person).

  • DEMOLITION TOPMAN NOW LEVEL 3Demolition Topman has now been recognised as a Level 3 NVQ (formerly Level 2) to show the experience and competence required to undertake this complex and responsible role.

    The NVQ will transition from 6 units to 10 units from 1st July at a cost of £1250 per person. (Automatic grant reclaim via CITB reduces costs for companies to £650 per person).