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Who Needs a CCDO Card?

Operatives working at all levels within the Construction Demolition Industry require an appropriate accreditation card so that an employer or contractor can gage their level of competency, experience and health and safety knowledge. The CCDO card is the industry standard and is recognised across 80% of UK construction sites that comply with the CSCS card scheme.

Why do I Need a CCDO Card?

Without a CCDO card operatives are likely to be refused access to site and therefore cannot undertake their work, consequently they may lose out on prospective demolition industry opportunities. It is essential for Demolition Operatives to gain a CCDO card so that they can prove their competence and achieve site access.

CCDO Card Types and Requirements

Green CCDO Card

Green CCDO CardFor inexperienced or new entrants to the Demolition industry the Green Demolition Site Operative CCDO card is recommended. This card is designed for candidates with minimal industry knowledge who wish to learn more. Candidates holding the green card can carry out only basic site duties.

This CCDO card is NOT renewable so candidates wishing to continue their career in demolition should aim to proceed with the Industry Assessment Route. This route will lead the candidate to a renewable Labourer Card.

Red CCDO Card

Red Demolition Operative Labourer CCDO Card

Red CCDO Card The Red Demolition Operative Labourer CCDO card is ideal for Industry Assessed Operatives with a minimum of 1 years experience in the demolition industry and a basic level of industry understanding.


This card is valid for five years and allows the cardholder to undertake all reclamation/salvage duties as well as general demolition duties providing there is an experienced operative working alongside the cardholder. This card is renewable upon application.

Reclamation and Salvage Operative CCDO Card

Red CCDO CardThe other card in the Red category is the Reclamation and Salvage Operative CCDO card. Requirements for this card are similar to the Red Labourer card, but the Salvage Operative card only permits workers to carry out duties relating to the removal of salvage. This CCDO card is valid for 5 years and is renewable upon application.

Blue CCDO Card

Demolition Experienced Worker CCDO Card

The Blue Demolition Experienced Worker CCDO card is designed for Operatives who have at least 2 years industry experience and who have a good knowledge of the demolition industry.

Blue CCDO CardExperienced Worker cardholders can carry out all the duties covered by the Labourer and Salvage Operative cards but in addition the Experienced Worker Operative is expected to demonstrate a deeper technical knowledge of Demolition.

This CCDO card is valid for 3 years but it is NOT renewable so cardholders are expected to achieve the relevant national qualification during the 3-year period.

Demolition Operative (Mattockman) CCDO Card

Blue CCDO CardFor Workers who have at least 2 years industry experience and who hold the relevant level 2 national qualification, having achieved the minimum compulsory course units, the Blue Demolition Operative (Mattockman) CCDO card is recommended.

This card indicates that the operative has adequate industry knowledge and a technical understanding of demolition. This card is valid for 5 years and is renewable.

Demolition Operative (Topman) CCDO Card

Blue CCDO CardThe final Blue card, the Demolition Operative (Topman) CCDO card, has the same requirements as the Demolition Operative (Mattockman) card but candidates are also need to have completed all national qualification course units including the optional ones.

Alternatively Experienced Workers who have achieved over 80% in their Industry Assessment many be eligible for this card too. This card is valid for 5 years and is renewable.

Gold Demolition Supervisor CCDO Card

Gold CCDO CardFor significant workers with a high level of industry knowledge and an adequate amount of supervisory experience the Gold Demolition Supervisor CCDO card will be required. This card is aimed at workers who run, supervise or are in charge of Demolition on a day-to-day basis.

Candidates wishing to apply for the Gold Demolition Supervisor CCDO card must hold with the following; 5 years experience, Supervisory CSCS Health, Safety & Environment Test pass, and a relevant national qualification at level 3 (Construction Site Supervision - Demolition). Finally the candidate must attend a Supervisor Course. This card is valid for 5 years and is renewable.

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