Further your profession by becoming a Certified Demolition Supervisor (CDS). The CDS certification recognizes individuals who have demonstrated competence in demolition of structures, including but not limited to structural, selective, interior, or dismantlement. A CDS is accountable for all aspects of a demolition project site, including safety, environmental, operations, and people management. The CDS designation promotes safe and quality practice through its ongoing requirements for professional growth in the demolition industry.
To obtain the CDS certification, individuals must meet certain requirements and then pass a 110-question exam. The CDS exam was created by demolition professionals, so each exam question can be related to real-life demolition experiences.
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NDA is looking for beta testers to take the CDS exam online in July and August 2023. Candidates can take the exam from the comfort of their home or office and will need to meet the eligibility requirements. Candidates must also submit the exam application prior to testing.
NDA is offering a 20% discount from the initial exam fee for candidates to take the exam.
If you meet the eligibility requirements and are ready to apply, click the button below to pay the exam fee ($475 USD) and continue your application.
Volunteers who pass the online CDS exam in July and August will be awarded the certification.
*Deadline to apply is June 15, 2023
To be eligible to sit for the CDS Certification exam, an individual must meet the following requirements:
- 5 years of hands-on demolition experience out of the last 7 years
- Completion of 8 hour Fall Protection Course or Fall Prevention Course with certificate
- Completion of OSHA 30 Course
- Completion of 8 hours of asbestos awareness training or an 8 hour HAZWOPER awareness training
- Current CPR & First Aid Certification
- Completion CDS Sponsorship Form, completed by (examples listed below):
- A current or former employer who can verify that the applicant possesses five years of demolition experience
- A current CDS certificant who can verify that the applicant possesses five years of demolition experience
- A union representative who can verify applicant possesses five year of demolition experience
- A recent client who can verify demolition experience PLUS a demolition license from a regulatory authority that shows at least five years of experience
About the CDS Exam
The CDS Certification Exam is a computer-based, online exam offered in a multiple choice format. No travel needed, candidates can take the exam at home or in the office. A total of 110 questions will be administered and candidates will have 2.5 hours to complete the exam.
It will cover the following five (5) domains:
- Safety - maintain a safe job site (approximately 32% of the test)
- Environmental - ensure environmental stewardship on every project (approximately 16% of the test)
- Operational Methodology - ensure effective functioning of the project (approximately 19% of the test)
- Project Management - ensure effective administrative set up and standard operating procedures (approximately 15% of the test)
- People Management - effective guidance of team members and the culture of the project (approximately 18% of the test)
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A list of reference materials have been provided for candidates to prepare prior to testing. The following list of materials were used in the development of the certification exam.
Renewal of the Certification
The CDS certification is valid for three years. The certification cycle begins at the time of notification of successful completion of the certification exam and continues through December 1, every three years.
Recertification is required to ensure that certificants maintain a level of continued competence through ongoing enhancement of knowledge and skills in the field. Continued competence is defined by NDA as demonstrating knowledge, skills, or ability to proficiently perform as a certified demolition supervisor throughout the certificant’s professional career. Recertification of the CDS promotes continued competence throughout the certificant’s career in the demolition industry by requiring submission of continuing education units every three years.
More information on continuing education units will be released at a later date.
To learn more about the Certified Demolition Supervisor contact NDA’s Certification Manager: