Exam Centres

Main Examination Centre:


The Family Conference Centre

Dolphin House

54 Coventry Road

Birmingham B10 0RX


If there are sufficient numbers there may also be centres kindly provided by JCJ Demolition Ltd (Glasgow) and the Erith Group Ltd (Kent)

Please be aware that Google maps give a general idea where a venue might be, e.g. within the road or street, but you may have to look around to find the actual building.   (E.g. Erith Group is at the end Queen Street on the right hand side of the cul de sac.)

Preparation Day


See also information in the Events diary


Preparation Day programme


The Family Conference Centre

Dolphin House

54 Coventry Road

Birmingham B10 0RX


HOTEL – “Just across the road from The Family Centre”    This must be booked by the candidate at their own expense.

Ibis Hotel, Bordesley Circus

1, Bordesley Park Road

Bordesley, Birmingham

B10 0PD
Tel : (+44)121/5062600

Fax : (+44)121/5062610

Hotel manager : Mr Jerome GIBRAT
Hotel code: 2178

Outline of the Examinations

You will be allocated an examination number which will identify your papers to the Examiners. Your name will not be used.

There are two papers

Paper 1 – 45 minutes in length – consisting of multiple choice questions on regulations /legislation

Paper 2 – 3 hours in length – 3 questions must be answered from a choice of 6

(drawings, tables and lists may be added). Answers must demonstrate the entrant’s knowledge of a range of demolition related subjects and his/her ability to illustrate logical and safe planning.

Detail may include – pre-planning, risk assessment, training, structural needs, client demands, method, plant & resources, contaminants, environmental considerations, site & local safety, legal duties and constrictions.

Subject matter may specify – special structures, city centre demolition, hazardous materials, waste minimisation and management, Health & Safety (including CDM) Regulations and site risk assessment.

Important - Don't forget!Don’t forget to make sure you have thoroughly read the question before you begin your answer.   No marks will be give for information that is irrelevant or which goes off at a tangent.   Although the examiners are very senior members of the Institute and highly competent Demolition Engineers you should not assume that they will mind read.  If a procedure or compliance with regulations needs to be said, put it in your answer. Your answers should be detailed and have a balance between sketches and written content.

To comply with the professional membership route to the CSCS Demolition Engineer Card it is necessary for all candidates to be proficient in the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the NVQ 4 in Construction Site Management (Demolition).  Click on the links below to see these.  At this point in time (March 2010) you do not have to do the NVQ4 but you should make sure that you comply with all the requirements.

Demolition Site Management Checklist (NVQ Structure)

National Occupational Standards (NVQ Syllabus)

IDE Examination Dates

Preparation Days will be held at the Family Conference Centre, Bordesley, Birmingham on

  • 11 March 2013
  • 9 September 2013
  • 10 March 2014

The main examination centre will be at the Family Conference Centre and examinations will be held on

  • 25 March 2013
  • 23 September 2013
  • 24 March 2014

It is possible that the Institute may be invited to also have centres in the offices of companies of IDE members.

Invitations will be sent out to Entrants about two months before the Preparation Day date.  Bookings must be received by the deadline.  Late entries will be deferred to the next exam session

The IDE Entrant grade exists to give a formal connection with the Institute while the candidate is preparing to prove their competence in the examinations.   Entrants may enjoy that grade for two years, during which time they must sit and pass the examinations.  

Members with professionally diagnosed medical conditions that make it difficult to participate in a written examination should contact the National Secretary so that special arrangements (extra exam time or an amanuensis) may be made to help them. 

IMPORTANT:  The examinations must be passed by 30 April following the second anniversary of admission to the Entrant Grade.


Entrants to the Institute are expected to offer themselves as soon as possible after entry for the Institute’s examinations which test the candidate’s knowledge, experience and, as far as written papers can, competence in demolition engineering.

There are two examinations and both are taken on the same day.

Part 1 consists of a multiple choice paper covering aspects such as legislation, codes of practice and health and safety. Candidates are expected to attempt all the questions.

Part 2 is a specialised subject section where entrants are required to complete three questions from a choice of six. The questions consist of “case studies” involving aspects of typical demolition projects which require the experienced knowledge of a demolition engineer.

Candidates will need to be proficient in the requirements for the NVQ /SVQ4 in Construction Site Management (Demolition).

The pass mark for both parts of the examination is 70%. There is no limit on the number of times the examination may be taken within two years of joining. The Institute has stringent Examination Procedures.

The examinations are currently held twice in each year. The main examination centre is in Birmingham but it is possible to arrange centres in Kent and Glasgow if there are sufficient candidates. Entrants are routinely notified about the details when and where the examinations are held, and how to apply for them. They are also advised about the one-day Preparation course which is mandatory for those sitting the examinations for the first time.

Joining the Institute

Our members say they join to:

  • gain accreditation as a competent professional Demolition Engineer
  • acquire knowledge through attending seminars and meetings.
  • participate in an exchange and discussion of ideas and information
  • enjoy a representation of common interests
  • have continuing professional development noted and valued.

 Categories of Membership

  • Professional.
    Membership is for individuals who are involved in some aspect of demolition engineering, and who could be expected to be able to demonstrate a depth of knowledge and experience within the demolition industry.
  • Student
    The Institute of Demolition Engineers is pleased to confer complimentary membership on students studying a subject relevant to demolition engineering at a recognised university or college. Evidence of participation in such a course is required when applying to join and at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Affiliate
    Affiliates are employed in industries related to demolition engineering.  Affiliates would not be demolition engineers as such but highly supportive of the work of the Institute.

There is no provision for companies to become members. The Institute does not give any form of corporate accreditation.

Entrant Grade

The first step on the road to full membership is election and admission to the basic grade. The Rules of the Institute set out the criteria for election and admission to this grade.

The applicant must be sponsored by a Full Member or Fellow who certifies that they recommend him or her to be a fit and proper person for membership of the Institute and that the criteria for membership are satisfied.

The Entrant grade is basic and confers no entitlement to accreditation to or by the Institute.

An Entrant is not entitled to place membership initials after his or her name or use the Institute’s logo in any way.

The goal of the Entrant is success in the Institute’s examinations and election to Associate grade.

Robyn Rushforth

His experience has covered a wide variety of structures from steel framed petro-chemical plants to delicate pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. These projects have involved both conventional mechanical demolitions and the use of explosives.

Having joined John Faulkner at PDC some 2 years ago, Robyn is a qualified shot firer and has been jointly responsible for several major explosive demolitions over this period

John Faulkner

A strong-headed business man, John’s renowned for tackling complicated mega-structures. He’ll take on any structures and provide pre-weakening structural design calculations followed through by explosive demolitions with precision using state of the art, world first detonation systems. Whether it be giant power generating stations, steel producing plants, chemical plants including a multitude of industrial structures, or 20+ story building projects in tight urban spaces.

Ron Callan

Kocurek Excavators is a family owned private company founded in 1979 by Mrs Rita Kocurek and her son David. The company’s roots have always been in Engineering and Plant Hire. The first premises were established at The Barn, Poplar Lane, a former farm on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Nowadays, Kocurek is the No.1 supplier of bespoke front end equipment for hydraulic excavators and for the last 25 years Kocurek has sought to provide solutions to customer’s requirements by increasing the versatility of their standard Hydraulic Excavators.

Ron will speak about the

“Development of High Reach Demolition Rigs”