Curriculum Background

The BMRA has been fortunate to work with leading practitioners at all stages of the curriculum development, both as content developers and as members of a Technical Advisory Group.  Stage one of development was to establish core competencies, from which a textbook and standardized training resources could be developed.  In the fall of 2010, with funding from Seattle Public Utilities, a set of ten core competencies was developed by Bob Falk of the Forest Products Lab.  With the support of two grants from Iowa Central Community College in the spring of 2011, work begin to create what is now a 300 plus page textbook on Deconstruction.  In addition, developers contributed learning objectives, lesson content, study questions, assignments, and achievement assessments. 

In 2012, the BMRA partnered with the Kansas City, MO, based Metropolitan Community College's Workforce Development Group to undertake a comprehensive upgrade of the curriculum and develop the full classroom and demonstration lab resources.  The BMRA is now able to offer two complete courses for deconstruction training, with full classroom presentation files, student exercises, and practical lessons to be carried out either on a live deconstruction site, or in a suitable equipped teaching lab.  In addition to the complete curriculum development, this partnership produced two examinations that are the foundations of the BMRA's Designated Deconstructor Credential.  The first exam is a multiple choice test composed of questions developed by subject matter experts that can be taken online.  The second exam is an in-person practical evaluation of a worker's ability to carry out specific deconstruction tasks, and is administered by a qualified Master Trainer.   To date, the BMRA has supported the grant writing efforts of a number of training programs to facilitate funding for hosting the curriculum, and is actively seeking new opportunities with community colleges and other training centers.

If you know of a demand for deconstruction job training in your area or a community college open to hosting this curriculum, please contact Joe Connell at

Core Competencies of Deconstruction

The Building Materials Reuse Association has developed the following ten core competencies of deconstruction practice which serves as the basis for our deconstruction curriculum, written exam, skills assessment, and experience tracking.  These core competencies were developed and vetted by a Technical Advisory Group of experienced deconstruction and reuse professionals.  Dig deeper into the core competencies with the BMRA Textbook on Deconstruction! Only $45, buy today!

Competency 1:  Demonstrate Knowledge of Buildings, Building Materials,  Salvage & Deconstruction Practices

Competency 2:  Demonstrate an Understanding of the Process in Evaluating a Building Deconstruction Site 

Competency 3:  Demonstrate Knowledge of Safety Measures Applicable to Building Deconstruction and Building Material Salvage Activities

Competency 4:  Demonstrate Knowledge of the Environmental Hazards Associated with  Deconstruction and Building Material Salvage Activities 

Competency 5:  Demonstrate Knowledge of the Types and Use of Tools Applicable to Deconstruction and Building Material Salvage Activities 

Competency 6:  Demonstrate Ability to Develop a Site Plan & Schedule for Building Deconstruction 

Competency 7:  Demonstrate Knowledge of the Steps and Processes Involved in Nonstructural Salvage (soft Stripping)

Competency 8:  Demonstrate Knowledge of the Steps and Processes Involved in Full Deconstruction

Competency 9:  Demonstrate Knowledge of Materials Management Applicable to Deconstruction and Building Material Salvage Activities 

Competency 10:  Identify Steps in Closing Out a Building Deconstruction Project