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How to become a Site Manager


Construction sites have the potential to be dangerous places –  You’ll need quite a few civil engineering and health and safety qualifications before you can start applying for roles like this one. You’ll also need general experience working within the construction industry.

  • Get good grades at GCSE and A-level (or equivalent)
  • Apply for a degree in civil engineering (entry requirements vary, so check the specifics with the course provider)
  • Site Managers Safety Training Scheme certificate (SMSTS)
  • Excellent computer skills – you’ll need a good working knowledge of Word, Excel, Project and Outlook
  • Work towards getting chartered status


 Other routes


Do the CIOB level 4 Certificate in Construction Site Management which is designed for Supervisors and assistant Site Managers who are progressing into the Construction Site Manager role.


The Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision is aimed at learners working for a principal contractor, but sub-contractor supervisors can also attend this course but will complete the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision.


This route is popular with time served tradesmen such as Carpenters & Bricklayers etc, the hand’s on experience bodes well to undertake this role.


The Role

You’ll usually be employed by building companies and specialist subcontractors. You can also work for local authorities, government departments, and other organisations like utility and engineering firms.

Your daily activities may include:

  • checking plans with architects, surveyors and engineers
  • hiring staff and buying materials
  • planning work schedules
  • monitoring building progress and costs
  • Quality control
  • Liaising with clients In charge of health and safety performance of the site.
  • Main point of contact for subcontractors and the public.
  • As a senior manager, you may need to oversee several projects at the same time.




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