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Clerk of works

A clerk of works is a manager on a construction site.
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What does a clerk of works do?

A clerk of works oversees the quality and safety of work on a construction site, making sure that building plans and specifications are being followed correctly. Duties include:

  • performing regular inspections of the work on site and comparing completed work with drawings and specifications
  • measuring and sampling building materials to check their quality
  • recording results
  • identifying defects and suggesting ways to correct them
  • liaising with other construction staff, such as contractors, engineers and surveyors
  • monitoring and reporting progress to construction managers, architects and clients

You may also be responsible for supervising the workforce on the building site during a project.


What do I need to do to become a clerk of works?

You would gain experience in the construction or civil engineering industries at craft or technician level. You could look for work as a trainee with a company after taking a HNC, HND, foundation degree (these are a blend of vocational and academic learning) or degree in construction or engineering.


Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organisation
  • Physical fitness
  • Problem solving
  • Time management

Academic route

  • HNC, HND, foundation degree or degree in construction or engineering

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Where could I be working?

You would have a site office, but spend most of your time outside on site. You could be making inspections at heights from scaffolding or ladders, or underground, for example, in tunnel construction.

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