Construction project manager

Construction project managers deal with the day-to-day running of a construction project.

What does a construction project manager do?

Construction project managers deal with the day-to-day running of a construction project from start to finish.

Your job could include:

  • consulting with architects and surveyors to develop a plan, including timescales, resources required and costs involved.
  • developing schedules of work required for each day, from initial preparation of the site to final completion.
  • overseeing day-to-day work once building starts, checking progress and quality of the build. 
  • ensuring the site meets health and safety and building regulations.
  • providing updates on progress to the customer

What do I need to do to become a construction project manager?

You can enter this job by either an academic or vocational route.  

Most people take level 2 and/or level 3 courses in construction and the built environment. For example, you could achieve a level 2 qualification (without five GCSE C grades or above) and work your way up. 

You could also take level 3 qualifications and get work experience to work your way up, or progress to a degree in a related subject.  

At A level, a combination of science or technical subjects would be useful. You could also combine A levels with a vocational qualification such as a BTEC/diploma in construction.

There are a range of HNC and HND/diploma qualifications which would be useful in the following areas:

  • building studies and building engineering
  • surveying and civil engineering
  • construction engineering
  • construction management

Alternatively you could take an apprenticeship in a construction-related role and work your way up to this career. 

Related skills

  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Customer service
  • IT

Academic route

  • A levels: a combination of science or technical subjects

Vocational route

  • Apprenticeship in construction-related role
  • HNC
  • HND

Related subjects

  • English
  • History
  • Religious studies

Desirable qualifications

  • Degree in a related area
  • Foundation degree in a related area
  • Five GCSEs grade A-C, including maths, English and science

Where to find out more

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