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The job of a heritage consultant is to manage construction and restoration projects on heritage sites, such as historic or listed buildings, landscapes, museums and other properties, by providing guidance on heritage issues and formulating strategies to manage them.
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There are several routes to becoming a heritage consultant. You could complete a university or college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to becoming a heritage consultant, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as:
Many employers also look for candidates who have a relevant postgraduate degree such as heritage management or historic conservation, and work experience in the heritage sector.
You could complete a college course in construction, history, environmental studies or surveying, and then complete further specialist training to become a heritage consultant.
You’ll need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for any of these routes.
You could complete an historic environment advice assistant apprenticeship to become a heritage consultant. This will take two years to complete.
You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, including maths and English, to apply.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have relevant experience or skills in construction project management, architecture, local authority planning or building surveying, you may be able to apply directly to an employer for a job as a heritage consultant.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a heritage consultant. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV. Many cultural organisations offer volunteering opportunities which will give you a taste for heritage work and develop your skills and contacts.
Desirable skills for someone considering a career as a heritage consultant include:
A heritage consultant advises on construction work due to take place in a historic building or setting, so that sites of significant cultural or historic importance can be conserved for generations to come.
The duties of a heritage consultant include:
The expected salary for a heritage consultant increases as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Salaries may improve with chartered status.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
Check out the latest heritage consultant vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
As a heritage consultant, you could progress into a more senior role and become a heritage project manager.
You could work for a construction company, local authority, architectural practice, or set yourself up as a self-employed heritage consultant.