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Project directors have overall responsibility for the successful conclusion of construction projects. They oversee project managers, who coordinate teams to ensure that work is completed on time and within budget, to a high standard. Project directors provider leadership to strategically manage risk, monitor finances and ensure each phase of work is started or completed on time.
There are several routes to becoming a project director. You can gain the qualifications you need by completing a university or college course, or an apprenticeship.
You should explore the options to find out which is the right one for you. Usually, a project director will have had several years’ experience in the construction industry.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND), undergraduate degree or postgraduate award accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Relevant subjects include construction management, business and project management or building studies.
You’ll generally need:
Your local college or training provider may offer construction-related courses at higher national certificate (HNC) or diploma (HND) level, which would help you on your career path to becoming a project director.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. 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.
You could study a higher or degree apprenticeship in construction project management or business and management. You’ll usually need 4 - 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels (or equivalent) for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
If you’ve already worked in supporting roles within project teams and have proven management experience or qualifications, you may be able to apply directly for a role as a project manager or director.
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 project director. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone looking to become a project director include:
As a project director will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of a project to ensure the quality is a high standard, and that it is running to the timescales allowed.
The job role of a project director involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a project director varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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You’ll need at least ten years’ industry experience to be a project director. Professional qualifications from the Association for Project Management (APM), Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) will help to prepare you for a more senior role.
Once you are working as a project director, you could specialise and oversee a particular area of project management, such as contracts or planning. Alternatively, you might set up as a self-employed consultant and set your own salary.
As an experienced director, you could progress to become a company’s executive director or CEO, or set up your own business.
Explore the progression opportunities below