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Site inspectors monitor all work carried out on a construction site to ensure safety and quality standards are upheld. They make sure that building plans and specifications are being followed correctly and manage staff and subcontractors on building sites. They also attend site management meetings and help project managers to plan work.
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There are several routes to becoming a site inspector. You can gain the qualifications you need by completing a university or college course, an apprenticeship, or on-the-job training. You should explore the options to find out which is the right one for you. Usually, a site inspector 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 an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as:
For an undergraduate degree, you’ll need:
Entrants with other industry relevant qualifications might be considered, for example:
If you’re working on site or have experience in construction you could complete a college course such as Level 3 Diploma in Construction Site Supervisory Studies, Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Supervision or Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Management.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. If you have some experience in the construction industry, you can start by doing a higher apprenticeship as a construction site supervisor. This may take up to three years to complete.
You’ll need up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent to become an apprentice.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll 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’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 site inspector.
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 site inspector. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a site inspector include:
As a site inspector you could be:
The expected salary for a site inspector 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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As a site inspector, you could progress in your career to become a contracts manager, compliance manager or construction director.
Explore the progression opportunities below