Construction managers are responsible for the practical side of managing and planning every stage of the building process.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.
Degrees that can lead to a position as a construction manager include building management, engineering, construction management, project management and building studies. It’s a good idea to check your qualification is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building.
Construction managers have usually put in at least 10 years in the sector before being considered for the role. People who have not completed a related qualification in construction management can still move into the role on the strength of their experience in the industry. At this point they can complete a diploma in construction management.
You usually need a degree, a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or a Higher National Diploma (HND), in a relevant subject. This could be in construction, civil engineering, construction management, architecture or building surveying.
Entry requirements vary according to the level of course, but are normally 1-3 Highers for an HNC or HND and 4-5 Highers for a degree.
As a school leaver, you can apply through CITB for a Modern Apprenticeship, after taking a group of subjects at Standard grade or National 5. Subjects should include English, maths and science or technological subjects. You can then study part time for an HNC or HND.
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