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Project managers are in charge of making sure a building or other kind of structure is done properly from start to finish.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.
There are various ways to become a project manager. You will usually be qualified to degree or postgraduate level, often in project management. Other useful degree subjects include business and management, IT or construction management.
You could study part-time for a project management degree or postgraduate qualification while you are working, or work towards NVQs at levels 4 and 5 in Project Management or levels 3, 4 and 5 in Business Improvement Techniques. There are also NVQs at levels 3, 4 and 5 specific to project management in construction.
You could start as a member of the project support team, or manage smaller projects as part of another job and progress to managing larger projects full time.
You can work towards professional qualifications in project management at various levels from any one of the following organisations: the Association for Project Management (APM), Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The Information Systems Examination Board, which is part of the British Computer Society (BCS) offers courses in project management for those working in IT.
To become a senior project manager, you will need to hold a qualification from one of the following organisations:
Once qualified with experience you can also become chartered. Becoming chartered means you have proved that you are highly experienced and skilled at doing your job. It is comparable to a bachelor’s degree and is recognised all over the world. Becoming chartered can enhance your career, increase your salary and boosts the professionalism of your organisation.
You can achieve chartership through the relevant professional institution for the career you are following however a full range of management roles within construction can gain chartered status through The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
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