Clerk of works, building site supervisor
Building site inspectors check the quality and safety of construction work.
Salary Range: £21,000 to £60,000
How to become a building site inspector
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- civil engineering
You’ll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You could do a construction technical professional advanced apprenticeship or construction site supervision higher apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could work as a site tradesperson, building technician or surveying assistant and move up to become a site inspector through on-the-job training.
You could apply directly to work as a building site inspector. To do this, you’ll need several years’ construction experience. Qualifications in health and safety will also be useful.
- you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate, which offers professional development and technical advice to people working in the building industry.
You’ll find more advice on how to become a building site inspector from Go Construct.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of building and construction
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- maths knowledge
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to analyse quality or performance
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
Your duties will include:
- making sure that work is following project plans
- measuring and sampling building materials to check their quality
- finding defects and recommending ways to fix them
- monitoring work progress
- writing reports for construction managers and clients
You could work in an office or on a construction site.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could move into site management, building surveying, civil engineering or construction management.
You could also set up your own site inspection business and work as a consultant, or move into training.
You may need to become a member of the Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI).