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Building site inspector

Alternative titles for this job include Clerk of works, building site supervisor

Building site inspectors check the quality and safety of construction work.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends

How to become

How to become a building site inspector

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • construction
  • civil engineering
  • surveying

Entry requirements

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

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College

Once you have some construction experience, the following college courses can help you progress to site supervisor/inspector roles:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Construction Site Supervisory Studies
  • Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Supervision
  • Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • Level 4 Construction site supervisor
  • Level 4 Construction site engineering technician
  • Level 6 Construction site management degree apprenticeship

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

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.

Direct Application

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.

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Registration

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.

Further information

You'll find more advice on how to become a building site inspector from Go Construct.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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 use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You will:

  • do regular inspections of construction sites
  • check that work is following building regulations
  • make sure that work is following project plans
  • measure and sample building materials to check their quality
  • find defects and recommend ways to fix them
  • monitor work progress
  • write reports for construction managers and clients

Working environment

You could work in an office or on a construction site.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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).

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Construction Site Engineering Technician Apprenticeship (Level 4 HNC)

  • Wage: £18,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Maidenhead

Apprentice Projects Manager

  • Wage: £320.00 Weekly
  • Location: Doncaster

Courses In England

Construction

  • Provider: BEDFORDSHIRE & LUTON EDUCATION BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Dunstable

BTEC Diploma in Construction

  • Provider: TEIGN SCHOOL
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Kingsteignton

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