How to become a construction site supervisor
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- building studies
- construction management
- civil engineering
- construction engineering
Degrees that offer the chance to gain work experience through a year in industry placement or paid internship may give you an advantage when looking for work.
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
You could do a college course if you're working on site or have experience in construction.
Relevant subjects include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Construction Site Supervisory Studies
- Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Supervision
- Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Management
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can start by doing a higher apprenticeship as a construction site supervisor.
This may take up to 3 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.
Some employers may expect you to have some construction experience to do this higher apprenticeship.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- 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 move into this job through promotion and training if you've got several years' experience in a construction trade or civil engineering.
- 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 for professional development, industry news and useful resources.
You'll find more about training and working in construction from Go Construct.