How to become a construction manager
Be completely in charge of construction projects from the planning stages all the way through to completion.
Pathways to this career
- Attain on the job experience and combine it with a formal qualification in construction management.
- Complete certified general construction induction training with a registered Australian organisation and get a White Card.
- Gain as much practical experience as possible, ask questions, diversify your skillset and work on your ability to understand team dynamics.
- Check and complete the builder registration requirements with your state or territory’s licensing body.
What does a construction manager do?Construction managers handle the complete coordination of projects in civil engineering and infrastructure, commercial and residential buildings, houses, and even large-scale parking garages. They manage crews of laborers and skilled trades, as well as permits, and equipment and machinery rentals.
Duties and tasks
- Bid and negotiate on projects.
- Coordinate laborers and trades.
- Ensure laws and codes are followed.
- Ensure materials and equipment are delivered on time.
- Implement specifications for a project.
- Oversee all work.
- Set up building inspections with the proper authorities.
- Submit plans to zoning boards.
- Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF)
- Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors;
- Building Smart
- Housing Industry Association
- Master Builders Australia
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