How to become a construction project manager

Plan and coordinate to make sure construction projects are completed on time and within budget.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete a recognised construction project management certificate.or an undergraduate degree in project management or civil engineering.
  2. Obtain a recognised Construction Induction Card to be eligible to work on-site.
  3. Apply for a Building Project Management Services Licence, available from the Australian Business Licence and Information Service, to work as an independent construction project manager.

What does a construction project manager do?

Duties and tasks

  • Review architectural drawings and specifications.
  • Co-ordinate labour resources, and the procurement and delivery of materials, plant and equipment.
  • Work closely with architects, engineers and other technical and trade professionals.
  • Negotiates with building owners, property developers and subcontractors involved in the construction process to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.
  • Oversee and ensure projects adhere to building legislation and standards of performance, quality, cost and safety.
  • Involvement in tender and contract bid process.

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  • Level 4 Subjects - Professional
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