This apprenticeship standard is in the process of being revised. In the meantime, the version below remains approved for delivery. Further details of this and other occupational standards in revision are available in the revisions status report.

Overview of the role

Ensuring that a construction project is completed safely, within an agreed timeframe and budget.

Construction site management (degree)

Reference Number: ST0047

Details of standard


The occupation covered by this standard is that of Construction Site Manager.  Typical job titles can include:  Construction Site Manager, Assistant Construction Site Manager, Site Manager, Sub Agent, Assistant Site Manager or Construction Planner. They are associated with the management of building construction projects and are based on sites or in offices. 

Occupational profile

The main duties and tasks of a Construction Site Manager are:

  • To ensure that safe systems of work are in place on their site and that all staff and operatives on site adhere to those systems and safe standards of behaviour
  • To manage productivity on site so that the project is completed on time
  • To manage the activity on site in a way that adheres to contract and cost constraints
  • To ensure that the site has minimal impact on the environment and local community
  • To manage interfaces between the various stakeholders associated with the site
  • To ensure that the project is completed to the specification and quality demanded by the client


Requirements: Knowledge, Skills (and behaviours)


What is required


Understand the environmental impact of construction activities and how to minimise negative impacts during all stages of the project

The Construction Environment

Review threats and opportunities for the construction industry and appraise and evaluate the influence of current legal, political and social issues on the industry. 

Construction Management

Understand the project management cycle including the planning, budgeting, project funding and payment processes so as to lead to effective project delivery.

Construction Technology

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the construction process and of the materials and technology that comprise best practice

Safe Systems of Work

Understand obligations for Health, Safety and Welfare issues on site, how to identify potential hazards and manage the risks

Site Management

Apply knowledge of the construction process to the examination and selection of procurement processes.  Evaluate different leadership styles in relation to particular projects. 


 Demonstrate knowledge of common defects in buildings and understand quality required


What is required

Planning and Organising Work

Be able to set and review objectives, identify resources and their limitations and plan activities and work methods to ensure project completion on time. 

Health, Safety and welfare

Be able to identify and manage risks of health, safety and welfare in line with legislation, hazards and safe systems of work.

Manage Quality

Be able to identify the standards required by clients and other stakeholders and implement effective procedures for managing, recording and improving quality.

Implement Sustainable Construction

Be able to manage construction activities in a way that contributes to sustainable development and implements best practice.

Commercial, Contractual and Legal Issues

Be able to manage legal and contractual matters relating to the site and work within commercial and legal constraints to ensure effective project outcomes.

Make Effective Decisions

Be able to investigate problems, causes and effects and determine solutions.

Manage Information

Be able to identify, obtain and process information required to manage projects.

Lead Commercial Strategy

Be able to manage risk and plan for its mitigation to minimise its impact.

Develop People and Teams

Be able to manage and appraise team members and specialist contractors, build teams, advise on development and resolve conflicts to ensure effective teamwork.

Demonstrate Innovation

Be able to identify areas for improvement, and implement innovative solutions.

Site Management

Be able to effectively manage and supervise specialist contractors and operatives during the construction phase.


Be able to identify and rectify common defects in construction activities.


What is required

Exercise Professional Judgement

Be able to work within own level of competence and know when to seek advice from others and when to be able to advise clients.

Commitment to Code of Ethics

Work within a PCI’s rules and regulations of professional competence and conduct and demonstrate integrity and professionalism in all activities.

Communicate Effectively

Be able to plan and manage effective meetings, present information to a variety of audiences and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.

Maintain CPD

Identify own development needs and take appropriate action to meet those needs. 


The typical duration for this apprenticeship is three to four years but this will depend on the previous experience of the apprentice and access to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for this apprenticeship.  As it requires achievement to Level 6 the typical entry requirements for this Apprenticeship will be the completion of the Level 4 Construction Technician Standard; Technician status or the equivalent with the industry’s recognised professional bodies; HNC in Construction or equivalent qualifications and commensurate industry experience.


The following qualification will be gained:

  • A BSc (Hons) e.g. Construction Management or equivalent Construction Level 6 Diploma that is approved by the industry’s recognised professional bodies and meets the educational requirements for the professional bodies’ full membership or chartered status.
  • Industry certificates in Site Safety Plus Site Managers’ Safety Training Scheme and Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme which are required for safe operations in the workplace
  • English and Maths; apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Link to professional registration

This Apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve full member or chartered status with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this Apprenticeship will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.


This apprenticeship standard is at Level 6.

Review date

This apprenticeship standard should be reviewed three years after approval of the standard.

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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 6
Degree: non-integrated degree
Reference: ST0047
Version: 1.0
Date updated: 04/08/2022
Approved for delivery: 6 September 2019
Route: Construction and the built environment
Typical duration to gateway : 36 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £18000
LARS Code: 501
EQA Provider: Ofqual

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Employers involved in creating the standard: Laing O’Rourke, Balfour Beatty, Kier, Morgan Sindall, Vinci, Wates, BAM Nuttall, Volker Wessels, Construction Youth Trust, Yorkshire Water, Interserve, Galliford Try, Skanska, BAM Construction, Willmott Dixon, Berkley Group

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