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

Supervising specialist contractors and workers on construction projects.

Construction site supervisor

Reference Number: ST0048

Details of standard

1. Occupation(s) 

The occupation covered by this standard is Construction Site Supervisor and typical job titles can include: Assistant Site Manager, Assistant Supervisor or Construction Site Supervisor. In the case of SME construction companies the roles are likely to include Site Manager or Site Supervisor. They are associated with the supervision of specialist contractors and workers on construction projects and are based on construction sites with occasional time in offices.

2. Occupational profile

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

  • Supervision of specialist contractors
  • The control of health and safety standards on construction projects
  • Recording, control and reporting of progress on a construction project
  • The minimisation of the environmental impact of construction projects
  • Control of quality of works on a construction project
  • Assisting commercial staff with the monitoring of costs on a construction project

3. Requirements: Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours


What is required

Health and Safety

Understand risk assessment of activities and the importance of behaviours in

safety-critical environments


Understand the sustainability issues in projects across economic, social and

environmental aspects



Understand different construction methods and materials



Understand management principles and the project management lifecycle

Planning and

Organising Work

Understand the importance of project planning and resourcing and be able to

analyse different techniques

Monitor Quality

Able to define the quality required on a finished construction project

Monitor costs

Understand the importance of cost control on a construction project


What is required

Health and Safety

Identify risk of activities and encourage all employees to demonstrate safety-

conscious behaviours


Assess, identify and record the environmental impact of projects



Assist in the implementation of the most appropriate solutions for construction


Project Management

Use effective management principles and be able to supervise construction


Planning and

Organising Work

Understand overall plan for project and measure and record progress against plan

Monitor Quality

Assess and report on quality standards and assist in commissioning of finished

construction projects

Monitor costs

Understand financial and legal constraints and measure and record progress

against budget 


What is required

Professional Judgement

Be able to work within own level of competence and know when to seek

advice from others

Commitment to Code of


Work within Rules and Regulations of Professional Competence and Conduct for the industry’s recognised professional bodies.

Continuing Professional


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

Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested.

Commitment to Equality

and Diversity

Understand the importance of equality and diversity and demonstrate

these attributes so as to meet the requirements of fairness at work.

Communicate Effectively

Be able to contribute effectively to meetings and present information in a

variety of ways including oral and written.

Work in Teams

Be able to work with others in a collaborative and non-confrontational


Demonstrate Innovation

Be able to identify areas for improvement and suggest innovative


4. Duration

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

5. Entry requirements

Individual employers will determine their own entry requirements, but the typical entry requirements for this Apprenticeship will be five GCSEs or equivalent, including Maths, English and a Science; or a Level 2 Apprenticeship.

6. Qualifications

The following qualification will be gained:

  • A Level 4 qualification in Construction and Built Environment that meets the knowledge requirements of the standard and is approved by the industry’s recognised professional bodies meeting the educational requirements for Technician status or the equivalent level of membership.
  • English and Maths; apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

7. Link to professional registration

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


This Apprenticeship standard is at Level 4.

Review date

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

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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 4
Reference: ST0048
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: £9000
LARS Code: 502
EQA Provider: Ofqual
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

Version log

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