A clerk of works is a manager on a construction site who checks to see that work is carried out properly and that health and safety rules are being followed.
If you want a practical job, are good at solving problems and have a good eye for detail, this career could offer you a lot of opportunities.
You will need experience in the building or civil engineering industries to get into this job. Qualifications in construction or surveying may also help.
As a clerk of works, or site inspector, you would oversee the quality and safety of work on a construction site, making sure that building plans and specifications are being followed correctly.
Your duties would include:
• performing regular inspections of the work on siteand comparing completed work with
• drawings and specifications
• measuring and sampling building materials to check their quality
• recording results either on paper or a hand-held Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
• identifying defects and suggesting ways to correct them
• liaising with other construction staff, such as contractors, engineers and surveyors
• monitoring and reporting progress to construction managers, architects and clients
You may also be responsible for supervising the workforce on the building site during a project.
Typical employers include local authorities, the NHS and construction and civil engineering companies. You may also find vacancies with private companies specialising in consultancy work.
With experience, you could progress to overall site management and general construction management. Another option would be to set up your own site inspection business.
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You would usually become a clerk of works after gaining experience in the construction or civil engineering industries at craft or technician level.
You could look for work as a trainee with a company after taking a HNC, HND, foundation degree or degree in construction or engineering. To search for colleges and universities offering these courses, visit the UCAS website.
Employers may insist that you hold membership of the Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI), which is the recognised industry body for this area of work.
See the further training section below for more details.
To find out more about this career, visit the CITB and bConstructive websites.
Once you are working, you could take qualifications such as the Level 3/4 (NVQ) Diploma in Site Inspection. The Diploma contains units in:
• monitoring projects in construction
• health and safety
• inspecting property, planning and monitoring maintenance in construction.
The average pay for a Clerk is Rs 203,313 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. A skill in Banking is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.