Building Site Inspector

Job Description:

Building site inspectors check the quality and safety of construction work.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

What you will do:

In this role you will:

  • Inspect construction sites
  • Check that work is following building regulations
  • Make sure that work is following project plans
  • Measure and sample building materials to check their quality
  • Find defects and recommend ways to fix them
  • Monitor work progress
  • Write reports for construction managers and clients


You’ll need:

  • Knowledge of building and construction
  • Maths knowledge
  • To be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • To be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • The ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • analytical thinking skills – the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • problem-solving skills – the ability to identify and address potential issues or challenges on construction sites
  • leadership skills
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Entry Requirements:

School Subjects

Becoming a Building Site Inspector typically involves a mix of education, experience, and specific skills rather than strict GCSE subject requirements. However, certain GCSE subjects can provide a solid foundation for the skills and knowledge needed in this field. Here are some GCSE subjects that can be relevant for becoming a Building Site Inspector:

  1. Mathematics: Strong math skills are essential for understanding measurements, calculations, and technical aspects of construction projects.
  2. Design and Technology: This subject can provide you with a basic understanding of construction methods, materials, and technical drawings.
  3. Science Subjects: Physics can be particularly useful for understanding structural integrity, forces, and mechanics related to buildings and construction.
  4. English: Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are important for documenting findings, writing reports, and interacting with construction teams and stakeholders.
  5. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Familiarity with digital tools and software can aid in recording and organizing data, as well as producing reports and documentation.
  6. Geography: An understanding of geographical factors, such as terrain, climate, and environmental considerations, can be relevant when assessing construction sites.
  7. Health and Safety: Basic knowledge of health and safety regulations and practices is essential for ensuring that construction sites adhere to safety standards.

After completing your GCSEs, you may choose to pursue further education or training in construction-related fields.

You can get into this job through:

  • A university course
  • A college course
  • An apprenticeship
  • Working towards this role
  • Applying directly

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • Building studies
  • Construction
  • Civil engineering
  • Surveying

Once you have some construction experience, you could complete a college course to help you progress to site supervisor and inspector roles.

Courses in the UK include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Construction Site Supervisory Studies
  • Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Supervision
  • Level 4 Certificate or Diploma in Construction Site Management

Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • Construction site supervisor higher apprenticeship
  • Construction site engineering technician higher apprenticeship
  • Construction site management degree apprenticeship


You could work as a site tradesperson, building technician or surveying assistant and move up to become a site inspector through on-the-job training.

Direct Application

You could apply directly to work as a building site inspector. To do this, you’ll need several years’ construction experience. Qualifications in health and safety will also be useful.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 41 to 43 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could:

  • Move into site management, building surveying, civil engineering or construction management.
  • Set up your own site inspection business and work as a consultant, or move into training.