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:

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

Post School

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.