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Construction Project Manager

Use strong communication, leadership and analytical skills to plan and manage construction projects.

What's it like to be a Construction Project Manager?

Construction Project Managers are Project Managers who specialise in the planning, management and execution of construction projects.

Construction Project Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Consulting with Architects, Engineering Professionals and other professionals.
  • Coordinating labour resources, and procurement and delivery of construction materials and equipment.
  • Managing project progress and adapting work as required.
  • Overseeing all incoming and outgoing project documentation.
  • Drafting, submitting and reviewing project tenders.
  • Designing risk mitigation plans.
  • Conducting project reviews and collating detailed reports for clients and stakeholders.
  • Interpreting architectural drawings and specifications.
  • Negotiating with building owners, property developers and subcontractors involved in the construction process to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.
  • Ensuring adherence to building legislation and standards of performance, quality, cost and safety.
  • Arranging building inspections with local authorities.
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Construction Project Managers have strong communication, organisational and budgeting skills, and lead projects in their various stages from conception through to completion. They manage factors like integration, scope, timelines, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement for each project.

Construction Project Managers specialise in managing key activities involved in construction projects, including booking surveyors and technical personnel, hiring equipment, ordering materials and checking plans, as well managing operational plans, people and budgets.

What can I earn as a Construction Project Manager?

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Construction Project Manager roles in AUS were typically advertised between $100k and $160k over the last 6 months.
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How to become a Construction Project Manager


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To work as a Construction Project Manager in Australia, you need to register with the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS). Registration must be renewed annually, and eligibility requires a mixture of practical industry experience and the completion of accredited qualifications. You must also be the holder of a White Card.

  1. Hold a White Card. You can apply for a White Card online, and it is mandatory to hold one in order to work on a construction site in Australia.
  2. Complete a qualification in Construction Project Management from an accredited provider. This could be an Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (CPC60212), Graduate Diploma of Construction Management, or a Bachelor degree majoring in Construction Management.
  3. Attain licence from the ABLIS by having the specified educational qualifications plus 2 years of practical experience, complete the application with details of your training, professional memberships, business operations and samples of work, and insurance.
  4. Renew ABLIS licencing every 12 months.

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Latest Construction Project Manager reviews

Latest reviews from 10 Construction Project Managers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Project management is very challenging but seeing the end product is very rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Building Science (Honours)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Client-side PM
The good things
Able to take charge of the project cycle from start to finish and have control over it. Also to be a team player by managing a design team and ultimately seeing everyone achieve a great outcome at the...
The challenges
A lot of responsibility to make sure the program does not slip and budgets are met. Also dealing with stakeholders can be challenging to make sure all project requirements are met.
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Nov 2018
Gaining a trade (or equivalent) is a great accomplishment. Applying that to diversify your career is golden and extremely rewarding and self satisfying
Reviewer's Qualification
Registered builder QLD, LBP New Zealand
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Estimation, supervision, contract over view,
The good things
To thrive in the insurance industry as a construction project manager does require multiple skills which are over and above construction knowledge. Learning computer skills and becoming accepting of ...
The challenges
Some of the biggest challenges i have experienced over many years are a. Being continually exposed to continual negativity (while working on multiple large loss claims simultaneously) can get to you i...
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