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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Construction Project Manager is between $120k and $140k

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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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How do Construction Project Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 7 Construction Project Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
4.4
Job security
4.1
Pay / Salary
3.9
Variety of work
4.1

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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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Oct 2018
This is a great job, but you have to let go of the stress that comes with it each day.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Construction
The good things
My job has a great balance of onsite and in office work. This allows me to keep working on what I am passionate about, while developing my skills in a business environment.
The challenges
This role is more of an art than a science and as such, there's always someone who will tell you there's a better way of doing it. The important thing is to take what you can/want from their suggestio...
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Working hours for Construction Project Managers

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Weekends
Shift work
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What are the job opportunities for Construction Project Managers?

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National increase over next 5 years *
9.2%
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Source: LMIP. Construction Managers

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