What Does a Construction Site Manager Do?

Site managers play a critical role within the construction industry. From managing tasks to ensuring compliance with safety regulations. Those with a role in construction site management are also responsible for successfully completing a project.

In this blog, we discuss what site managers do, whether there are any qualification requirements to become one and how to be successful within the role…

What does a site manager do?

A Site Manager is responsible for overseeing all activities on-site and they manage budgets.A construction site manager is responsible for overseeing all activities on-site. They manage budgets, schedules and resources and make sure that projects are completed safely, on time and within budget.

A site manager is a critical part of the team because they keep the whole operation together to achieve a successful outcome of the project.

What are the roles and responsibilities of a site manager?

Some of the specific duties of a construction site manager include:

  • Coordinating with architects, engineers and contractors.
  • Managing budgets and financial resources
  • Managing project schedules
  • Complying with health and safety regulations and industry standards
  • Hiring and managing staff, including contractors and subcontractors.
  • Liaising with clients about project progress and updates

Being a site manager takes a high level of responsibility since you have to ensure the project is completed within the deadline and budget, and that tasks are carried out safely.

How to be a good site manager

Asking yourself ‘how to be a better site manager’ is the start of becoming one, but there is a certain skill set you’ll require to be a good construction site manager.

To become a good construction site manager, you’ll need to have strong leadership, communication, organisational and problem-solving skills.

You should also have a thorough understanding of industry regulations and standards, and be committed to safety and compliance, whilst having a customer-focused mindset.

Overall, having good, in-depth knowledge of the industry, being efficient in your role and being compliant when it comes to health and safety will all contribute towards you becoming a good manager.

What qualifications do I need to be a site manager?

To be a construction site manager you are required to have a combination of education, experience and skill.

Your duty as a construction site manager includes overseeing everything on site, which requires a great level of responsibility.

Some pathways to get into this career are:

  • Get experience working on-site, progressing to this role.
  • Complete the relevant training
  • Complete a university degree related to the role

What is SMSTS qualification?

SMSTS stands for Site Management Safety Training Scheme. This is for construction workers with managerial or supervisory roles, and helps to make sure that they have the necessary knowledge to ensure safety on-site.

The SMSTS course is accredited by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) which is the sector skills council and industry training board for the construction industry.

The SMSTS course covers topics such as:

  • Health and safety facts and the role of a manager
  • Health and safety laws, regulations and legislation.
  • First aid provision and reporting injuries
  • Asbestos
  • Waste and risk management
  • Mental health awareness

If you’re looking for a construction site manager course, our CITB SMSTS course will give you all the essential knowledge.

Training courses

There are construction management courses you can take to increase your knowledge and make you more proficient in your role including:

  • CITB SMSTS course as mentioned above. However, if you have attended the SMSTS course previously, the SMSTS Refresher course is great to update and refresh your knowledge of the industry.
  • We also offer the SMSTS Day Release which is the same as the SMSTS but is delivered one day a week for five weeks, rather than in a five-day block. This is ideal if you’re struggling to take a full week off-site. We also offer these site manager courses online.
  • Our First Aid at Work course will benefit you in your role. As a manager, it’s likely you’ll be the person people report to when they sustain an injury.
  • Mental Health First Aid training is also beneficial, as you might be relied upon to help with mental health in the workplace.
  • Our Basic Scaffolding Inspection is ideal for anyone who is in charge of statutory scaffold inspections on basic scaffolding structures.


An NVQ is a great way to progress and obtain a lifetime qualification. Throughout completing an NVQ, the learner will gather and provide evidence of their competency in their role.

These training courses and NVQs will support you in excelling in your career, you just need to decide which one is right for you!

Overall, being a site manager within the construction industry can be a challenging yet rewarding career. However, by obtaining the necessary qualifications, gaining experience and developing essential skills, you can become a successful site manager and oversee construction projects from start to finish.

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