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Residential Construction Site Manager

Alberta was the first jurisdiction in Canada to designate the Residential Construction Site Manager as a designated occupation. The training, which was developed in conjunction with the Alberta New Home Warranty Program and the Professional Home Builders Institute (PHBI), is now available to existing site managers and to individuals new to the residential construction industry. This training enhances the quality, work and safety of existing residential construction, while also providing a voluntary certification process.


Residential construction site managers (RCSM) plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate residential construction projects from start to finish according to a schedule, specifications and a budget. This occupation includes coordinating the work of many skilled tradespersons and suppliers. Residential construction site managers play a significant role in planning and implementing quality control for home construction, jobsite safety and in ensuring current building code requirements are followed. The scope of work is limited to wood frame non-commercial buildings and residences up to four stories in height.

As the onsite representative of the prime contractor, the residential construction site manager is responsible for ensuring safety protocols, conditions and practices are met in accordance with current Occupational Health and Safety regulations, safety legislation and company policy.

The residential construction site manager implements a disciplined project management approach to construction activities utilizing administrative reporting, budgeting and scheduling skills to coordinate, track, report and monitor the activities and progress of construction projects.

The residential construction site manager’s responsive and positive working relationship with the homeowner throughout the construction process and possession turnover is an important role in assuring homeowner satisfaction.

For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Occupation Regulation.


Working Conditions

A residential construction site manager works year-round in all weather conditions and is exposed to outdoor conditions much of the time. As the work is on an active construction site, safe work practices and the use of personal protective equipment are mandatory to protect the residential construction site manager and workers from potential work-related hazards.

As the residential construction site manager may be responsible for several concurrent projects, the residential construction site manager would be expected to travel from site to site to manage and monitor construction activities. An Alberta Class 5 driver’s license is required.


Employment and Advancement

Residential construction site managers are employed by homebuilders operating throughout Alberta, urban and rural, where new home construction is in demand.

Individuals who wish to obtain residential construction site manager occupational certification typically have developed experience in other areas of the construction industry, such as estimating, working in the trades, or have obtained other technical diplomas or certificates to gain experience and understanding of the residential construction process.

There are many opportunities for growth from the occupation into more senior levels of management within the construction industry such as operations manager, construction manager, general manager or even self-employment.

Residential construction site managers who hold occupational certification in Alberta and have the supervisory and management competencies required by industry, may apply online for a Blue Seal business credential.

There are approximately 3000 individuals working in Alberta as residential construction site managers. With the predicted growth in future new home building starts, it is anticipated this number will increase with development.

Although salaries vary, residential construction site managers generally earn in a range from $40,000 to $100, 000 per year, considering vehicle, incentives and benefits.


Working in Alberta

A certificate is not required to work as a residential construction site manager in Alberta as this is a designated occupation and participation is voluntary.

Employers will generally provide preference to new applicants seeking employment who hold the residential construction site manager occupational certificate or are willing to enroll in training to obtain occupational certification.

Job skills, competencies and standards of performance for residential construction site manager have been defined and approved under the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act.

Individuals possessing a valid Alberta Journeyman Certificate, an Alberta Occupational Certificate or a document indicating that the individual holds a certificate that is recognized as equivalent to an Alberta trade or occupational certificate, are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business credential upon completing the necessary requirements.


Occupational Certification Based on Recognized Credential

In order to become a residential construction site manager, it is recommended that candidates have a high school diploma or equivalent. The training delivered by industry requires the completion of a ‘Test of Workplace Essential Skills’ (TOWES).

Industry training is available through the Professional Home Builders Institute (PHBI). The training consists of 3 levels. Each training level includes a formal training component combined with 1500 hours and 12 months of level specific on-the-job work experience. Individuals interested in taking the training should contact the PHBI directly. Additional information on the locations, scheduling and availability of training can be found on the PHBI website.

To qualify for an Alberta Occupational Certificate, a person must:


Occupational Certification Based on Work Experience

Residential construction site managers who have no formal training but can prove that their skills and work experience meet the standards established for the occupation in Alberta may apply for occupational certification by completing the Occupational Certificate – Work Experience application.

A person must:

Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information see Financial Assistance, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.