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How to become a project manager in the construction industry

Working as a project manager in the construction industry can afford you great job security, a healthy salary, and the chance to develop further leadership skills. So how can you become a construction project manager?

First, it’s important to understand why working as a project manager in the construction industry is a great career choice.

The Australian government’s Job Outlook estimates there are around 42,100 construction project managers working across the country, with demand very likely to increase in the future too. The construction industry is one of the country’s most important, employing around 1.2 million people. Project managers in the construction industry can earn up to $200,000 a year, and it can be a springboard to a position as a CEO.

Source: Australian government Job Outlook

So, now you know why working as a construction project manager is such an enticing job. What skills do you need, and what steps can you take to get there?

A project manager in the construction industry is responsible for overseeing every stage of a project. You will need to be in touch with internal and external stakeholders and make sure lines of communication are streamlined and easy to manage. You may be required to review architectural plans, co-ordinate and lead teams, manage work schedules, and procure key project resources.

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One of the best ways to ensure you are prepared is by studying an online project management course, such as the Diploma of Project Management BSB50820. The course is designed by industry experts for people seeking to learn the key skills and knowledge to pursue a career as a project manager.

Importantly, the qualification is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the peak body for project management in Australia.

“AIPM endorses courses that consistently demonstrate outcomes aligned to a relevant Project Management methodology and which reflect industry standards and current best practice. These courses must show a commitment to professional development and evaluation of industry practices.” – Australian Institute of Project Management

Completing an AIPM endorsed online project management course can assist you in becoming a member, which includes numerous benefits, such as access to resources and mentorship.

WHO SHOULD CONSIDER BECOMING A PROJECT MANAGER?

If you are an experienced construction worker with a desire to take on more responsibility, you are ideally suited to following a career as a project manager. According to the Australian government Job Outlook people who are enterprising and practical are likely to be interested in a role as a construction project manager.

But, without the proper qualifications you may struggle to find work. AIPM said “a formal qualification in building or construction management is desirable, or at least five years of relevant experience” if you are hoping to take the next step in your career. You don’t want to risk missing out on work (and more money) because you lack the formal qualification.

Source: Australian government Job Outlook

If you think a career as a project manager in the construction industry is for you, take a FREE Skills Assessment now or get in touch with us to speak to one of our Education Consultants.

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How to start a career in construction

Have you been considering a career as a construction worker? Do you know what qualifications or experience you need to get your foot in the door?

There are many online construction courses which can help, depending on the type of construction work you are chasing.

Firstly, it’s important to know why pursuing a career in construction is a good idea.

The construction industry is one of the most significant sectors in the Australian economy. There is expected to be around 1.3 million jobs in construction in Australia by the year 2024, and the sector is likely to continue to expand due to government expenditure on infrastructure projects.

Source: Australian Industry and Skills Committee

In the building and construction industry there are many different career paths you could choose to follow, such as

  • Builder
  • Carpenter
  • Concreter
  • Plasterer
  • Landscaper
  • Painter
  • Plumber
  • Tiler
  • Stonemason
  • WH&S officer
  • Project manager

Here are 4 tips on how to start a career in construction:

  1. Get qualified – study an accredited construction course
  2. Attain your Construction White Card
  3. Get your skills recognised via RPL
  4. Get the right insurance – income protection/insurance you’ll need as a sole trader/business owner
GET QUALIFIED

In Queensland for example, completing the Low Rise Site Supervisor (Queensland) course is a great first step into the industry, as it requires no previous experience. Not only will you gain the skills and knowledge needed to flourish in the industry, you will also be eligible to apply to become a registered builder* after completing the course.

ATTAIN YOUR CONSTRUCTION WHITE CARD

You must hold a White Card to work on a construction site in Australia. You can get your white card by completing a construction induction course. Your white card will be valid in all states, so if you have the ambition to pursue construction jobs interstate you can do so with confidence.

GET YOUR SKILLS RECOGNISED VIA RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a skills assessment process which allows you to use your existing skills, expertise, and experience to demonstrate your competency and ability to perform construction work.

After you have gained some experience on the tools you could be able to complete a number, or all, of the units in the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210, which could be your springboard to finding work as a site manager or foreman. Some courses, such as the Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) CPC60220 can only be completed through the RPL program.

GET THE RIGHT INSURANCE  

If you are working for a company, you might consider getting income protection insurance. This will keep you covered against the risk of losing income through illness or injury which stops you from working.

If you decide to work as a sole trader, you may need a variety of insurances to protect your livelihood, such as public liability insurance, motor vehicle insurance and business insurance. You should also consider getting personal accident insurance and permanent disability insurance.

If you need more information about which course is right for you, get in touch with us today to speak with one of our education consultants.

Source: Statista, Australian Industry and Skills Committee, WorkSafe Qld, Australian Taxation Office  

*Information here is a guide only and regulations change for each state. Please check with your local authority for licensing applications or more information

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Techskill Academy nominated for Telstra Best of Business Award 2021

For experienced educator Lawrence Mackey, building a successful business is all about contributing and community.

How does it contribute to your community? How does it contribute to the planet?” he asks.

Mr Mackey, founder and CEO of Techskill Academy, was working in the oil and gas sector as a senior project manager when he got his first taste of educating.

I was doing the onboarding and training, and really enjoyed it.

 “Training has pretty good contribution. Recruitment is good, you help people find work, they get that job earning more than they did in their last job, helps them support their families. But education, I just thought you could really turn things around with a good education company.

Mr Mackey took the opportunity to build his own education company, Techskill Academy.

But before he did, he asked himself two questions.

“Does it serve a purpose? Does it solve a problem?”

Mr Mackey believes a business needs to be based on one of these two.

To me, it’s about contributing. Are you solving a problem? Are you contributing to a market which needs help?

Convinced that education is vital and change a person’s life, he dove in headfirst.

It took six months to set up, eight months for the registration to come through from government and we launched in November 2016.

Mr Mackey is full of admiration for his staff and defers any praise to those who work hard behind the scenes to ensure students are getting the best learning experience possible.

That hard work has paid off, with Techskill Academy scoring a nomination at the Telstra Best of Business Awards.

But when it comes to awards and nominations, Mr Mackey is equally adamant any focus should be on the business as a whole and what it could mean for creating future opportunities and partnerships.

The recognition is about the people in the business. If there is anything to the recognition, it takes us out of obscurity. Businesses can only be successful if people know you.

He is a huge advocate in the power of education.

You have to educate yourself. As a kid, or as an adult.

And we aren’t out there selling sugary soft drinks to kids, we are giving people the power of self-development and education. It’s something we all truly believe in.

While Techskill Academy has grown since 2016, and now boasts a range of associated brands such as Eo Academy and Licence2Trade, Mr Mackey still has big plans, and it comes back to his original reason for starting the company.

The purpose for Techskill Academy is: we will be the best online training platform in the country for that blue-collar space.

We want to be a brand people use more than once. The tech side of things must be spot on. It has to be seamless, it has to be intuitive, it has to be easy to use, it has to be current. There is no one out there doing that.”

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What is RPL and how does it work?

If you’re thinking about studying an online course, you may be able to reduce the time it takes to get your qualification through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program. In some cases, you may not even need to study to get your qualification.

WHAT IS RPL?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a skills assessment process which allows you to use your existing skills, expertise, and work experience to demonstrate your competency in a particular field or industry.

For example, if you’ve worked on a construction site it may help you get a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110. Or your experience working in an office could be used towards a Diploma of Business Administration BSB50415.  

Some courses may be RPL-only, such as an Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) CPC60220. But you will need at least three years of industry experience.

HOW DOES RPL WORK?

During your initial onboarding call we will ask questions about your work experience to get an understanding of your existing skills and knowledge, and compile an evidence list to help you understand what they need from you.

You will have seven calendar days to provide your assessor with the evidence of your skills and knowledge. They will then consider your application against the unit criteria. You may also need to provide contact details of two professional referees who have worked with you in the past.

If any knowledge gaps are identified further assessment such as additional documentation video or similar may be needed.

WHERE TO NOW?

RPL can help reduce the amount of study time required to complete a formal qualification.

You can take a FREE skills assessment today to see if you are eligible for RPL. You can also get in touch to discuss your study options with one of our education consultants.

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How to write a resume as a construction worker

In such a highly competitive job market, learning how to write a great resume as a construction worker could be the difference between landing a big job, or missing out.

Research suggests recruiters spend an average of 7.4 seconds skimming over a resume – that’s about the time it takes for two deep breaths. Making sure you stand out from other builders and construction workers is important.

The best chance to do that is with a well-written and engaging resume that highlights your skills and qualifications in the construction industry.

Before you sit down to start writing, you need to be clear about your objectives.

Hiring managers suggest using the same keywords from the job listing in your construction work experience and expertise sections will draw attention to your application. Be sure to highlight your skills as a construction worker from previous jobs and how they will be useful to the employer or contractor.

Most importantly, you need to make sure you’re qualified and include those qualifications on your resume. The construction industry is very broad, and there are many certificates you can gain by studying online building and construction courses to stand out from people who don’t have any formal qualifications.  

If you need to upskill and add some qualifications to your resume we offer several online courses for construction workers, including:

If you need more information about employment prospects in the building and construction industry you can click here to download a free employment outlook guide. 

Take our FREE Skills Assessment to check your eligibility for RPL today or get in touch with us now.