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Building control officer

Building control officers make sure building regulations are followed.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: on call; on a rota

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Building control officer jobs in 2025.
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Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • working closely with architects, designers, builders and engineers
  • suggesting ways to make building projects more cost effective
  • carrying out site inspections
  • writing inspection reports and issuing completion certificates
  • surveying unsafe buildings, giving advice or approving their demolition
  • authorising entertainment licenses and checking safety at public venues and events

Working environment

You could work in an office or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and at height.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant subject like:

  • building studies
  • civil engineering
  • structural engineering
  • building control
  • building surveying

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

You could do a college course, which could help when you apply for trainee jobs in building control. Courses include:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment
  • T level in Design, Surveying and Planning
  • Level 4 Diploma in Building Control Surveying
  • Level 4 Diploma in Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
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Apprenticeship

You can do a building control surveyor degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
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Direct application

You could move into building control from another job in construction, like quantity surveying or site management.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or The Chartered Institute of Building to help with your professional development.

Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in building control from:Chartered Association of Building Engineers; The Chartered Institute of Building; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

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With experience, you could specialise in a particular area like fire safety, or move into technical and planning roles in other departments, for example town planning.

You could also work as a consultant.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of English language
  • analytical thinking skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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