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Residential Construction Site Manager

Residential construction site managers (RCSM) plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the construction of wood frame non-commercial buildings and residences up to four stories in height.

Also Known As

Site Manager

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Construction Managers (0711) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Construction Managers (A371) 
  • 2011 NOC: Construction managers (0711) 
  • 2016 NOC: Construction managers (0711) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Construction Managers
2006 NOC : 0711

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group


Interest in co-ordinating information to direct, control and evaluate construction projects from start to finish according to schedules, specifications and budgets; and in directing purchases of building materials and land acquisitions and in supervising the activities of subcontractors and staff


Interest in preparing contracts, in planning and preparing construction schedules and milestones, in monitoring progress against established schedules and in developing and implementing quality control programs


Interest in negotiating revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Updated Mar 31, 2020

Residential construction site managers are the onsite representatives of the prime contractor for a project. Working according to schedules, specifications and budgets, they coordinate the work of skilled tradespersons and suppliers and play a significant role in planning, quality control, jobsite safety and ensuring building codes are followed.

Their duties may vary depending on the project or the company. However, in general, site managers:

  • Coordinate, track, report and monitor the activities and progress of construction projects
  • Ensure safety protocols, conditions and practices are met in accordance with occupational health and safety regulations, safety legislation and company policies
  • Create and maintain a responsive and positive working relationship with the home owner
  • Plan and implement home construction quality controls
  • Use administrative reporting, budgeting and scheduling tools to coordinate, track, report and monitor activities and progress
  • Hire and supervise the activities of subcontractors and subordinate staff
  • Ensure compliance with building codes
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

Residential construction site managers work year round in all weather conditions and are exposed to outdoor conditions much of the time. When working on an active construction site, they must follow safe work practices and use and enforce personal protective equipment to protect themselves and other workers from potential work-related hazards.

Travel is required to manage and monitor construction activities at multiple locations. Having to meet deadlines and deal with unexpected delays can be stressful.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Residential construction site managers need:

  • Project management skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Problem solving and decision making skills
  • Math skills
  • The ability to be diplomatic when dealing with clients

They should enjoy being physically active, working outdoors and working in an occupation that provides a visible sense of accomplishment.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Construction managers
NOC code: 0711

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Dec 01, 2021 and May 25, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Personal Suitability: Organized
Personal Suitability: Team player
Personal Suitability: Excellent oral communication
Personal Suitability: Excellent written communication
Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal skills
Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate daily operations
Plan and prepare construction schedules and milestones and monitor progress
Personal Suitability: Flexibility
Personal Suitability: Judgement
Prepare reports
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation

Residential construction site managers need a combination of related training and experience. For example, they may be tradespersons who have supervisory experience or graduates of related post-secondary education programs who have experience in the construction industry. They also need a Class 5 driver’s license.

Residential construction site manager is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means that training and certification are not required but trainees can apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training for an Alberta Occupational Certificate.

Applicants for an occupational certificate should have a high school diploma or equivalent, and must:

  • Complete the required exam

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for admission, credit, or certification. Credits may reduce the period of apprenticeship.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

Residential Construction Site Manager

Residential construction site managers (RCSM) plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the construction of wood frame non-commercial buildings and residences up to four stories in height. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.


In Alberta, government-legislated certification is available for residential construction site managers.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Residential Construction Site Manager.

Additional Information

Certified tradespeople who want to build their business skills may obtain an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Residential construction site managers are employed by homebuilders.

Employers generally prefer to hire individuals with residential construction site manager certification, or who are willing to take the training. Experienced residential construction site managers may advance to more senior management positions within the construction industry such as operations manager, construction manager, general manager or contractor.

Residential construction site managers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 0711: Construction managers. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this classification work in the Construction [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 0711: Construction managers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.6% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 235 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Although salaries vary, residential construction site managers generally earn from $40,000 to $100,000 a year (2019 estimates).

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Construction managers

2016 NOC : 0711
Average Wage
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Average Salary
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Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 0711 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.00 $59.14 $37.61 $36.30
Overall $28.85 $73.06 $47.41 $47.36
Top $34.62 $87.41 $58.51 $55.45

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information
Transportation and Warehousing
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Public Administration
Oil & Gas Extraction
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Retail Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website:

BuildForce Canada website:

Professional Home Builders Institute (PHBI) website:

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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