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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.

  • Avg. Salary $98,643.00
  • Avg. Wage $47.41
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 14,900
  • In Demand Medium
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) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Residential Construction Site Manager is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Construction Managers

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

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 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.

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Updated Dec 16, 2016

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 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:

  • 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 Dec 16, 2016

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 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.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Residential construction site managers need the following characteristics:

  • excellent project management skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • good problem solving and decision making skills
  • good 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.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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 must:

  • successfully complete the approved residential construction site manager training program offered by the Professional Home Builders Institute (PHBI)
  • have at least 4,500 hours and 36 months on-the-job work experience.
  • successfully complete a required exam.

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for credit or certification.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Mount Royal University

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

This is a designated occupation. For full details, see the Residential Construction Site Manager certification profile.

Residential Construction Site Manager

Residential construction site managers 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.

Working in Alberta

Residential construction site managers with legislated certification in good standing elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

Contact Details

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Residential construction site managers are employed by homebuilders.

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. Certified Alberta residential construction site managers who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

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 in this occupation will be 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 (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 15,600 Albertans are employed in the Construction managers ccupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.2% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 31 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As residential construction site managers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for residential construction site managers.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Although salaries vary, residential construction site managers generally earn from $40,000 to $100,000 a year (2014 estimates).

Construction managers

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Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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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.

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.

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Skills Shortage

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Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website:

BuildForce Canada website:

Calgary Construction Association website:

Professional Home Builders Institute (PHBI) website:

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Updated Mar 31, 2015. 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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