Qualifications for Quality Management professionals in construction industry

Professional world is devided in 2 categories.

The first category includes people who can describe what they do for living in a single word like: Doctor, Lawyer, Nurse, Teacher, Architect, Barber, Cook, Accountant etc.

Usually these are really old professions which are in great demand during any type of crisis (wars, recessions etc) and some people believe that if a kid chooses one of these professions he/she would never be unemployed (or at least the chances of that are not that many).

Then there is another category of professions: those that require more than one word to be described like: Quantitative Analyst, Executive Business Administrator, Social Media Marketer etc.

In these cases, when you are asked what you do for living you probably need about 5-10 minutes to describe it and then probably answer a couple of questions about it.

Well…you guessed right: a Quality Professional working in construction industry belongs to the second category!

Unfortunately, Quality Management isn’t taught in any Civil Engineering School (according to my research at least, but if you know a School or University that has it in their syllabus please let me know).

So, how can somebody working in construction industry (or not) become capable of fulfilling the requirements of a Quality position in a construction project?

Let’s have a look on some of the paths that someone could follow:

  1. Become an ISO 9001 Certified Lead Auditor
  2. Become MCQI-CQP
  3. Become ASQ
  4. Come from an engineering background (ideally from a civil engineering background)

If you want to take another (even more specialised) path in quality control and testing there are obviously tens of other certificates that you could probably obtain according to what you want to do: welding, nuclear, laboratory and materials testing etc.

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Pavlos Inglesis
I am a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng-MICE) and a Chartered Quality Professional (MCQI CQP) working in the construction industry for about 20 years. My specialty is Quality Control and Quality Assurance Management in Construction Projects. I have worked on projects in the Middle East, and Greece and am now based in the UK.

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