Getting the best from the Clerk of Works

After the 2 day course I came to work totally motivated by the trainer; his energy and passion for this field of work is catching! I was engaged for the full 2 days and look forward to further HATC training.

Attended the Understanding the Development Process course.

Michaela Fullalove

Development Officer, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing


This course explains how we get the right quality during the construction phase, the players involved and their responsibilities. The course focuses on the role of the Clerk of Work (CoW) / Construction Inspector. It explains their duties, typical activities and how the Project Manager can get the best from their CoW.

Course Plan

This course covers the following subject areas:

  1. Quality & Quality Management – how much should we spend?
  2. The Main Players & their roles – Employer, Employer’s Agent, Contractor’s Design Manager, Site Manager, Subbie Managers, Building Control Officer, Fire Officer, (Clerk of Works),
  3. The Clerk of Works role responsibilities & powers
  4. The Employer’s powers (under DB11 / DB16)
  5. Clerk of Works activities
  6. Typical problem areas & ICWCI advice
  7. CoW+…how the CoW can help with contract progress.


Duration: 1 day

Intensive interactive learning with exercises. This course is available in both classroom and virtual format.

Suggested Preparation

A comprehensive handout is provided in electronic format.

For future detailed technical reference, delegates may want to buy the Clerk of Works and Site Inspector Handbook, published by the Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate. It is available here.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this module. It is helpful if delegates have attended the Intermediate Development 3: Building contracts, construction & beyond course, or have some experience of working with Clerks of Work / Construction Inspectors.


On completion of this course you will be provided with an HATC certificate.

Neil Clements


Neil has been in the affordable housing sector for most of his career, but also has experience in the contracting market having worked for a main, national, building contractor. He has also worked in the private housing development sector, having spent over 3 years as Development Director for a developer in the South-West.