A professional builder is a general building work contractor who can put your whole project together. The builder will assume complete responsibility for the work contracted and give you a warranty once completed.
In other words, a professional builder’s role entails the following:
An extensive business network of suppliers, trades, installers and experts that they draw on as required for a construction project.
Understanding of the technical aspects of construction in detail and knowing how houses work. They can assess a construction project and explain what is involved, as well as identify potential problems and provide solutions.
Advice on the most suitable approach if a project requires design services, and recommendations for a design professional if needed. Some professional builders offer both design and construction services. Alternatively, some builders are experienced in working with architects or building designers.
Extensive knowledge of and experience using the latest products and materials. They keep up-to-date and can help clients make the selections that will work best for their project and budget.
Familiarity with the building and construction regulations and codes in your area and how the system works.
Consultation with you to determine the right budget for your project. They know through experience the cost of materials and labour and therefore are in the best position to offer realistic cost effective construction, to achieve your project goals.
The ability to organize and manage a project – scheduling workers, trades and delivery of materials; keeping track of expenses; maintaining a clean and safe work site; and minimizing the inconvenience to clients. When necessary, they know how to deal with the unexpected and the surprises that sometimes occur on a construction project.
Now that you are familiar with the role of a professional builder, your next concern should be how to become one so that you can quickly land yourself a job in Nigeria’s growing construction industry.
How to Become a Professional Builder in Nigeria
The building profession is just like any other profession in Nigeria. There is a big difference between having a career in the building industry and being a professional builder. The fact that you have a degree in Building, Civil Engineering or any other related course or the fact that you have been handling building contracts and jobs does not qualify you as a professional builder.
Just as being a practicing accountant of a firm or possessing a degree in Accounting doesn’t qualify you as a professional accountant until you become a Chartered Accountant with ICAN. A similar process is also required to become a professional builder in Nigeria.
So to land your dream job quickly in Nigeria’s growing construction industry, here’s how you can become a professional builder in Nigeria;
1. Get an Academic Qualification
Your first step is to obtain a relevant academic qualification by pursuing any building and construction related program from any Nigerian university or polytechnic either in the ND or HND categories.
According to the Nigerian Institute of Building [NIOB], the professional body responsible for certifying professional builders in Nigeria, at present there are over eleven (11) Universities offering B.Sc Building Programme and about twenty (20) Polytechnics offering National (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) Building programmes in Nigeria.
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State
University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State
University of Jos, Plateau State
Abubabar Tafawa Belewa University, Bauchi State
Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State
Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State
University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
Enugu State University of Science & Technology, Enugu State
Imo State Unversity, Owerri, Imo State
Federal University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State
Ondo State University Akungba, Ondo State
Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State
Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port-Harcourt
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State
Bells University, Otta, Ogun State
Covenant University, Otta,Ogun State
Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji, Arekeji, Osun State
Caleb University, Lagos
Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State
Federal Polytechnic,Bida, Niger State
Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State
Federal Plytechnic, Kaura Namoda
Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa
Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, Borno State
The Polytechnic, Calabar, Cross Rivers State
The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State
The Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State
Katsina State Polytechnic,Katsina
Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja,Niger State
Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu
Yaba College of Technology, Lagos
Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State
Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State
Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna
Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State
Kano State Polytechnic, Kano
Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Kwara State
Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos State
Our Saviour Institute of Science , Agriculture and Technology, Enugu
Osun Stae College of Technology, Esa-Oke
Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Afikpo
2. Apply for a Graduate Membership
Graduates of relevant building programs from the higher institutions listed above can become graduate members of NIOB. You must also undergo a training period under the supervision of a fully registered builder and pass the appropriate examinations of The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) and the interview of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) before attaining full professional status.
3. Become a Non-Academic Qualified Member
If you don’t have relevant academic qualifications, you can become a professional builder by engaging the professional examinations of the NIOB which are normally taken during the first week of June and December every year.
A successful candidate with the professional qualifications of MNIOB [Member of Nigerian Institute of Builders] can register with CORBON after fulfilling all conditions specified in the ACT and can now practice fully as a “Fully Registered Builder”.
The Employment Opportunities for Professional Builders in Nigeria
Now that you’ve known how to become a professional builder, your employment opportunity lies in the following broad sectors of the Nigerian economy:
Commercial, Merchant and Mortgage Banks/Finance-Houses/Insurance;
Oil and Gas Companies;
Building and Engineering Manufacturing Industries;
Property Development Companies,
Building Construction Companies
Private Consultancy firm of Builder practices
Federal and State Ministries and parastatals
Urban and Regional Planning Board and Local Planning Authorities in all the States of the Federation
Nigerian Armed Forces: Army, Naval, Air Force
Nigerian Customs Services
Nigerian Prison Services
Academic Sector: as Lecturers, Staff of Works, and Services Departments
And if you would rather be your own boss than work for someone else, you can start up your own construction business offering the following building consultancy services as a professional builder;
Building Production Management
Building Maintenance Management
Project Monitoring and Evaluation
Arbitration, Mediation and Expert Witness
Reactivation of abandoned projects
Feasibility and Viability Studies
Litigation and Arbitration, Variation and Fluctuation
Culled from Nairaland.com