Construction Manager Registration

Registration Information

A construction manager is an entity, which may be an organization, team of organizations, or individual, with the expertise and resources to provide construction management services. This entity is working for a fee for the project owner. The manager's duties are to supervise and coordinate the work of design professionals and multiple prime contractors while allowing the design professionals and contractors to control individual operations and the manner of design and construction. Construction management is the process of professional management applied to a construction project from the project inception to completion for the purpose of controlling time, cost, scope, and quality. All contracts for design or any construction services are directly with the owner and not with the construction manager. The construction manager provides professional services to the owner by organizing the effort, develops the management plan, monitors the participants' progress against the plan, and identifies actions to be taken in the event of deviance from the plan.

In order to be a construction manager, you must be licensed as a South Carolina general or mechanical contractor, architect, or engineer. The applicant seeking to be listed as a construction manager must designate one of the aforementioned licenses to qualify for the practice as a construction manager. An architect or engineer licensed in South Carolina who is monitoring the execution of design plans or who is performing as an on-site representative for construction quality assurance, or both, for a project owner is not considered a construction manager as defined in the Chapter 11. Architects and engineers may not lawfully assume the role of a general or mechanical contractor as defined in the Code unless properly licensed pursuant to the Code. Construction managers must not perform design work themselves unless properly licensed as an architect or engineer. Construction managers may hire or terminate the various design professionals and prime contractors with the direction and approval of the owner.

Entities performing construction and construction management work on the same project must be treated as general or mechanical contractors rather than construction managers and must be licensed as general and/or mechanical contractors.

Any entity currently licensed with the State of South Carolina that has a general, mechanical, architect, or engineer's license and performs construction management work in this state must submit to the board a letter of intent to be a construction manager. The entity must also submit a financial statement to meet the financial requirements as set forth in Section 40-11-260.

In conclusion, construction managers apply and integrate comprehensive project controls to manage the critical issues of time, cost, scope, and quality. They are employed to meet the owner's specific needs and interests in the project.

If you meet the requirements for registration and want to be listed as a construction manager, please download the application from this link, Construction Manager Registration Application, Doc #120.

How to Apply

Doc #120 – Construction Manager Registration Application

Financial Statement/Bond Requirements for Licensure:

Groups 1 and 2 - Owner Prepared financial statement with an affidavit of accuracy, Doc #172, Owner-Prepared Financial Statement (Note: please download and save this document to your computer prior to inputting data); or a Surety Bond Form for General Contractors / Surety Bond Form for Mechanical Contractors

Groups 3 and 4 - Financial statement compiled by a licensed CPA or a licensed PA in accordance with GAAP, including all disclosures required by GAAP or a Surety Bond Form for General Contractors / Surety Bond Form for Mechanical Contractors

Group 5 - Financial statement audited by a licensed certified public accountant or a licensed public accountant in accordance with GAAP, including all disclosures required by GAAP; or a Surety Bond Form for General Contractors / Surety Bond Form for Mechanical Contractors


The fee for a Construction Manager Registration Certificate is $10.00, payable to the "SCCLB" (SC Contractors Licensing Board). If applying for both a General and a Mechanical Construction Manager Registration, you must submit $10.00 for each certificate.