A Guide to Eligibility in Construction


Construction is a broad industry that spans architecture, engineering, services and the trades. R&D claims for construction companies have attracted a lot of attention from HMRC, so it’s important to get them right.
In this course, we break down ‘Construction’ into areas of specialism. For each one, we look at:
  • the types of companies involved
  • the kinds of work they can claim for
  • trends in technology across the sector
  • examples of work that doesn’t qualify.
We also explain HMRC’s attitude to Construction claims, and highlight red flags to watch out for.

Course aims

Our aim is to help you understand how the Construction industry is organised, and where to find R&D. By the end of the course, you will
  • feel more comfortable talking to Construction clients
  • know when to push back on those who shouldn’t be claiming.


  • Unit 1: Context
  • Unit 2: Architecture & Engineering
  • Unit 3: Construction Services & Trades
  • Unit 4: Summary

Each unit is broken down into a series of 3-6 short videos, with a brief quiz after each one, to test your knowledge.

01: Introduction

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Our Membership

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All our training courses are available to members of The R&D Community. Our monthly subscription includes video-based training courses with full reporting, assessments and oversight for your team.

We also have support services which can help you with tricky eligibility conversations, screening clients and all aspects of claims and enquiries.

Course Stats


minutes of video


assessment questions


verifiable CPD units

18: Identifying good prospects for R&D

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This video highlights the 3 most important things to consider when looking for eligibility in a construction project.

Get extra help with your construction claims


R&D Helpline

As a member of The R&D Community you’ll get access to our R&D Helpline. If you’re working at any stage of a claim and you’re having difficulty you can call, email or WhatsApp us for a second opinion.

We’ll get back to you quickly with an answer, so you can keep making progress. You can ask us about HMRC’s guidance, about the course, about your claim or the report you’re writing, or anything else you need.

If your query is more complex, we’ll talk about our Claim Support options and any other resources you may need.


Claim Support

As a member you also get access to our affordable Claim Support service. For example, if you’re having trouble determining if a construction client is eligible, we can arrange a time to chat with them and help you figure it out.

Or if you’re unfortunate enough to get an enquiry, we can help there too. We can review the claim you submitted and give an opinion on any potential red flags, and the best approach to defending it. You can even ask us to review drafts of your responses to HMRC, to make sure they’re word perfect.