Study to be a construction site supervisor for free^

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4)

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, this programme is now free^. For terms and conditions, more information, and other programmes covered by this scheme, click here.

Due to high demand, we recommend applying early.

Programme highlights

Are you working in the construction industry and ready to take the next step in your career?

Learn the skills you need to get a job supervising and managing construction sites.

You will learn practical skills in:

  • Time management
  • Employment law
  • Health and safety planning
  • Reading and understanding contracts.

This qualification is also for anyone already working as a supervisor who wants to get their skills recognised.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT TechPark

Level 4
Domestic fees


Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ2381

Part-time for 1 year (34 teaching weeks)

The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 3 years.

Study method

One night per week

Credits 58
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4)

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:


Applicant will either hold trade qualifications at Level 3 or above from the Planning and Construction field; and

Be employed in the planning and construction industry.

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be accepted on order of application.

English language entry requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English.

Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency.

Other entry requirements

Applicants must be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme, by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely in a trade workshop/ workplace/worksite, at height or in confined spaces.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below three courses (58 credits):

214.301 Communications in a Construction Environment (14 Credits)

Manage interpersonal conflict. (6 credits)

Give construction-related oral instructions. (4 credits)

Write construction-related communications. (4 credits)

214.421 Construction Business Operations (16 credits)

Apply time management concepts and methods in business situations. (3 credits)

Describe an employment relationship and the application of employment law to that relationship. (3 credits)

Prepare construction programme outline for a project. (6 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of contract drawings, specifications and quantity lists for a building. (4 credits)

214.502 Construction Management (28 credits)

Explain and implement site safety plan procedures for construction activities. (8 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of administration processes and procedures for construction work. (10 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge and apply principles of supervision on a construction site. (10 credits)

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the trades calendar.

Career opportunities

Supervisor and management of staff engaged in construction activity on a building site. It may also form the qualification required to cover supervision and the integration of restricted work in Site 1 of the Building Practitioner's Licence.

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Further training or study

This certificate could lead to further study at diploma or degree level in the field of Management, Quantity Surveying, Architectural Technology or any other building and construction related fields.

MIT offers New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervisor) (Level 5).

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Visit for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet any other entry criteria as required. Some costs may also apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation.