Study to be a construction site supervisor

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

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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)


Study location(s)

MIT TechPark

Level 4
Domestic fees

$3,200 (approx.)

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

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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*)

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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).

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 4 August 2022. 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 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. 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 and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.