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

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 Otara
(MIT TechPark from mid-2020)
Level 4
Domestic fees $2,900 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NZ2381

One year

Study Method One night per week
Credits 58
International Fees Not Available to International Students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

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.

International students: English Language Entry Requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:

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 will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

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.

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

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the trades calendar.

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 October 2019. 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 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. 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 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.