New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision) (Level 5)

Are you currently working as a construction supervisor? Maybe you have building and construction experience and want to move into a supervisory role. This one year, part-time qualification formalises your skills and enhances your career options in the commercial construction industry.

- THIS PROGRAMME IS CURRENTLY CLOSED but please register your interest and we'll be in touch at the next available intake -

With the choice of online real-time classes or campus classes, held together once a month, it’s an easy way to upskill and future-proof yourself.

This Level 5 certificate is aimed at qualified carpenters and builders who have completed the Level 4 certificate and want to move into a more office-based, client-focused contract supervisor role overseeing multiple construction sites. It's also suitable for those who are already in a supervisory role and wish to gain a qualification.

This course focuses on technical aspects of the trade like construction principles, weathertightness, supervision and procurement, and construction methods.

You’ll learn all the supervisory aspects when installing ground retention systems, structural precast concrete units, trademarked ceiling and wall systems, and non-structural exterior systems.

Content Details

  • Concrete construction methods and weatherproofing
  • Building construction methods and order list
  • Ground retention systems and sub-trades
  • Non-structural exteriors and ceiling and wall systems


You attend class one day per month, 8.00am to 4.30pm and one optional tutorial night per month from 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

A timetable detailing the specific days of class will be supplied to you when you enrol.

Indicative Fees

Domestic students $1,643.00

International students $9,477.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision) (Level 5)

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Existing knowledge and skills in the trade that you will be supervising
  • National Certificate in Construction Trades (Supervisor) Level 4
  • People who have met the requirements of the Compulsory section of the National Certificate in Construction (Supervision) Level 5 are exempt from these prerequisite requirements

Special Admission

Toi Ohomai will consider students for special admission who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme but who, in the opinion of the Programme Co-ordinator, are capable of achieving the programme outcomes


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.