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

It's great being the boss – but it’s even better when you know the most effective way of getting the job done and have the qualification to prove it!

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

This qualification suits anyone who has been working in the construction industry and has moved up to a site supervisor role or who wants to take this step. Plumbers, painters, carpenters and bricklayers are some examples of the tradespeople who enrol for this course.

You'll learn everything you need to know about leadership and all the vital paperwork and regulations every construction project depends on.

With the opportunity to attend classes either in person on campus, or online (in real time), held twice a month, it’s an easy way to upskill and future-proof yourself.

The course focuses on time management and planning, workplace communication, contract administration, business systems, taxation and supervision processes.

You’ll learn to implement site safety plans, manage specifications and quantity lists, meet employment regulations and manage conflict so you can coordinate sub-contractors to ensure each project is completed on time and meets the required standards.

Content Details

Time Management and Planning
Time management concepts and methods in business situations, implementing site safety plan procedures, contract drawings, specifications and quantity lists.

Workplace Communications
Employment relationships, employment law, managing interpersonal conflict, and providing oral and written construction-related communications.

Contract Administration & Supervision Processes
Administration processes and procedures for construction work, and principles of supervision on a construction site.


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: 17 weeks

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

This is a part-time programme. You attend class one day per month either in person or online, 8.00am to 4.30pm and one night per month, 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

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

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 fees - please enquire

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 (Supervisor) (Level 4)

Career Opportunities

Supervisory and management roles within the construction industry

Entry Criteria

  • Existing knowledge and skills in the trade that you will be supervising
  • AND any qualification at Level 3 or 4 from the Planning and Construction field
  • OR the demonstration of equivalent knowledge and skills


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 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, 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.