National Certificate in Construction Trades (Supervisor).xml National Certificate in Construction Trades (Supervisor)

Qualifications and courses Study options
programme certificate in construction trades

CertificatePart time - 1 year; 1 evening per week

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$1,100 - $1,350







Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Ensors Road


Discover the skills and knowledge you need to ensure the smooth running of construction projects. With our evening class programme you complete while working in the construction industry.

You will develop the expertise to supervise a small team on building sites including sub-contractors and manage projects in a timely way.

We train you in drawings and specifications, employment relationships, interpersonal conflict, site safety plans and written communication.

By the end of the programme you will be adept at:

  • Communicating effectively with site staff
  • Applying health and safety principles on site
  • Supervising the building and administration processes
  • Applying conflict resolution strategies

This programme is delivered to people who are currently employed in the industry.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 58 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • Prior to enrolling in this programme, students must have completed the award of any qualification at Level 3 or 4 in a construction trade for example National Certificate in Carpentry.

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • Students enrolling in this programme must be currently employed in the construction industry, working in a position that will enable them to provide the necessary evidence to complete the practical assignments.

English requirements
  • IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 in speaking, 6.5
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment form

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about about recognition or assessment of prior learning.

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this national certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

This qualification proves you are ready and capable of taking on more responsibility on construction projects. You could become a site supervisor or a site foreman or even set up your own business.

Study pathways

This qualification leads to the National Diploma in Construction Management (Level 6).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • mathematics
  • design
  • technology
  • woodwork