New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor).xml New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor)

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programme certificate in construction trades

CertificatePart-time, 1 year (1 evening per week)

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$1,071 - $1,400






Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Not recommended for International Students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


Take a leading role in construction by gaining the skills and knowledge required to act as a supervisor.

You'll develop the expertise to supervise small teams on building sites, including sub-contractors, and to manage projects in a timely way. You'll also learn about 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 building and administration processes
  • applying conflict resolution strategies

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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
  • A Level 3 or 4 qualification in planning and construction

    Pending approval by NZQA

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. ARA literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • 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: Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applications will be processed in the order that they are received. In the event that there are more applications than spaces available on the programme, a waitlist will be maintained.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

Career opportunities

This programme is delivered at Ara to people employed in the industry Completion of this qualification gives you the skills to take on more responsibility on construction projects. You could become a site supervisor or site foreman or even set up your own business.

Study pathways

For further study you could consider the New Zealand Diploma in Construction.