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



$1,090 - $1,430






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 must be working in a supervisory role in the construction industry to undertake this course.

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

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.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 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
  • Level 3 or 4 qualification in planning and construction.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional 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

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.