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

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

Level 4

Are you wanting to move into supervisory roles in the construction industry? UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) programme will provide you with the right skills and knowledge required to move upward.

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 41 Weeks

2022 Dates TBC

Domestic Fees: *
Eligible for fees-free until 31 Dec 2022Scholarship info

International Fees:*
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Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) programme is designed for people already working as a construction supervisor, or for people who want to move into the role. The programme is offered in a blended delivery mode (online activities, day release classes and/or night classes).


Don’t miss your chance to study fees-free under TTAF – this free funding closes at the end of 2022!

This programme is eligible for fees-free study under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

You don’t need to apply to access the Fund - just enrol in an eligible 2022 programme, and the Fund will take care of a full year of your programme’s fees, covering up to 31 December 2022.

Get enrolled now! Please contact the info centre for more details. 

 Course Information

This programme consists of 58 credits.

Construction Business Operations (Level 4) (Credits 16)
On successful completion of this course the you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the current use of time and plan for improvements.
  • Apply time management techniques and measures to improve own use of time.
  • Describe different types of employment agreements in terms of their use and content in accordance with legal and organisational requirements.
  • Evaluate and apply construction methodologies to suit the construction sequence and needs of clients and contractors.
  • Develop an outline programme for a construction project that meets industry and contractual requirements.
  • Determine work to be done and quantities of materials required from given contract drawings and building specifications.

Construction Management (Level 5) (Credits 28)
At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the key elements of a site safety plan in accordance with health and safety legislation and requirements.
  • Implement hazard identification/control and emergency procedures in accordance with a site safety plan.
  • Investigate and report on an accident/incident in accordance with a site safety plan.
  • Describe the type and requirements of building contracts, subcontract agreements, standard conditions, tendering documentation and processes used in construction works.
  • Explain and interpret a schedule of quantities used in tendering and construction processes.
  • Describe the monitoring, recording and reporting processes for a construction site in accordance with contract documents and organisational procedure.
  • Describe the duties and responsibilities of key personnel for a construction site operation.
  • Explain the systems and processes for supervising staff and subcontractors for a construction site operation.
  • Supervise site personnel and work activities in accordance with organisational and quality assurance procedures.

Communications in a Construction Environment (Level 4) (Credits 14)
On successful completion of this course the you will be able to:

  • Explain factors that contribute to interpersonal conflict in a construction-related context.
  • Evaluate, select and use strategies to manage situations of interpersonal conflict in a construction-related context.
  • Plan for and give oral instructions to construction-related personnel in accordance with job requirements and worksite practices.
  • Discuss construction-related conflict issue(s) with construction personnel in accordance with worksite practices.
  • Plan and write standard and non-standard construction-related communications in accordance with worksite practices.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Students need to be employed in the construction industry in order to be assessed against practical unit standards. Students must be in a role where they either already have, or are able to take on, supervisory responsibilities.
The following prerequisites also apply:

Students must hold a qualification in carpentry at Level 4, 


a Trade Certificate in a building or construction trade OR have completed an approved apprenticeship,


have equivalent knowledge and skills.

Students must have achieved NCEA Level 2, 


equivalent academic achievement.

Students may also be granted entry to the programme at the discretion of the Executive Dean on a case-by-case basis.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Minimum entry for international students of IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) General or Academic Level 5.5 with no band lower than 5 (or equivalent).

IELTS scores must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

 Advice & Guidance

Students need to be employed in the construction industry throughout the programme to be assessed against practical unit standards in their place of employment. Students must be in a role where they either already have or can take on supervisory responsibilities.

Students will also need to have a suitable person from their workplace (such as their supervisor, manager or another senior person) that can act as a verifier.

To optimise chances of success, it is recommended that students have a minimum of eight credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori (four in reading and four in writing). Assistance is available from UCOL’s student learning support centre for students who experience difficulty.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relevant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.