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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trades Supervision (Level 5)

Level 5

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

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Horowhenua in Levin

Duration: 1 year part-time (36 weeks)
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)

2024 dates TBC

Domestic Fees: *
2024 fees TBC

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

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.

The UCOL New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trades Supervision programme is designed for people already working as construction supervisors or for people who want to move into the role. This programme is offered part-time in a blended delivery mode (online activities, day release classes and/or night classes).

You can select from residential building, commercial construction, construction-related trades and construction-related manufacturing strands to specialise in your area of interest.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 36 weeks, including holiday weeks.

It is delivered part-time over two semesters in a blended delivery/workplace learning model.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Supervisor Level 5 will have the skills to work in a range of supervisory roles in residential and commercial construction sites, including: 
  • Carpentry Site Supervisor
  • Site Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Operations Supervisor/Team Leader
  • Construction Supervisor/Team Leader
  • Operations Supervisor/Team Leader
  • Manufacturing Team Leader
  • Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Production Supervisor
  • Production Team Leader
  • Construction Assistant
  • Construction Coordinator
  • Assistant Project Manager
With further training and/or work experience, you may be able to move into management roles as well.

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

This programme consists of 70 credits. 

  • Communication
  • Legislation
  • Health & Safety (including physical and mental well-being)
  • People Skills (leading and monitoring team members, monitoring skill development)
  • Self-Management
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Practice
  • Social, economic, and environmental sustainability of the building and construction industry

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Learners need to be employed in the construction industry in order to be assessed against practical unit standards. Learners must be in a role where they either already have, or are able to take on, supervisory responsibilities.

The following prerequisites also apply:

Learners 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.

Learners must have achieved NCEA Level 2,
equivalent academic achievement.

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

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international learner applicants.

English language proficiency
International learner applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

Under 20 years of age
In addition to this, international applicants under 20 years of age must have NCEA equivalency.

 Advice & Guidance

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

Learners 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 Te Pūkenga’s student learning support centre for learners who experience difficulty.

Learners must supply their own calculator (scientific type) and drawing equipment (set squares (45 and 60 degree) pencils (H and 2H) soft eraser, compass, and scale rule (1:5, 1:10, 1:20 etc).

It is expected learners will have their own workplace PPE.

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 learner 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 Te Pūkenga 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).

 Additional Costs

Compulsory course costs may apply.


Subject to approval and accreditation.