Course Overview

Would you like to become a supervisor and lead a team on-site? Get the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a construction supervisor role. 

Choose to specialise in the strand that suits you best. Options include residential building, commercial construction-related trades or the construction-related manufacturing strand.

This part-time course has a blended delivery. You'll learn through online activities, day release classes and/or night classes – meaning you can learn while working. 

Whether you’re working in a supervisor role already, or you are aiming to move in to one, get the skills you need to lead!

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trades Supervision (Level 5)
Locations Rotorua, Taupō, Tauranga
Next intake Mar 2025 View more details
Study options

1 year part-time

Total credits 70
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $4,191 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • 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.

Topics you'll cover

  • Communication
  • Legislation
  • Health & Safety (including physical and mental wellbeing)
  • 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

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $4,191 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

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, OR
  • a Trade Certificate in a building or construction trade OR have completed an approved apprenticeship, OR
  • have equivalent knowledge and skills.

Students must have achieved NCEA Level 2, OR 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

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

English language requirements

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 24 Mar 2025 Apply now
Taupō Taupō Campus 24 Mar 2025 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 24 Mar 2025 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 year part-time

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