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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision)

Are you currently working as a Construction Supervisor and need formal recognition, or do you work in construction and would like to move into this role? In this programme, you’ll gain the essential knowledge, skills, and qualification required to work in main contract supervisory roles and enhance your career prospects in the construction industry.

57 (0.475 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July

Programme overview

Upskill and improve your career prospects in construction industries with our Level 5 certificate, perfect if you’re a supervisor looking to gain a qualification in your work, or if you’re a qualified builder who is looking to upskill to construction supervision roles.

In this programme, you’ll learn a broad range of technical, operational and supervisory skills using knowledge applicable to the construction of medium residential and commercial buildings. This includes construction methods, weatherproofing, quality and productivity standards, required safety and more.


  • Flexible around your work - this programme is delivered via evening classes (see the "Classes" section below for classes and timetables) 
  • Improve your job prospects through our nationally developed and recognised certificate
  • Demonstrate and prove you have the skills required for main contract supervision
  • Real-world project applications: you'll be able to apply what you're learning into your work or on actual sites. You will not do any project-based work in this course.

Career Options

  • Main Contract Supervisor
  • Business Owners/Operators

With further training and/or experience when you graduate you may be able to work in residential or commercial construction as:

  • Site Managers
  • Construction Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Contract Managers
  • Qualification and what next

Once you’ve successfully completed this certificate you’ll receive the Level 5 qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision).

From here you will be able to work in main contract supervision roles in construction-related industries and be able to apply for Site License Classes 1 and 2.

As a graduate of this certificate you may wish to undertake further study including diploma or degree level qualifications in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Architectural Technology, or any other building and construction-related fields. Cross-credit into diploma level and reduce the time it takes to complete a diploma qualification (entry requirements apply).

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Have completed New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4), or have evidence of equivalent construction trade knowledge and skills as approved by the Academic Leader

2. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Evidence of equivalent relevant construction trade knowledge and skills
  • Provide evidence of Special Admission or Discretionary Admission

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Building Construction Methods and Order Lists (CIBC5301) 12.0 credits (0.1 EFTS) This course will enable students to apply knowledge and skills in relation to preparing order lists and construction methods for medium buildings
Concrete Structural Units and Weatherproofing (CIBC5302) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will enable students to apply knowledge and skills in relation to structural pre-cast concrete units and the principles and methods to weatherproof buildings.
Ground Retention Systems and Sub-Trades (CIBC5303) 16.0 credits (0.133 EFTS) This course will enable students to apply knowledge and skills in relation to ground retention systems and the supervision of sub-trades
Non-Structural Exteriors and Ceiling and Wall Systems (CIBC5304) 14.0 credits (0.117 EFTS) This course will enable students to apply knowledge and skills in relation to non-structural exterior cladding systems and installation procedures for ceiling and wall systems.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: Applicant must; Have existing knowledge and skills in the trade that they will be supervising, AND The New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor) (Level 4), OR demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


17 WeeksInfo Icon

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $2,747Info Icon $2,747Info Icon
Government tuition subsidy:  $4,863Info Icon $4,863Info Icon
Total: $7,610Info Icon $7,610Info Icon

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $38,753Info Icon
Earnings range $30,712 - $47,749Info Icon
In employment 74%Info Icon
In further study 17%Info Icon
On a benefit 6%Info Icon

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.