National code: RII40720

Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision)

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Overview About this course

Become a qualified civil construction site supervisor and develop the skills needed to lead and supervise teams effectively. Learn about civil works, implementing operational plans and site risk management systems on construction projects, and earn the respect of your industry peers along the way.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Supervise civil works

  • Lead and supervise others

  • Ensure quantity and quality of output

  • Help devise technical solutions to non-routine problems

  • Implement management and operational plans

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Confidence to manage small teams of workers, project budgets, timelines, site safety, and environmental and quality plans

  • The ability to report project outcomes and site construction issues

  • A pathway to further study in the civil construction field

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • That you are employed in the civil construction industry and have a minimum of 3 years relevant experience including conducting site risk assessments and quality checklists as evidenced by a letter from your employer

  • The ability to access at least 300 hours of relevant experience at your place of work over your course duration

  • That you hold a valid general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) as evidenced by providing a copy of your white card

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Intermediate computer skills for emails and computer use

  • Maths skills to determine volumes, areas, weights

  • The ability to read drawings, specifications and longer reports such as environmental, safety and quality reports

  • An understanding of workplace policies such as codes of conduct

  • Experience developing toolbox talks in the industry

  • The ability to work well as part of a team

  • Exposure to risk and hazard assessments on a construction site

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10/12 high school level

  • To set you up for study success and ensure your skills match the demands of your course, TAFE NSW offers you a free Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment. This assessment helps us to work with you to understand your individual study needs, to direct you to the right course for you and to give you the personalised support you need to succeed.

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: civil construction site supervisor, civil construction technical specialist and civil construction asset manager.


A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for any worker who needs to access a construction site. Local regulations should also be checked for requirements. Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card.

Study pathways

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Previous study 0 Courses

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The Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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The Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision) does not have any post-graduate courses.

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The Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision) does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 12 units of competency, including 5 core and 7 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Demonstrate leadership in the workplace BSBLDR411

  • Coordinate business operational plans BSBOPS402

  • Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs BSBWHS411

  • Supervise civil works RIICWM401E

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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