HRETDs Construction Team Supervisor training course details
Construction Team
SAQA unit standard: 262845
Field: Physical Planning and Construction
NQF level:  04 (5 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Ten learners
Novice training duration: Four days
Remedial training duration: One day
HRETDs Construction Team Supervisor training course details
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Fleet logistics and
defensive driver
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Apply quality principles
Construction Regulations 2014
Construction site flagman
Construction team supervision
Excavation safety inspection
Ladder inspection
Site safety awareness
Working at heights
Health and safety
Working at heights
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools

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Included in this mutimedia training programme Congrats! Being appointed as a Construction Team Supervisor is a significant step, but it comes with its share of responsibilities. HRETD's course prepares you for this vital role by covering topics such as project management, team leadership, and safety compliance. The curriculum is reinforced with multimedia aids like progress quizzes, videos, and case studies to ensure a thorough understanding.

Lead with Confidence. Effective supervision requires a blend of technical know-how and interpersonal skills. Our course addresses both aspects, offering modules on task delegation, conflict resolution, and time management. Through real-world scenarios and role-playing exercises, participants will learn to make informed decisions, communicate clearly, and resolve issues efficiently.

Ensure Operational Excellence. Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded a CETA-accredited certification, attesting to their competency in construction team supervision. This course is essential for those looking to enhance both their leadership skills and their team's performance, contributing to a safer and more productive construction environment.

Construction site safety training

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Occupational health and safety

Course content

Introduction to Supervision

In this section, we delve into the intricacies of the construction industry, discussing its current trends, challenges, and governing regulations. We outline the pivotal responsibilities and expectations that define the role of a Team Supervisor. Participants will also gain insights into the dynamics of team behaviour, understanding the individual roles and stages of team development that are essential for effective leadership and management in construction settings.

Recruitment and Induction

This module focuses on the adherence to site and HR policies during recruitment and selection. Learners will understand how to implement unbiased selection criteria and ensure new team members undergo comprehensive induction, covering both organisational information and job-specific training.

Project Management Basics

Here, we explore the essentials of project management, tailored for the complexities of the construction environment. We discuss the critical phases and milestones that make up a project's lifecycle, providing practical knowledge for effective scheduling and planning. Special emphasis is placed on tools like Gantt charts for managing timelines. Additionally, we examine best practices for allocating resources, such as labour, material, and equipment, to ensure a project's success.

Safety and Compliance

Safety is paramount in the construction industry. In this part of the training, we focus on establishing and enforcing site safety protocols, including the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and what to do in emergencies. We also discuss the legal obligations supervisors must adhere to, particularly in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Communication and Leadership

Effective communication and leadership are vital skills for any Team Supervisor. In this section, we chat about various forms of communication, both verbal and written, and how they can be employed effectively on the construction site. Conflict resolution techniques and best practices for maintaining a harmonious workplace are also discussed. Furthermore, we explore various leadership styles, such as adaptive, transactional, and transformational, and how they can be applied in different scenarios.

Team Motivation and Performance Monitoring

This particular segment is designed to provide learners with a comprehensive set of techniques for fostering a positive and motivating work environment within their construction teams.


Participants will learn to identify the skills and tools required for team members to perform competently. On-the-job coaching techniques are taught, and learners are instructed on how to communicate developmental needs to immediate supervisors.

Disciplinary and Grievance Handling

This module ensures learners understand how to adhere to Labour Legislation in the workplace. Site and HR policies around discipline are covered, along with practical approaches to addressing and resolving team grievances.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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Training programme accreditation

This training programme is aligned to the Construction Education Training Authority (CETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 262845: Supervise construction teams.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent, the candidate will receive a certificate of competence that is valid for a period outlined in policy of the company they are employed by, or the policy of the company their employer is sub-contracted to. If unspecified the default validity will be set at two years in line with South African industry norms.

SAQA credits allocation

In addition to being certified competent, candidate who have completed the required notional hours, and if enrolment procedures have been adhered to, will receive the allocated contributing credits towards an applicable national qualification, as well as a statement of results.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training. John, a construction team supervisor, was keen on implementing quality principles on his construction site. One day, a scaffold erecting and dismantling supervisor named Sarah joined the team. They had a quick meeting on planned task observations, as they aimed to apply quality control meticulously. The supervisory skills John had acquired in his training courses proved effective as he managed the team smoothly. An incident occurred when they started to operate pan compactors and trench compactors. Safety was their top priority, and they had a fire and evacuation marshal named Tim, as well as a fall protection planner named Emily. Both had gone through rigorous task observation training and were adept at safety monitoring. Suddenly, a fall arrest situation happened. A worker named Jack was dangling from the scaffold. Emily, the fall protection planner, initiated the protocols while Tim, the fire and evacuation marshal, cleared the area. Another team member, trained as a fall arrest rescue technician, sprung into action and rescued Jack efficiently. The next day, the management decided to elevate the role of the fire and evacuation marshal and the fall protection planner, to include teaching supervisory skills and management skills to all staff. It was crucial to maintain standards, including those for scaffold erection, soil compaction, and machinery operation. In the end, John felt proud of his team's swift actions and appreciated how every member's training in areas like conflict resolution, construction safety, and task safety played a role in averting a crisis. The management, impressed by the team's performance, decided to engage Sarah, the scaffold supervisor, to oversee scaffold dismantling as well. Sarah had significant scaffolding skills and had completed courses in leadership training and employee supervision. She was an expert at operating heavy machinery, including the trench compactors. John's team was also responsible for off-road 4x4 driving techniques, heavy vehicle defensive driving, and AARTO system regulations. Given the mix of terrains they had to navigate to reach different construction sites, these skills were essential. They even had courses for light delivery vehicles and motorcycle defensive driving for delivery staff. With AARTO system training, they made sure that professional drivers understood the legal obligations and safety requirements, particularly for fleet managers. To address the challenge of securing heavy machinery for transport, they had a specialized training session on lowbed securement best practices. A team member, Mark, was excellent at maintaining customer relations, a skill he acquired through specific training programs. As the team expanded, pre-employment professional driver evaluations were introduced. This helped in assessing the driving skills of new recruits, which was crucial for maintaining construction site safety. Economic driving skills were taught to make the best use of fuel, reducing operational costs. Their training programs also catered to expats, offering RSA roads orientation, anti-hijacking techniques, and risk mitigation. They even included a unique program focusing on defensive driving for gravel roads. The last addition to their training curriculum was a special course on economic driving skills and techniques to help save fuel and reduce emissions. One day, they received a big project that required additional skilled workers. Luckily, John had undergone supervisory training, enabling him to manage even larger teams effectively. The project was a big success, and it was all thanks to their diverse skill set, continuous training, and excellent supervisory skills. The team felt a sense of accomplishment, knowing their comprehensive training—from 4x4 driving techniques to construction equipment operation—made them versatile and effective in their roles.
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