Recognition for supervisors

Strong supervision skills are key to any construction project. Among other duties, supervisors must lead work crews, communicate effectively, motivate, deal with performance issues and be well-informed on safety and due diligence.

Though it’s an important and highly specialized area of work, there is currently no national certification to recognize first level construction industry supervisors’ skills and experience. Until now that is.

The CSC is developing a national First Level Supervisor certification program. The model consists of training, on-the-job experience, a code of conduct and successful completion of a national exam.

The goal is to provide employers with a tool to assist them in hiring qualified supervisors and to provide qualified supervisors with the recognition they deserve. With nationally recognized credentials, construction supervisors will also have the option of working anywhere in Canada.

The program is in development, being guided by an industry committee. Look for more on this later.

Visit the CSC’s website,, to find a range of materials that detail the knowledge and skills required by a First Level Supervisor as defined by the National Occupational Analysis (NOA). These include an essential skills workbook and self-assessment guide as well as a brochure, “Setting the Standard across Canada,” and a training provider’s guide on the NOA.

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