Northwest College of Construction



Supervisory and management skills directly affect every company’s bottom line!

The Supervisory Training Program (STP) is developed, updated and field-tested by and for contractors. This 6-unit certification program focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective front-line manager of people, schedules, equipment and materials.

Each seminar is offered in a two day format on Friday and Saturday, with the exception of Unit 5 which requires three days to complete and will be offered ThursdayFriday and Saturday. All units are open to new and experienced superintendents, project engineers, project managers, contract administrators, safety officers and anyone who is interested in improving their supervisory skills.

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Date: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thr, Fri, Sat 9/30/19 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Tuition: $2200.00 Books: $1002.00 Registration: $180.00 Total: $3382.00


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Unit 1: Leadership and Motivation
Unit 2: Communication


Date: Fri, Sat 11/15/19-11/16/19 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Location: NWCOC
Tuition: $400.00 Books: $167.00 Registration: $30.00 Total: $597.00


This course will teach the value of effective supervision of workers and improve the construction supervisor's ability to lead and motivate others.

  • The dollars and sense of people in construction 

  • The role of the construction supervisor 

  • Helping people perform better 

  • Motivating and leading others 

  • Positive feedback 

  • Training and orienting crew members 

  • Teams and team building 

  • Leadership skills in action 


Date: Fri, Sat 12/13/19-12/14/19 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Location: NWCOC
Tuition: $400.00 Books: $167.00 Registration: $30.00 Total: $597.00


This course presents a body of knowledge and skills that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their job site. 

  • Effective communication 

  • Learning to listen 

  • Carrying on conversations 

  • Persuasion, negotiation, and confrontation 

  • Communicating with your crew 

  • Putting it in writing 

  • Meetings that work 

  • Electronic communication 

  • Improving communication 


Date: Fri, Sat 1/17/20-1/18/20 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Location: NWCOC
Tuition: $400.00 Books: $167.00 Registration: $30.00 Total: $597.00


This course will help construction supervisors understand ways in which planning and scheduling saves time and money, while increasing quality in the construction process. 

  • Preparing the project plan 

  • Communicating the plan 

  • The critical path 

  • Computer use in scheduling

  • Using the schedule on the jobsite 

  • Updating the construction schedule 

  • The schedule as documentation 

  • Using planning and scheduling


Date: Fri, Sat 2/7/20-2/8/20 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Location: NWCOC
Tuition: $400.00 Books: $167.00 Registration: $30.00 Total: $597.00


This course will provide information about contract documents and construction law to help supervisors recognize the roles and responsibilities of all contracted parties, to develop an understanding of how contract documents can be helpful to solve problems and resolve conflicts, and to develop positive relationships between all parties in the construction process. 

  • Introduction to contract documents and construction law 

  • Creating a positive environment through partnering 

  • Contractual relationships 

  • Contract forms and documents 

  • Managing general conditions 

  • Good documentation practices 

  • Changes 

  • Differing site conditions 

  • Time impacts 

  • Negotiation of resolutions 


Date: Thr, Fri, Sat 3/19/20-3/21/20 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Location: NWCOC
Tuition: $600.00 Books: $167.00 Registration: $30.00 Total: $797.00


This course covers understanding how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated and how to control costs to meet the estimate. This course also details how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of a project. 

  • Construction estimates 

  • Who controls project costs 

  • Reporting and analyzing actual costs 

  • Planning for cost control 

  • Cost control strategies

  • Labor cost variances 

  • Working with project partners 

  • Managing risk and loss potentials 

  • Cost control strategies 

  • Post-project evaluations

  • Benchmarking construction productivity 

  • Improving productivity through pre-planning 

  • New skills for effective supervision 

  • Personnel management 

  • Equipment management for productivity improvement 

  • Jobsite productivity, planning and scheduling 

  • Quantifying lost labor productivity 

  • Record keeping, control, changes, and defect analysis


Date: Fri, Sat 4/24/20-4/25/20 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
Location: NWCOC
Tuition: $400.00 Books: $167.00 Registration: $30.00 Total: $597.00


This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control. 

  • Safety leadership, communication and expectations 

  • Planning for site safety 

  • Site safety management 

  • Site security and protection 

  • Multi-employer jobsite safety 

  • Construction risk management 

  • Safety and human resources 

  • Regulatory procedures, record keeping and documents 


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