Supervisory Training

AGC’s Supervisory Training Program (STP) is a comprehensive six-course program focusing on the knowledge and skills that every supervisor must have to be an effective manager of people, time, equipment and materials. STP is a nationally-recognized training standard that has been the professional development resource of choice for more than 130,000 construction supervisors and managers.

Check out the Supervisory Training Program brochure.

The STP curriculum creates an unmatched learning experience for participants. Every STP course is activity-based, with discussions, case histories, problems and exercises. Participants in STP courses draw upon their field experience and learn by interaction with others from all areas of the construction industry.

Unit 1 – Leadership and Motivation
Unit 2 – Oral and Written Communication
Unit 3 – Planning and Scheduling
Unit 4 – Contract Documents
Unit 5 – Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs
Unit 6 – Risk Management and Problem Solving

Online Training

Each day, decisions made in the field are crucial to the success or failure of every construction project. Supervisory skill—or the lack of it—directly affects every company’s bottom line. AGC’s Supervisory Training Program (STP) is a construction-specific training curriculum developed, updated, and field-tested by and for contractors. Administered by San Diego State University, this comprehensive six-course certificate program benefits anyone on a construction jobsite in a supervisory role—from the new supervisor or foreman to the experienced superintendent who is looking to become a more effective manager of people, time, equipment, and materials.

Unit 1 – Leadership and Motivation (SDSU 201)

This course will describe the value of effective supervision of workers and improve the construction supervisor’s ability to lead and motivate others. It will help you recognize your style of leadership and how to utilize other styles when appropriate.

  • The dollars and sense of people in construction
  • The role of the construction supervisor
  • Helping people perform better
  • Analyzing worker needs to affect motivation; leading others
  • Providing positive feedback to improve job performance, attitudes and abilities
  • Training and orienting crew members
  • Teams and team building
  • Leadership skills in action

Unit 3 – Planning and Scheduling (SDSU 205)

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
  • Preparing bar chart and critical path schedules
  • Computer use in scheduling
  • Using the schedule on the jobsite
  • Updating the construction schedule
  • The schedule as documentation
  • Using planning and scheduling

Unit 5 – Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs (SDSU 206)

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

Unit 6 – Risk Management and Problem Solving (SDSU 203)

This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control. Learn how to avoid barriers to creative problem-solving and how to create a problem-solving atmosphere at the jobsite.

  • 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

Live Courses

Locally, STP courses can be taken through the Northwest College of Construction.


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