Construction Supervision Fundamentals Course (CSF)
The Construction Supervision Fundamentals Course (CSF), created by AGC of America, is designed to specifically meet the needs of the construction industry. The CSF Course is designed for aspiring front line leaders who are looking to learn the entry level management skills to lead construction activities. This course is the first step in the path to develop construction supervisors, allow for the building trades and craft workers to experience construction supervision techniques first-hand, and create a professional development plan to achieve personal career goals.
This highly interactive course presents basic information about the skills and knowledge needed for successful construction supervision. The 25 hour in-seat course consists of nine sessions. Students who complete Sessions 1 through 9 receive a certificate of completion.
Session 1: Team Management
This session identifies basic management functions and responsibilities of construction companies and how supervisors effectively manage the relationship dynamics between employees, supervisors, contractors, suppliers, and others that are part of each project team.
Session 2: Project & Team Leadership
This session introduces learners to construction supervision and provides learners with tools that will help them organize and acclimate to the challenges of construction supervision. It provides basic leadership and motivation principles as well as an introduction to leadership styles that will help them build relationships with others.
Session 3: Communication Skills
This session is designed to help learners understand the importance of effective communication and emphasizes sorting, facilitating, and managing the flow of information that construction supervisors encounter in their daily work.
Session 4: Time Management & Project Scheduling
This session presents information about planning, scheduling, and effectively managing time. Supervisors are expected to carefully plan work so that it is completed within the constraints of the budget and the schedule. This session provides learners with several tools that will help them accomplish these goals.
Session 5: Risk Management
This session gives learners a chance to reflect upon the information presented in this course and apply what they have learned on their jobsites.
There is a self-assessment tool that will help them determine the strengths and weaknesses in their supervisory skills and knowledge. Using that information and career information from this session, they will develop a one-year and a five-year career development plan, and review those plans with a mentor from their company.
Construction supervisors must actively think about risk, hazards, and safety throughout their daily activities. They must understand that there are risks involved in construction projects. Supervisors must learn how hazards and hazardous conditions create economic and human consequences. This session presents information about how to eliminate or reduce/manage these conditions that affect the health and safety of their workers and the financial stability of their company.
Session 6: Construction Law & Contract Documents
In this session learners will study the definition of contract and peripheral documents used on a construction project. They will learn that various documents have specific roles and functions and facilitate relationships between contractual parties. They will understand their role in controlling quality, time and cost, and how they can help to avoid or resolve disputes on a project.
Session 7: Problem Resolution
This session is designed to help learners understand the importance of problem identification and resolution. Coupled with skill in making the appropriate decision at the right time, supervisors will be successful. Their decisions directly impact the people and work they supervise. This session presents a logical, sequential and analytical method of identifying problems, seeking opportunities, and deciding on effective solutions.
Session 8: Productivity & Cost Control
In this session learners will study cost awareness, cost control, and productivity on their projects. Every supervisor should be able to use unit costs to determine budgetary information.
Session 9: Skills Development
For more detailed information about CSF, visit the AGC of America CSF Webpage.
For more information, contact Sarah Wright at or (314) 678-1401