Course Content

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.
  • Participants will receive a Participant’s Manual with information on each course and instructor’s use an Instructor’s Guide, with PowerPoint presentation for each unit.

Course Descriptions

Unit 1: Leadership and Motivation (6th Edition)

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

Unit 1 explores:

  • Dollars and sense of people in construction
  • The role of the construction supervisor
  • Helping people perform better
  • Motivating others
  • Leading others
  • You get what you expect
  • Positive feedback
  • Training and orienting crew members
  • Teams and team building
  • Leadership skills in action

Instructor’s Guide: Item No. 7002

Participant’s Manual: Item No. 70021

Unit 2: Oral and Written Communication (5th Edition)

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.

Unit 2 explores:

  • Effective communication
  • Supervisors as effective communicators
  • Learn to listen
  • Carrying on conversations
  • Persuasion, negotiation, and confrontation
  • Communicate with your crew
  • Put it in writing
  • Meetings that work
  • Electronic communication
  • Improving communication

Unit 3: Problem Solving and Decision Making (6th Edition)

This course will help construction supervisors identify problems and how they occur and learn techniques for solving them in the construction industry. Supervisors will learn how to use the decision making process and the important considerations to take into account.

Unit 3 explores:

  • Problems in the construction industry
  • Establishing a problem solving environment
  • Human performance problems
  • The problem identification process
  • The decision making process
  • Labor costs and subcontractors
  • Effective production planning
  • Production process improvement
  • Project-wide applications
  • Risk, emergencies, and crisis situations

Unit 4: Contract Documents and Construction Law (6th Edition)

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.

Unit 4 explores:

  • 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

Unit 5: Planning and Scheduling (5th Edition)

This course will help construction supervisors understand the important role that planning and scheduling plays in the successful completion of a construction project.

Unit 5 explores:

  • Introduction to planning and scheduling
  • 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

Unit 6: Understanding and Managing Project Costs (5th Edition-October 2009)

This course covers understanding the pre-construction process and how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated, and how to control costs to meet the estimate.

Unit 6 explores:

  • Introduction to understanding and managing project costs
  • Construction estimates
  • Who controls project costs
  • Reporting and analyzing actual costs
  • Planning for cost control
  • Cost control strategies
  • Labor cost variances
  • Managing risk and loss potentials
  • Working with project partners
  • Post-project evaluations

Unit 7: Accident Prevention and Loss Control (7th Edition)

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

Unit 7 explores:

  • Introduction to site safety and health management
  • Safety leadership, motivation, and empowerment
  • Planning for site safety
  • Site safety management
  • Site security and protection
  • Multi-employer safety
  • Construction risk management
  • Safety and Human Resources
  • Regulatory procedures, record keeping and documents
  • Using and understanding reference material and advisory resources

Unit 8: Managing the Project—The Supervisor's Role (7th Edition)

This course is intended to assist supervisors in understanding the relationship between the roles and responsibilities of project managers and project supervisors.

Unit 8 explores:

  • Understanding project delivery systems
  • Managing information
  • Understanding and managing risk
  • Planning the work
  • Working the plan
  • Managing methods and materials
  • Understanding finances
  • Working with project partners
  • Understanding people
  • Understanding corporate polices/procedures

Unit 9: Productivity Improvement (4th Edition)

This course 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.

Unit 9 explores:

  • Benchmarking construction productivity
  • Improving productivity through pre-planning
  • "MORE" - Four new skills for effective supervision
  • Personnel management
  • Equipment management for productivity improvement
  • Jobsite productivity, planning, and scheduling
  • Managing subcontractors
  • Quantifying lost labor productivity
  • Record keeping, control, changes, and defect analysis

Unit 10: General and Specialty Contractor Dynamics (1st Edition)

This course studies the role construction supervisor's play in construction systems.

Unit 10 explores:

  • Construction systems
  • Contractual relationships
  • Value, impact, and quality of specialty contractors
  • Selecting a specialty contractor
  • Importance of open communication
  • Plans and specifications
  • Mobilization
  • Time management
  • Productivity
  • Project closeout

Construction Supervisor Overview Unit (7th Edition)

This course is an overview course focused on building construction for new supervisors or those wishing to become supervisors.

This unit explores:

  • Attributes of a construction supervisor
  • Company responsibilities
  • Accident prevention and loss control
  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Productivity improvement
  • Cost awareness
  • Contract documents
  • Construction supervisor reflections

Heavy/Highway Construction Supervisor Overview Unit (3rd Edition)

This course is an overview course focused on heavy/highway construction for new supervisors or those wishing to become supervisors.

This unit explores:

  • Attributes of a heavy/highway construction supervisor
  • Company responsibilities
  • Accident prevention and loss control
  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Productivity improvement
  • Cost awareness
  • Contract documents
  • Construction supervisor reflections

Instructor’s Guide: Item No. 7001

Participant’s Manual: Item No. 70011