Supervisory Training Program

Supervisory Training Program (STP) training is held at

Four Points by Sheraton BWI Hotel

Cost per attendee, includes all class room materials, breakfast, lunch, coffee/soda breaks.

STP Participants


Designed for early-career construction supervisors and those looking to move into such a role, STP contains 10 units of topices relevant to superintendents and two overview units geared toward building or heavy/highway construction supervisors. Each unit in this program is designed for 25 hours of instruction. STP has been training the construction industry for more than 30 years and has has been the professional development of choice for more than 130,000 supervisors.

STP Overview

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. 
Each unit is divided into ten sessions, each with 2.5 hours of instruction. The structure of the program allows for flexibility so that courses can be taught in several different formats to meet the needs of today’s working professional. Courses do not have to be taken in numerical order. 


Upon successful completion of each individual STP course, participants will receive a course certificate. Course participants who complete STP Units 1-10, can submit an STP Completion Certificate Application to AGC of America in order to receive the AGC STP Certificate of Completion. The two overview courses do not count toward the certificate. Courses do not have to be taken in numerical order


Unit 1: Leadership and Motivation (6th Edition)

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

  • 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 

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.

  •  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

This course will help construction supervisors identify problems and how they occur and learn effective problem-solving techniques. Supervisors will learn how to use the decision making process and acquire skills that will enable them to immediately function more effectively.

  • 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

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


Unit 5: Planning and Scheduling

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

  • Introduction to planning and scheduling 
  • Preparing the project plan 
  • Communicating the plan 
  • The critical path 
  • Computer use in scheduling – part 1 
  • Computer use in scheduling – part 2 
  • 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

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.

  • Introduction to understanding and managing project costs 
  • Construction estimates 
  • Who controls project costs 
  • Reporting and analyzing actual costs 
  • Planning for cost control 
  • Labor cost control 
  • Working with subcontractors 
  • Loss prevention 
  • Cost control strategies 
  • Post-project evaluation  


Unit 7: Accident Prevention and Loss Control

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

  • Introduction to site safety and health management 
  • 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 
  • Reference material and advisory resources 


Unit 8: Managing the Project The Supervisor's Role

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

  • 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

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.

  • 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

This course examines the role construction supervisors play in managing the relationship between general and specialty contractors and how they function together to achieve project goals and success.

  • 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


Unit CS: Construction Supervisor Overview

This course is an overview of STP Units 1-10 focused on building construction for new supervisors or those wishing to become supervisors.

  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Problem solving – the problem-identification process
  • Problem solving – the decision-making process
  • Cost awareness
  • Planning and organizing
  • Production control
  • Accident prevention and loss control
  • Project documents


Unit HH: Heavy/Highway Construction Supervisor Overview

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

  • 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