Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision
Level 8

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision

  • We are evolving

    From 2023, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of
    Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. See more here.

  • Locations and dates


    1 March 2023
  • Study options

    Full-time and part-time study options available

  • Length

    20 weeks full-time consisting of 16 teaching weeks and 4 weeks of study breaks

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $3,536 plus $120 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Professional supervisors assist other professionals with work place issues in a safe and confidential space.

What is professional supervision?

Supervision is an inquiry into practice. It is a compassionate appreciative inquiry….. In supervision we re-write the stories of our own practice….supervision interrupts practice. It wakes us up to what we are doing. When we are alive to what we are doing we wake up to what is, instead of falling asleep in the comfort stories of our clinical routines. (Ryan, 2004:44)

Learn to guide others in competent and accountable practice. Professional supervision is about learning through reflection. 

Is this programme for me?

This programme will provide you with the skills to become a professional supervisor to others in your profession or enhance your skills in a management position in any professional field.

This programme is designed to extend and deepen your professional knowledge and skills in the fields of management, education, social practice and health including:

  • Teaching
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Counselling
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy

"I would highly recommend this programme to anyone who is interested in becoming a professional supervisor. This was a beneficial, interactive programme that recognises the individuality and strengths each person brings.  It is well structured and gave me a broad overview of professional supervision. The tutors were also extremely encouraging and very supportive." Jane W, 2017 graduate

Can I keep working full time while I study this one year programme?

The workshop nature of this programme is designed to enable you to fit your learning alongside your full time work commitments. Six workshops are held throughout the course of the year and take place on Thursdays and Fridays, as laid out in the structure and timetable information below. The workshops can easily be fitted into a long weekend break in Nelson, if studying while living and working elsewhere.

This nationally recognised postgraduate programme offers learning opportunities to enable you to develop, enhance and inform your practice whilst continuing to work in your current employment or private practice. 

What will I learn?   

You will develop knowledge and skills in supervision, learn to define the scope of supervision in a variety of fields of practice and critically evaluate its practice in professional, organisational, cultural, ethical and legal contexts.

You will critically examine a range of supervision theories and approaches and develop a well-integrated supervision framework to inform your supervision practice.

"As skills in our chosen profession grow, we are often called on to provide supervision for others. The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision gives another layer of skill to add to the kete, enabling us to maximise our professional experience through competently facilitating reflection, growth and support for those we supervise." - Shelly 2016 graduate








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