Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision
Level 8

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision

  • Fees Free eligible programme

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  • Locations and dates

    No start dates are currently available. Register to be informed when new dates are added.
  • 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

    2020: $3,168 plus $120 Student Services Levy, 2021: $3,230 plus $120 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    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

    3933 - Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision

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 gives you the skills to become a professional supervisor to others in your profession or to enhance your skills in a management position in any professional field.

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

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

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

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

Due to the workshop nature of this programme you can fit it alongside your full time work. The six workshops throughout the year are on Thursdays and Fridays, as laid out in the structure and timetable information below. The workshops can be fitted into a long weekend break in Nelson, if studying while living and working elsewhere.

This nationally recognised postgraduate programme will offer learning opportunities that will 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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