Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision


Be trained as a safe, competent and skilful Professional Supervisor

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision is a four-unit award, designed to be completed in a single calendar year. One unit will be undertaken in each of trimesters one and two, with an additional unit spanning across both trimesters. During these two trimesters, students are rigorously taught the knowledge, skills and attitudes required as a Professional Supervisor, as well as being supported in their own formation and identify.

Having covered the theory, issues, and ethics of supervision, a final practical unit will be taken in trimester three. The purpose of this unit is to provide real-life, skill-development for the student, while being supervised by an experienced practitioner.

Over the course of the year, students will explore the challenges, roles, tasks, models, skills and identity of a Professional Supervisor.

They will also explore issues pertaining to professional best practice, self-care, ethical discernment, community standards and legal expectations, alongside a range of churchbased practices which may be problematic. In so doing graduate supervisors will be well-placed to guide their supervisees towards effectiveness, to limit risk, to enhance vocation and to uphold the church’s standing in the community.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision is the entry point for the Master of Professional Supervision.

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Number of Units


Duration of Course

0.5 years full-time
2 years part-time

Entry Requirements

All students must have:
• A Bachelor of Ministry, Theology, Social Work, Social Science, Counselling or Psychology, or equivalent qualifications, and
• at least five years of active professional experience within a helping profession, and
• a recommendation from their employer, professional association, or ordaining body for their participation in this training.

Core Units Required

4 core units
/ Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
/ Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice
/ Practice of Pastoral Supervision
/ Pastoral Supervision Practicum


Standard unit: $2,690 (specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

This award is the entry point for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision and Master of Professional Supervision. This can also contribute to multiple other postgraduate awards.