Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (GradCertProfSupervision) is an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate. It is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in ministry/theology or an allied helping profession who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision focuses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious and/or non-profit and/or community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church, or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Prior to May 2020 this award was known as the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision.

This award is not approved for CRICOS study.

Course Details

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision requires:

  • Satisfactory completion of a three-year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies);
  • OR in the field of social work, social science, counselling, or psychology; AND
  • Have at least 5 years professional experience within a helping profession and a recommendation from their employer, professional association, or ordaining body.


English Proficiency

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of at least 7.0 with no subtest below 6.5.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision requires the completion of the following four *compulsory units

  • C8170 Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
  • P8105 Foundations of Ethical Professional Practice
  • C8175 Pastoral Supervision Practicum
  • And one other from the units prescribed in Schedule 1


* If compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision, they are to be replaced with one or two appropriate elective units.


Graduates will have:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision so as to develop high quality practitioners amongst their  supervisees and thus uphold professional/community standards of best practice.
  • an ability to use evidence-based frameworks to critique their own practice and the practice of their supervisees.



Graduates will demonstrate advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills so that they are to:

  • analyse and evaluate various forms of informations (e.e., professional, lived-experience), so as to completely apply a range of supervisory interventions;
  • help supervisees analyse, generate and develop solutions to complex problems;
  • transmit knowledge, skills coherently to supervisees;
  • take-on the various roles required of a supervisor including the application of pastoral skills.


Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates their:

  • autonomy
  • well-developed professional judgement (i.e., acumen)
  • adaptability to the needs of their supervisees,
  • professional and community responsibilities.
Credit and Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 9 cps in the Graduate Certificate of Professional Supervision.


Special consideration for credit (up to 18 cps) may be given to Clinical Pastoral Education students if the Student Support and Administration Committee deems any CPE units on the Sydney College of Divinity Register of Units as equivalent to the units required for this Course.


Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Sydney College of Divinity award.


Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Supervision or the Master of Professional Supervision.

This award is not approved for CRICOS study.
The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.


A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or the equivalent in a trimester. Sydney College of Divinity offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering Sydney College of Divinity awards, whilst enrolled with one college.


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