Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision.xml Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision

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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision

Postgraduate CertificatePart-time up to 2 years

Programme code



March, August





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$3,060 - $3,360



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

About this programme

Gain the expertise needed to supervise others effectively in professional contexts.

Professional supervision is critical in managing and ensuring continuous improvement in service delivery and employee effectiveness and satisfaction. The need for professional oversight is forecast to increase in line with increased risk and compliance factors across a range of sectors.

Created for professionals working in the health, social service and related sectors, this one-year, part-time programme uses a blended delivery method including a series of two-day, face-to-face classes on campus and online activities. It's delivered in two, 30-credit courses designed to be studied sequentially. In the first course (Foundations of Supervision) you'll examine the theoretical underpinnings and models for the application of skills in supervisory practice. In the second course (Developing Supervision Practice) you'll apply the theoretical knowledge and supervision skills to your own supervisory practice.

NB: To undertake this programme you must be able to organise practice in the role of supervisor.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme you can become an external supervisor in private practice, a senior practitioner in professional or multi/interdisciplinary settings, or move into professional management or human resources management.

Study pathways

As a graduate of this programme you can seek entry into Master's-level study, including the Master of Health Science at Ara.

Recommended school subjects

Programme structure

To complete this Postgraduate Certificate you are required to complete 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • An undergraduate degree

Alternative requirements
  • If you do not hold a Bachelor degree you may:

    • provide evidence of having completed a professional qualification; and
    • provide evidence of successful completion of a qualification or programme of study which is equivalent to those of first degree graduates, through the submission of a portfolio of evidence.
Additional requirements
  • In addition you need to:

    • practice in the role of supervisor and/or have access to appropriate colleagues with whom to arrange this practice experience.
    • have two years' work experience relevant to professional supervision/preceptorship or equivalent
    • provide two referee reports
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form.
  • complete an additional requirements form.
  • complete a report on applicant form.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.