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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (Level 8)


  • Start Dates: Please refer to the module that you wish to enrol in, in the 2017 Postgraduate Health and Social Practice Brochure for individual start dates
  • 1 year part time as students are required to study module 1 in Semester 1 and module 2 in S​emester 2.
  • Fee Guideline: $3,489* (per year)
  • Hamilton City Campus

This programme is designed to extend and deepen professional knowledge and skills in the fields of health and social practice which include: occupational therapy, nursing, midwifery, social work, counselling and human services. It will offer learning opportunities designed to inform your practice and develop valued knowledge in Treaty based practice. You will learn and grow professionally while undertaking interactive and experiential-based education.

The Certificate in Professional Supervision provides a supervision qualification to those practitioners from both health and social services who wish to work in this area of independent and specialised practice. It will extend your existing qualifications and will allow higher level professional development that is inter-disciplinary. It is relevant to practitioners from a wide range of practice contexts and the resulting inter-disciplinary interaction of health and social services practitioners will enhance and strengthen service delivery in the region.

An interdisciplinary context will enable graduates to extend their capacity for critical and professional/clinical reasoning for specialist practice, leadership, management and supervision in complex professional environments.

This programme will not lead to New Zealand Health or Social Service Professional Registration.

Programme Content

Complete 2 core modules.

  • HSIP810 Professional Supervision 1 (Semester one)
  • HSIP811 Professional Supervision 2 (Semester two)

Graduate Opportunities

The aim of this programme is to provide you with greater capacity to work as a Professional Supervisor, or Private Practitioner, either in your current field or within specialised fields of practice which include: Working with children and youth, the elderly, people with disabilities, refugees and migrants and in the area of mentalhealth. You can become skilled in a new field, or further advance your current specialisation.

You can pathway into the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (Professional Super vision) which provides a programme of learning to develop advanced knowledge and skills for supervision, management, researcher or educator roles.

Entry Criteria

Candidates are required to have gained an undergraduate degree in Health or Social Practice or related discipline. Candidates who do not hold these qualifications may be able to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate best practice in Health and Social Practice.

Candidates whose first language is neither English nor Maori are required to have a score of 7.0 or better in all bands of the International English Language Test Score (IELTS),or equivalent and will be required to demonstrate through a portfolio the likelihood of being able to successfully achieve the programme learning outcomes.

As part of the selection process all candidates will be required to complete a professional disclosure form and supply the names and contact details o f two professional referees. There may be the requirement to attend an individual interview.

Candidates are required to have a minimum of two years post qualifying experience in their professional field of practice (or the equivalent as approved by the selection committee). This is in recognition of the requirement to have consolidated and developed their own practice to a level sufficient to embark in the role of supervisor of others.


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To discuss your pathway options within the programme and what modules would best compliment your area of work, contact the postgraduate team at


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