professional supervision

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision


Course details

  • Feb 2021
  • One year
  • Part-time
  • Fees dependent on modules selected
  • Level 8
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • 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 students' practice and develop valued knowledge in Treaty based practice. Students will learn and grow professionally while undertaking interactive and experiential-based education.

The Postgraduate 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 students' existing qualifications and will allow higher level professional development that is interprofessional. It is relevant to practitioners from a wide range of practice contexts and the resulting interprofessional interaction of health and social services practitioners will enhance and strengthen service delivery in the region.

An interprofessional 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.

Candidates may take up to two years to complete the Postgraduate Certificate. This programme is delivered by a combination of block courses and online.

This programme will not lead to New Zealand health or social service professional registration.

View programme modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
HSIP810Professional Supervision 1830  
HSIP811Professional Supervision 2830HSIP810 

Career/further opportunities

The aim of this programme is to provide graduates with greater capacity to work as a professional supervisor, or private practitioner, either in their 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 mental health. Graduates can become skilled in a new field, or further advance your current specialisation.

Graduates 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.


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


Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Candidates are required to have gained:

i. an undergraduate degree assessed as relevant by the Team Manager, or
ii. a qualification approved as equivalent by the Team Manager.

b) Candidates who have not gained a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification may submit a portfolio and, if the application is successful, may be admitted on an ad eundum statem basis.

c) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice, (Professional Supervision), and the Postgraduate Certificates in Professional Supervision are required to have a minimum of two years post qualifying experience in their professional field of practice or the equivalent. 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.

Selection criteria

a) In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children’s Act, 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students may be subjected to safety checks. These may include but are not limited to;

i. A formal interview
ii. Referee checks
iii. A police vet check
iv. A risk assessment

Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme. Persons who are convicted of ‘specified offences’ will not be accepted onto any programme that requires that Person to work in an organisation providing a regulated service.

b) All candidates are required to supply the names and contact details of two professional referees.

c) All candidates are required to complete a professional disclosure form.

d) Candidates may be required to attend an individual interview.

English language requirements

Candidates whose first language is neither English nor Māori are required to have score of 7 or better in all bands of the academic International English Language Test Score (IELTS), or equivalent and will be required to demonstrate the likelihood of being able to successfully achieve programme learning

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Welcome information will be emailed to all enrolled students approximately 2 – 4 weeks prior to the first workshop day or start of your online course.

Please read the information below about your first day.

What you will need

It is important to tick the ‘Yes’ box on the Enrolment Offer form emailed from Wintec Student Enrolment & Information Centre and return this as soon as possible.  If this is not done your enrolment cannot be completed and access to online resources will not be possible.

Wintec Logins for Computer Access:
Your course outline, workshop timetables and relevant content will be available online.  You can access this from ‘Moodle’ via Wintec’s student portal ‘MyLearning’.

Computer Requirements: 
We require students to have access to/use Microsoft Office 365, Windows Media player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, an anti-virus programme and have access to the internet.  For the Pharmacology module: Scopia is required.

We invite you to view the information at the following link to the Introduction to Postgraduate Health and Social Practice moodle site:

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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Clinical placement

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