Graduate Certificate in Supervision

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
1 year part-time
Fees (first year)*

$7900 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


Supervision is the discipline of enabling professional practitioners—including social workers, counsellors, spiritual directors, ministers, principals—to reflect on their practice, become mindful of their blind spots, gain ever-deepening insight, and become open to opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Australian Association of Supervision speaks of supervision "as a contractual, relational, collaborative process, which facilitates the ethical and professional practice of the supervisee."

Supervisors not only require practical skills, but also need to develop a framework within which to understand their practice of supervision. This framework must emerge from authentic, ongoing and critical self-reflection, engage contemporary psychological paradigms responsibly, be situated within clear and overt ethical boundaries, and take into account the meaning-making dimension of human beings—spirituality.

The Graduate Certificate in Supervision enables you to develop basic knowledge, understanding and skills suited to the ethical, self-aware and safe practice of supervision in any number of fields, including health, education and social service settings.

Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Association of Supervision.


Graduates of this course are suitable to work in various organisations and contexts, the Church, education, health, aged care, social services, and aid and development.

Course details

Course structure

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Commencing Semester 1 - Part-time

  • Specified UnitsTHSP521Psychological Foundations for Supervision and Spiritual Direction

    (Inc: THSP502)

    10 cp
  • Specified UnitsTHSP524Critically Reflective Supervision10 cp
  • Specified UnitsTHSP522Ethics and Professional Practice in Supervision and Spiritual Direction10 cp
  • Specified UnitsTHSP523Individual Supervision

    (Inc: THSP512)

    10 cp

Incompatibles (Inc:) are units similar to this unit. If you have previously passed an Incompatible unit, you are not able to enrol in this unit.

AQF framework

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Exit Points


Entry requirements

An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree in any discipline. 


Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

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Course costs

Average first year fee*

$7900 Fee-paying

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

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You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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