Supervisor training

COVID-19 update:

Board-approved supervisors can temporarily meet the Board’s refresher training requirements online. Until 31 December 2020, the Board is allowing all supervisors to complete video conference master classes (usually reserved for rural/remote supervisors only)

See below for a list of supervisor training providers offering video conference master classes and links to their websites to find workshop topics and dates. The Board is working with other providers to move to video conference delivery where they are not already doing so. We will keep the below list updated as more providers are approved for video conference delivery. Many providers have advised that they will add more video conference master classes if there is enough demand.

As set out in the Guidelines for supervisors, if you cannot complete a master class before your supervisor expiry date due to exceptional circumstances, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can request an extension via the web enquiry form.

Supervisors who are able to do so are strongly encouraged to participate in an online master class in 2020. Supervisors face additional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic as psychology services and supervision sessions move online. Peer supervision and supervision of supervisors will also be particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Completing a supervisor master class is an opportunity to reflect on and refine your skills in these various supervisor roles and to connect with other supervisors.

The Board is working with training providers to explore the possibility of temporarily moving full training for new supervisors to online delivery. We will provide further updates on this soon.

Board-approved supervisor training

Psychologists wanting to become a Board-approved supervisor will need to complete Board-approved competency-based supervisor training (full training), consisting of three components that need to be completed in sequence:

  • Part 1 – Knowledge assessment. This part requires at least seven hours of self-directed preparatory work relating to knowledge of best-practice supervision and knowledge of relevant Board codes, guidelines and policies. Completion of this part requires passing an online assessment.
  • Part 2 – Skills training workshop. This two-day workshop focuses on integrating knowledge and practical skills. It requires direct, face-to-face training to develop practical supervision skills that are relevant to all supervisee training pathways and to reflective supervision practice.
  • Part 3 – Competency-based assessment and evaluation. This part requires you to submit an electronic recording of a supervision session and a written reflection of the session. The training provider will systematically assess your demonstration of supervisor competencies and provide a pass or fail grade and feedback.

Psychologists wishing to maintain their supervisor approval are required to refresh their training every five years by completing at least one Board-approved master class. A master class is a competency-based training workshop requiring at least six hours of direct face-to-face training (video conference master classes are available for supervisors in rural, remote, outer-regional or overseas locations).

Psychologists who have had a break from supervision or from practice more generally, or feel they need to refresh their knowledge and skills across the supervisor competencies, are encouraged to complete full training (at least Part 2) instead of a master class.

For more information on these requirements, please review:

Board-approved supervisor training providers

There are 16 training providers approved to deliver supervisor training until 31 December 2023. Their contact details are listed in the table below.

You can find information on the curriculum of supervisor training programs and on the location and scheduling of full training Part 2 and master class workshops by contacting Board-approved supervisor training providers directly. Providers typically list their upcoming workshops on their websites, which can be accessed through the links below. You can also make phone enquiries about upcoming workshops directly with the providers.

If a Part 2 or master class workshop is not scheduled near you, the Board recommends you seek out other psychologists in your area who are interested in the training and then contact providers to ask if they can organise a workshop for your group.

Name of provider (and link to website) 

Approved to deliver:

Contact details

Proposed training locations

Full training

Master classes

Master class online (for rural/remote supervisors)*

*COVID-19 update: Until 31 December 2020, all supervisors can attend a video conference master class regardless of their geographic location.

Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP)




Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Byron Bay

The Australian Psychology Society Institute



(03) 8662 3300

Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Ballarat
Benchmark Psychology, Supervisor Training and Approval Program (STAP)  X  X
(07) 3493 6600
Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville 

The Cairnmillar Institute


(03) 9813 3400

Centre for Rural & Remote Health & College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University (CRRH-JCU)


(07) 4745 4500
Perth, Cairns, Mackay, Mount Isa, Newcastle, Townsville

Clinical Supervision Services (CSS)


0478 548 594

Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Albury, Parramatta, Wollongong, Cairns, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Orange, Devonport, Launceston, Lismore, Townsville, Wagga Wagga 

Communicare Training Institute



(08) 8251 5777

Perth, Fremantle, Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton

C-BEST (Competency-Based Excellence in Supervisor Training)


0425 710 045

Other metropolitan and regional locations by request for group training.

Deakin University


(03) 9244 6844

Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart, Perth, Bendigo, Geelong, Warrnambool, Cairns

Monash University

(03) 9905 4359

Psychology inMind **
   X** X**
0481 116 224
Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Wollongong, Byron Bay, Wide Bay, Taree, Toowoomba, Townsville
The Reflective Supervision Team



Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong 

Stream Psychology

(08) 9335 8777

Perth, Albany, Broome 

University of Canberra & Australian National University
(02) 6206 8576 

Canberra, Batemans Bay, Bega

University of Melbourne 
(03) 8344 6377

Melbourne, Ballarat 

Wentworth Forensic Clinic, University of NSW


(02) 9285 3203
(02) 8004 7605


* This training provider anticipates commencing full training delivery in early 2020. Contact the provider for more information.
** Provider intends to commence training delivery in 2020. Contact the provider for information.

Providers no longer delivering supervisor training from 2019

The training providers listed below held Board-approval to deliver supervisor training until 31 December 2018. Any training delivered after this date is not valid for applying to become a Board-approved supervisor or for applying to maintain Board-approved supervisor status (the providers were permitted to grade assessments until 1 February 2019).

Interested in becoming a Board-approved training provider?

Every five years the Board invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced organisations, groups and individuals to deliver Board-approved supervisor training programs across Australia.

In 2018, the Board invited applications to become a Board-approved provider of supervisor training from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2023. The application period is closed and 16 training providers were granted approval by the Board for the second five-year approval cycle.

If you would like to be notified of future opportunities to apply to become a Board-approved supervisor training provider, send your contact details to Mid-cycle applications may be sought if there is a need for further supervisor training programs.

Page reviewed 7/04/2020