Becoming a CPE Supervisor accredited to conduct CPE Training

NZACPE monitors the formation process of a CPE Supervisor in terms of the standards established by the Australian and New Zealand Association for CPE (these standards are internationally recognised).

The normal process described in its simplest steps is:

  1. theology degree (or equivalent) and at least five year's ministry experience
  2. at least three units of CPE
  3. acceptance as a Supervisor-in-Training(SIT), where you work as an apprentice alongside a designated senior Supervisor, until you believe you are ready to present yourself for accreditation as a Provisionally Accredited Supervisor(PAS)
  4. accreditation as a Provisionally Accredited Supervisor(PAS), permits you to conduct CPE courses solo, but under very close supervision of a designated senior Supervisor, until you believe that you are ready to present yourself for accreditation as an Accredited Supervisor
  5. accreditation as a Supervisor

Searching review processes conducted by a committee of (usually five) senior Supervisors precede steps 3-5.

The process takes many years. Few supervisors go through all these steps without having to repeat a step or steps.

Rigorous academic standards and pastoral skills are required of an accredited CPE Supervisor. Accreditation is regarded by some Universities to be the equivalent of a Masters in Ministry degree.

An accredited Supervisor becomes a Training Supervisor (i.e. training other CPE supervisors) when NZACPE believe him or her to be ready for such a task.

Comprehensive reviews of every accredited CPE supervisor are conducted at regular intervals throughout a supervisor's practice as a CPE supervisor.

See Supervisors' Handbook for more detailed information