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(Updated Oct 2021)

Application Forms

To apply for a course, download one of the following files, complete it with your details, and then email it as an attached document to the CPE Centre of your choice:


The current cost of CPE within Aotearoa/New Zealand is: $2,200.00.

Overseas Enquiries

If you are not a New Zealand Citizen/Resident, you need to consider the following issues before you apply to study CPE in New Zealand.

In order to gain a visa to study in A/NZ, your intended course of study must be:

  • a course that is approved by the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) provided by an Institution approved by NZAQA; NZACPE is too small an institution be a NZQA approved provider, so we offer CPE through Laidlaw College, a NZQA approved provider; therefore you will need to become a Laidlaw College student, and apply to study CPE through Laidlaw College; see
  • at least a 60 credit ‘qualification course’; CPE is 45 credits, so you would also need to complete another 15 credit paper with Laidlaw College to attain, for example, a 60 credit Graduate Certificate in Theology

An overseas person wanting to study in NZ must pay the full cost of any ‘qualification course’ (unlike NZ citizens who pay less, with the NZ Government paying the remaining cost). The current cost for an overseas person is $NZ 140.00 per credit; so a 60 credit course will cost you a total of $NZ 8,400.00 which must be paid upfront to the training institute (i.e. Laidlaw College) before a visa will be issued by the Government.

Other issues you need to consider:

  • most NZ CPE Units are extended over 14-17 weeks
  • in NZ there are no institutions that offer a stipend whilst a person undertakes CPE
  • all accommodation and personal costs need to be met whilst a person undertakes CPE
  • a person undertaking CPE and providing pastoral ministry within any Government institution (e.g. a hospital), and within most other NZ institutions (e.g. church agencies) needs to have a new NZ Police Clearance; plus, an overseas person needs to have a very recent Police Clearance from the country/countries where they have recently lived

If you believe that you can meet the above issues, you are welcome to complete an Application Paper. You need to apply to one of the CPE Centres listed on this website, be interviewed by a CPE supervisor from that Centre, and be accepted by that Centre before you apply to study through Laidlaw College.

CPE and Other Educational Providers

More information coming soon…

Bibliography for CPE Participants

Anton Boisen, one of the founders of CPE, encouraged his students to pay careful attention to both their own self and the people in their care. He urged his students to ‘read these living human documents’, first-hand living source materials rather than second-hand statements found in textbooks. However, CPE supervisors/educators do point CPE participants to relevant literature as they endeavour to develop their pastoral skills.

The bibliography that follows is by no means exhaustive:


Boundaries: when to say yes, when to say no, to take charge of your life  –  Henry Cloud / John Townsend

Coming to Grief  –  Pam Heaney

Companioning the Bereaved: a soulful guide for caregivers  –  Alan D. Wolfelt

Dibs in Search of Self – Virginia Mae Axline

Henri Nouwen: Wounded Healer  –  William Ruddle

People Skills: how to assert yourself, listen to others, and resolve conflict  –  Robert Bolton

Personhood and Presence: self as a resource for spiritual and pastoral care – Ewan Kelly

Swift to Hear: facilitating skills in listening and responding  –  Michael Jacobs

Talking Past Each Other – Joan Metge and Patricia Kinloch

Talking Together: Korero Tahi – Joan Metge

The Gift to Listen : The Courage to Hear – Cari Jackson

The Mutuality of Care  –  Roy Herndon Steinhoffsmith

The Power of Listening: building skills for mission and ministry  –  Lynne M Baab

The Practice of Pastoral Care: a post-modern approach  –  Carrie Doering

The Sacred Art of Listening  –  Kay Lindahl

The Skilled Helper: a systematic approach to effective helping  –  Gerard Egan

The Skilled Pastor: counselling as the practice of theology  –  Charles Taylor

Transforming Communication: leading-edge professional and personal skills  –  Richard Bolstad / Margot Hamblett

Wounded Healer  –  Henri Nouwen