Find a CPE Course

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Expressions of Interest in CPE in Auckland should be directed to The Rev’d John McAlpine
Phone: 022-166-2556 / Email:

Supervisors: The Rev’d Michelle Shin; The Rev’d John McAlpine

CPE Auckland is offering two Foundational CPE Units in 2024:

Date of CPE Unit:   4 March – 21 June 2024
Group Meetings:    Every Friday, plus the Thursday of the first/middle/last week
Apply by:                1 Nov 2023



Date of CPE Unit:   22 July – 8 Nov 2024
Group Meetings:    Every Friday, plus the Thursday of the first/middle/last week
Apply by:                1 April 2024

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Waikato/Bay of Plenty/Rotorua/Taranaki should be directed to Donna Denmead
Phone: 027-274-7381 / Email:

Supervisors:  Donna Denmead; The Rev’d Val Riches


Date of CPE Unit: 1 May – end of November
Group Meetings:  We will start May 1 and 2nd; then meet fortnightly on ZOOM on Thursdays; there will be another coming together June 27-28, and also at the end of November, (when we complete the course)
Apply by: 1 March 2024

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Manawatu/Rangitikei/Whanganui/Taranaki should be directed to The Rev’d Peter Brown
Phone: 027-348-8800 / Email:  

Supervisors: The Rev’d Canon Kath Maclean; The Rev’d Peter Brown

Date of CPE Unit: to be advised
Group Meetings:
Apply by:

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Wellington should be directed to The Rev’d Amy Finiki
Phone:  027-271-6170 / Email: 

Supervisors: The Rev’d Amy Finiki; The Rev’d Canon Kath Maclean

Date of CPE Unit: 8 Feb – 7 June 2024
Group Meetings: Starting with two days Thursday/Friday 8/9 Feb, and then every Friday (except for Good Friday) and concluding Friday 7 June
Apply by: 1 Jan 2024

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Nelson should be directed to The Rev’d Canon Kath Maclean
Phone: 04-85-5999 / Email: 

Supervisors: The Rev’d Canon Kath Maclean; The Rev’d Ros Sims

Date of CPE Unit: to be advised
Group Meetings:
Apply by:

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Christchurch should be directed to The Rev’d Helen Roud
Phone 027-657-7947 / Email:

Supervisor: The Rev’d Helen Roud
Date of CPE Unit: 12th March – 27th June 2024
Group Meetings: Fortnightly on Tues/Wed with additional Thursdays at beginning, middle and end of course
Apply by: 1 December 2023

Expressions of Interest in CPE in Otago/Southland should be directed to The Rev’d Mary Huie-Jolly
Phone: 001-404-790-8232 / Email:

Supervisors: The Rev’d Mary Huie-Jolly; Sister Leona Garchow

Date of CPE Unit: March 6 – June 7, 2024

Group Meetings: (in Dunedin)

March 6-7-8 (start-up three-days); and March 20-21 

April 3-4; and April 17-18-19

May 1-2; and May 15-16 May; and May 29-30

June 5-6-7 (concluding three-days)

Apply by: 1 January 2024

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.

NB: If the Application Form Word document doesn’t appear on your screen, please check your computer’s ‘Download’ folder.


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 NZAQANZACPE 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