The Cairnmillar Institute is a Psychology Board of Australia-approved Supervisor training provider delivering all components of the full supervisor training to registered psychologists. It entails at least 20 hours of training presented in three distinct and stipulated component parts:

  • Knowledge Assessment (Component One)
  • Skills Training (Component Two)
  • Assessment and Evaluation (Component Three)

The Cairnmillar Institute is required to supply participant outcome data to the Psychology Board of Australia after the completion of each training component.

The course is suitable for all supervisors who may be on staff, field placement supervisors, supervisors of interns (+2 and +1 pathways), supervisors in the area of practice endorsement of clinical psychology, and registered psychologist seeking supervisor registration.


Psychologists are eligible to enrol if:

  • Held general registration for a period of three years,
  • Or held an area of practice endorsement for at least two years and wish to become supervisors of Higher Degree students and supervisors of registrars seeking an area of practice endorsement.

Our Trainers

Ms Michelle Doolan

Ms Mandy Taylor

Professor Kathryn von Treuer

Course Structure

There are three components for this course. Component One and Component Three are online courses. Component Two is a face-to-face or online workshop run over two days.

The Discounted Package cost for Components One, Two and Three combined is $1100 (saving of $275). Please note that to be eligible for the discounted package full payment must be made upfront, and all components must be completed within 12 months of enrolment in component one. No refunds are available for this package. If you require to alter training dates for component two, you may transfer to an alternate training date, subject to what is available – however the overall 12 month period still applies.

  1. Component One (Knowledge Assessment)
    This is an online course and comprises of guided reading and quizzes related to the readings. Note, the participant must achieve at least 90% final score to pass this component and be able to register for the next component. This course constitutes 10 hours of coursework and CPD. The cost for this individual course is $175.
  2. Component Two (Skills Training Workshop)
    This component is conducted over two days, from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Note, Component One is a prerequisite for this course. This course constitutes 12 hours of coursework and CPD.
    Workshop are held online or face-to-face in Hawthorn East, Victoria. The cost of this individual course is $750. 
  3. Component Three (Assessment and Evaluation)
    Training for and submission of an assessment of supervision practices. Note, must be submitted after Component One and Component Two are completed, and following AHPRA regulations submission is due four months from completion of Component Two. Self-Assessment Essay and Supervised Session (DVD) and marking of assessment by submission included. This course constitutes of 8-10 hours of coursework and 10 hours of CPD. The cost for this individual course is $450.

Please note, catering is not provided for our face-to-face courses, however there are kitchen facilities available for participant use.

*Terms and Conditions apply, please see the enrolment page for full details.

Learning Objectives

Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to provide competency-based supervision to supervisees undertaking:

  • A 4+2 internship program
  • 5+1 internship program
  • Accredited higher degree program
  • Working in addition to placements for higher degree students, and/orRegistrar program leading to area of practice endorsement.
  • Identify the competencies to be developed in supervisees
  • Assess their competence in supervision
  • Have increased knowledge and skills in the competency based model of supervision

Upon completion of all components, participants are required to submit the following registration form to the Psychology Board for professional recognition.

Course Schedule

Component One can be undertaken at any time, as long as it is completed prior to undertaking the Component Two workshop. 

Component Two Workshop Time: 

9.00am – 4.30pm Day One, and 9.30am - 4.30pm Day Two.

Upcoming Component Two Course Dates: 

Course dates for 2023 will be released soon. To be notified of when enrolments are open, please submit your interest here.

Please note, our courses are subject to receiving a minimum number of enrolments and conditional to Government restrictions implemented at the time of the course. Reminders, invitation links and safety information will be sent out to all those registered closer to the time. See also: COVID-19 Update

In the case we are unable to deliver a face-to-face workshop, the event will be transferred to online delivery instead. We will email all registered attendees as soon as possible if changes are required. In this case, a free course transfer will also be available to an alternative course date, or a full refund of the course minus any platform ticketing fees. 


The Discounted Package cost for Components One, Two and Three combined is $1100 (saving of $275).

Component One: $175

Component Two: $750

Component Three: $450

Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners, full‐time students and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their student card, social security card, or health care card together with their application, via email to [email protected].


To enrol, please click here. Alternatively, please visit our Event page

Further Information

Cairnmillar can offer this or other tailored courses for your organisation’s needs. If you have a group of 10 or more participants, we can come to you. For further information, email the Professional Development Team at [email protected]

Please contact the Professional Development and Training team if you wish to discuss tailoring options to suit your organisation or Placement Exchange rates.