Part 1: Online Knowledge Assessment


The Online Knowledge Assessment is  accessed via secure log-in on the Clinical Supervision Services website. The course includes reading relevant material provided online, completing self-directed learning tasks, reflection of practice  and a multiple choice assessment test.  The online component covers information on all categories of supervisees including (4+2, 5+1, higher degree and registrar training pathways).  The online course results are valid for a period of 12 months from the date of completion (Certificate 1). 

It is estimated the course takes between  8 - 10 hours to complete. It is equivalent to 10 CPD points.  

Resources are provided to participants and include:

  • readings
  • self-directed study modules
  • online progressive learning tasks – these short quizzes ensure that participants fully understand the requirements of Board supervision guidelines, and are directed to other areas if revision is needed
  • links to AHPRA registration guidelines and standards
  • online assessment (multiple attempts to answer questions)

By completing the online component participants will:

  • have sound knowledge of the role of clinical supervision in psychology
  • be aware if the different models of supervision
  • be introduced to the role of the  initial supervisory meeting and defining the purpose of supervision with prospective supervisees
  • have knowledge of contract setting in supervision and determining supervisee learning needs
  • be introduced to various techniques and methods of best-practice supervision
  • have knowledge of the PsyBA pathways and supervisory requirements, including the National Psychology Exam and legal and ethical aspects of supervision
Module 1:
  • Definition of Supervision
  • Role and Models of Supervision
  • Setting up best practice supervision
  • Professional issues: ethics and legal issues
  • Techniques and methods in supervision

Module 2:
  • Supervisor roles and responsibilities: understanding and applying the PsyBA guidelines
  • 4 + 2 pathways supervisory requirements to registration
  • 5 + 1 pathway supervisory requirements to registration
  • Higher degree pathway to registration
  • Registrar training programs leading to practice endorsement

The Board has set the following requirements:

1.     Before applying to become a Board-approved supervisor you will need to have held general registration for at least three years (or equivalent overseas registration or licensure). 

2.     In order to be a principal supervisor of a psychologist in a registrar program you will need to hold an endorsement in the relevant area of practice and you will need to have held this endorsement (or equivalent overseas registration, licensure, or endorsement, as assessed by the Board) for at least two years.

You will not be granted BAS status unless the first requirement has been met. You will not be approved as a registrar program principal supervisor unless the second requirement has been met. You will need to apply to the Board if you already have BAS status and subsequently meet the second requirement (and you want to be a registrar program principal supervisor). 

All psychologists have an obligation to ensure they are familiar with, and practise in accordance with, the Board’s registration standards, guidelines and APS code of ethics. As a supervisor, you should be particularly familiar with the Board’s Guidelines for supervisors and, depending which training pathway you are supervising, you should understand and adhere to the supervision requirements set out in the relevant guideline or policy document.

The obligations and responsibilities of Board-approved supervisors are set out in the Guidelines for supervisors. Supervisors who fall below acceptable standards may have their supervisor approval revoked – refer to the Policy for refusing or revoking BAS status (in the guidelines) for more information.


All participants must successfully complete the online assessment in order to pass this component of the PsyBA Board approved training.  A Certificate of Completion will be issued to participants who successfully complete this component and the Psychology Board of Australia will be notified of the results, including Name, Registration Number and outcome of the online component (PASS or FAIL).  A pass result (80%) will allow for enrolment in Board approved supervisor training Part 2: Two day Skills Based Training Workshop.  

To meet the AHPRA requirements to be a Board Approved Supervisor, Part One must be completed before a student participates in Part Two.  If you are participating in the full program with Clinical Supervision Services please ensure that Part One is completed well before attending the Part Two workshop.  If you have completed Part One with another provider please email evidence of the completion to us at as part of your registration for Part Two, the 2 day skills workshop.



This online course is equivalent to 10 hours of Continuing Professional Development.

Enrolment Period:

Once you have paid for the online component of the course you will be given a secure personal log- in and have three (3) months to complete the course.  If you do not complete the online course in this period your participation will be deemed a FAIL grade.  The online component can be accessed 24 hours a day.

What you need:

You will need a computer equipped with either internet explorer 9+ or Safari 4+ or Firefox 3+ and Flashplayer (free download).