How do I become accredited?

There are three types of accreditation, each with their own distinct pathway:

  • Accredited Pastoral Supervisor (APS)

    This accreditation is for those who practice pastoral supervision for 15 – 30 hours per year and have met the APSE criteria for Accreditation.

    To read more about the pathway to APS accreditation: download PDF

  • Senior Accredited Pastoral Supervisor (Snr APS)

    This accreditation is for those who practice pastoral supervision for 30+ hours per year and have met the APSE criteria for Accreditation.

    To read more about the pathway to Snr APS accreditation: download PDF

  • Accredited Educator in Pastoral Supervision (AEPS)

    Membership for those who practice pastoral supervision for 30+ hours per year, run programmes in pastoral supervision training and have met the APSE criteria for Accreditation.

    To read more about the pathway to AEPS accreditation: download PDF

Start the Process

The first step to accreditation is to make contact with us. You can do this using the contact form to request an application pack. Or emailing directly to accreditation@pastoralsupervision.org.uk.

We can then have an informal discussion with you and help you decide which accreditation is most suitable.

When you decide to go ahead, there are four key stages you will work through:

  • Accumulation of evidence to meet the Accreditation portfolio
  • Submission of evidence
  • Assessment by APSE appointed assessors
  • Accreditation dialogue/interview

Your application will then be reviewed by our accreditation panel and can result in three responses:

  • Accreditation awarded
  • Accreditation subject to meeting of specific criteria within an agreed time frame
  • Accreditation denied

Once you are successful you will need to maintain your accreditation by continuing your APSE membership and renewing your accreditation every 5 years.