This is a common question people ask.

PLEASE NOTE: As previously advertised, from the 1st of May 2023 all initial accreditation applications will be assessed at pastoral supervisor level.  Senior pastoral supervisor accreditation will be a follow on step with details being developed.’

There are two sets of reasons to explain why accreditation is worthwhile.

pastoral accreditation

From an individual perspective

Accreditation offers status for pastoral supervisors and educators who are able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to high standards of practice.

Accreditation enables employers to have confidence that the practitioner works competently and to professional standards, and that they are accountable to a professional organisation.

Some employers require pastoral supervisors to be accredited for employment purposes.
Download the APSE Competencies for Pastoral Supervision


From a broader professional perspective

We want to encourage accreditation among pastoral supervisors so that we have a recognised professional standard for our work. This is important as:

Accreditation promotes best practice among our profession.

Accreditation shows we have processes for supervision, continual professional development  and accountability.

Accreditation provides assurance for both employers and supervisees.

Having an accreditation organisation provides access to procedures for resolving complaints, should that become necessary.
Download the APSE Competencies for Pastoral Supervision

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