Supervisor Professional Development Program

The Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) is a high-quality training program for final year Advanced Trainees and Fellows who supervise trainees in RACP-accredited positions.

Workshop registration

Workshop booklets

Workshop specifics

Supervisors must complete:

  • 1 x SPDP workshop by the end of 2021
  • all remaining workshops by the end of 2022

You'll be an RACP-approved supervisor (previously 'accredited supervisor') when you've completed all 3 workshops.

You can complete SPDP 1, 2 and 3 in any order and in 3 different formats:

  • face-to-face | 3-hour workshop
  • virtually via Zoom | 3-hour workshop
  • online | facilitated over 5 weeks via online forums to fit around your schedule — find out more about online courses

Workshops are voluntarily presented by Fellows trained specifically in SPDP facilitation.

SPDP is considered a 'Category 2: Reviewing Performance' activity in the 2020 MyCPD Framework. MyCPD participants will earn 3 CPD credits per hour.

There is no charge for these workshops. Any costs associated with attending (like travel or accommodation) are at your expense.

Note: If requested by your workplace or specialty society, we will provide your name and SPDP completion status.

Workshop content

SPDP 1 — Educational Leadership and Management

Educational and leadership management incorporates the overarching themes of developing trainee expertise and using coaching techniques to improve feedback practise.

This workshop focuses on delivering feedback using two frameworks, the GROW model and the four areas of feedback. By using these models, supervisors can facilitate change and growth in trainees towards expert performance.


  • Demonstrate strong educational leadership.
  • Plan and manage for effective supervision.
  • Advocate for enhanced support for trainees.
  • Self-reflect on supervisory performance.

SPDP 2 — Learning Environment and Culture

Learning environment and culture provides a range of teaching strategies to manage and overcome challenges supervisors face in a complex healthcare setting. These strategies include planning for learning, differentiated instructions for multi-level groups, and using teaching techniques such as questioning.

This workshop explores some cultural aspects that may impact on learning, including the hidden curriculum, tribalism and the need for effective role modelling.


  • Understand how to establish an effective learning environment.
  • Recognise the importance of planning for learning.
  • Define and model professional behaviour.
  • Optimise opportunities for learning.

SPDP 3 — Teaching and Facilitating Learning for Safe Practice

Teaching and facilitating learning for safe practice is a complex and necessary part of physician training. The challenges of undertaking work-based learning and assessment amidst the complexities of the healthcare environment are many and varied.

This workshop offers techniques and solutions to these challenges that will help supervisors in their vital role.


  • Use safe and effective work-based assessments/activities to guide learning.
  • Make evidence-based assessment on trainee performance.
  • Use evidence-based tools to improve supervisory practice.
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