Supervision in Social Work Certificate

The Supervision in Social Work Certificate is geared toward new and experienced social work supervisors employed on-site in a range of practice settings, as well as supervisors who are independent contractors, providing supervision for licensure on a fee-for-service basis.

The Supervision in Social Work Certificate is composed of required and elective short-courses and workshops. Completion of the certificate prepares supervisors to function effectively in a range of practice settings and supervisory roles, encompassing knowledge and skills needed by both agency-based supervisors, and by social workers who provide supervision for licensure on an independent, contractual, fee-for-service basis.

This certificate program is intended for:

  • Experienced supervisors who want to increase their effectiveness and personal satisfaction in their supervisory roles;
  • Supervisors seeking promotion to positions of greater responsibility;
    Individuals seeking to prepare themselves to become first-time supervisors, and
  • Supervisors functioning in challenging environments who seek practical solutions to persisting problems.


This certificate program is open to social workers who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in social work or are licensed social workers in the State of Minnesota.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate program participants are required to complete at least 74 hours of required and elective short courses and workshops in order to earn the Supervision in Social Work Certificate. There is also a Supervision Certificate Plan Sample [PDF] available to view.

Required courses include:

  • Core competencies in Social Work Supervision: Crucial Concepts and Skills
  • Beyond 101: Negotiating and Utilizing ‘Self’ in Supervisory Relationship: Intersections of Culture and Power
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress: Impact on Staff Performance and Wellbeing – Strategies for Supervisors and Organizations
  • Contracted Clinical Supervision: Navigating the Balance of Transparency, Support, and Accountability

In addition to the required courses listed above, certificate participants are also required to complete 2 courses in ethics. Finally, elective courses make up any remaining hours to reach 74 total hours of training. Elective courses applied towards program requirements must contain supervision content. Elective courses for the supervision certificate are labeled as such on the program website. In some cases, students may seek approval of non-supervision courses to count towards the fulfillment of certificate requirements. However, approval must be granted before participants register and complete non-supervision courses they wish to count towards their certificate requirements. Students will not be granted approval for courses that have been completed prior to gaining approval.


You must apply to be admitted to the certificate program. Please complete the application. If you have questions about your training goals and your fit with the certificate program, please use the form on our contact page to get in touch with us.

Window for Completion

Those accepted into the Supervision Certificate Program must work with program staff to complete an individual plan and timeline for program completion.

Program Schedule

Most of the required short-courses and workshops are offered June-August, but some are also offered in January and March. For information about upcoming course offerings, please check the course schedule page.

Credential Earned

The School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota will award a Supervision in Social Work Certificate to individuals who are admitted and who successfully complete all of the program requirements described above. Participants in this certificate program will receive preapproved CEUs for each short course and workshop they attend.


Total costs to complete the certificate program vary depending on the combination of two-day ($275), one-day ($150), and half-day ($95) courses participants complete. Therefore, total certificate costs are estimated between $2,000 and $3,000.

Please note: Individuals may take courses through the Clinical Practice and Supervision Series without being accepted in a certificate program. Only those interested in receiving the Supervision in Social Work Certificate are required to apply to the certificate program.