Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP)

The online Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) is a 3 part program designed and developed specifically for Supervisors. This program provides Supervisors skills and knowledge required to supervise RACP trainees.

Online courses take place across a 5-week period. This format focuses on learning with peers through discussion and allows for time flexibility. We recommend 10-20min blocks at a time with ~1-2 hours per week, depending on how involved you decide to be.

Courses do not need to be completed in sequential order.
Dates for 2022 are listed below. To register your interest for the relevant course(s), head to the SPDP website .

The 2023 schedule will be made available later this year.

SPDP1: Practical Skills for Supervisors

21 Mar - 26 Apr
18 Jul - 23 Aug

Practical Skills for Supervisors covers important topic areas including setting the culture for learning, giving, and receiving feedback in challenging situations.

  1. Orientation
  2. Setting the Culture for Learning
  3. Giving Feedback
  4. Feedback in Challenging Situations
  5. Summary and Evaluation

SPDP2: Teaching & Learning in Healthcare

02 May - 07 June
10 Oct - 15 Nov

Teaching & Learning in Healthcare Settings offers a range of teaching strategies to manage and overcome challenges supervisors face in a complex healthcare setting.

  1. Orientation
  2. Challenges facing educators in healthcare settings
  3. Strategies for teaching in a complex environment
  4. Confronting underlying and system issues - the environment
  5. Confronting underlying and system issues - the adverse event

SPDP3: Work-based Learning and Assessment

31 Jan - 08 Mar
06 Jun - 12 Jul
22 Aug - 28 Sep
14 Nov - 20 Dec

Work-based Learning and Assessment will cover a range of topics like goal settings and learning tools, how to provide effective feedback, and make evidence-based judgements within the healthcare setting.

  1. Orientation
  2. Goal setting
  3. Learn and gather evidence
  4. Making evidence-based judgements
  5. Reflect and prepare

RACP CPD Participants can earn CPD credits (3 credits per hour) in Category 2 for the time they spend on the online SPDP resource.

If you are looking for face-to-face workshops, visit the RACP website.

Frequently asked questions

Work-based Learning and Assessment is a 5 week, online facilitated course. As one of three Supervisor Professional Development Program courses, it covers important topic areas including the learning and assessment cycle, and determining trainee performance and progression based on evidence of learning and achievement.

Please use the provided enrolment key to enrol in this course. If you do not have one, please contact .


Tags: Category 2 Educational activities

Format: The course will run for 5 weeks. In each week, a series of videos are presented which provide topics for discussion. A range of discussion activities, questions, quizzes, polls and role plays are to be completed. The discussion activities are supported by a team of moderators and a Fellow facilitator.


  1. Introduction to Work-based Learning and Assessment
  2. Goal setting
  3. Learn and gather evidence
  4. Making evidence-based judgements
  5. Reflect and prepare

Learning outcomes

By completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the purpose and importance of work-based learning and assessment.
  2. Analyse the process of planning for learning and assessment.
  3. Identify challenges and solutions associated with work-based assessment in a complex environment.
  4. Draw on evidence of learning and achievement to determine overall performance and progression.