Becoming a supervisor

Learn about obtaining and renewing your supervisory privileges.

Understanding supervisory privileges

How to obtain your supervisory privileges

Being a supervisor is a privilege. If you are not currently a supervisor but would like to become one

  1. Talk to the department head in your program and bring an up-to-date CV to the GPD. The GPD will then submit a recommendation form to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. If the dean of graduate studies approves the recommendation, an Appointment to Supervisory Status letter will be sent to you. 
  2. Once you’ve received your appointment letter, you must attend a new supervisor workshop. Contact Belinda Cheung ( or phone 403-220-3121 for orientation dates.

Renewing your privileges

Your supervisory privileges need to be renewed every 5 years. You will fill out an application for Renewal of Supervisory Privileges which will be reviewed, alongside your supervisory record, by your GPD. You may need to meet with your graduate program director to discuss supervisory practices and learn more about the resources on campus to support your supervision. 

Your Supervisory Record: You can request a report of all your supervisory activities through your home department’s Graduate Program Administrator. If your supervisory record is incomplete or incorrect, you can request changes.

Apply to renew your supervisory privileges

If you have any questions or need further assistance, contact the GPD in your program or an Associate Dean (Student)