Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What qualifications do I have to have to be considered for a unit of CPE?

A: Students need to have a minimum education level equivalent to high school graduation as the course does require a significant amount of written reflection. A demonstrated ability to reflect on one’s own story and the impact of significant life events is essential.

Q: Do I have to be ordained or work in pastoral/spiritual care to apply for CPE?

A: No, however a supervisor will want to know how you plan to use this training.

Q: How do I find out what CPE units are on offer in WA?

A: If upcoming courses are not posted on the Royal Perth Hospital or Perth Community CPE Centre links on this website,  please contact the relevant Centre Director.

Q: Can I apply to both CPE Centres?

A: Yes, both Centres will consider your application independently and confidentially.

Q: How do I apply to do a unit of CPE?

A: For the Perth Community CPE Centre CPE Program, please email the Centre Director at:

Q: Why do I have to write so much in my application for a unit of CPE?

A: The application process is intensive. The CPE supervisor needs to assess your ability to reflect on your experiences before deciding if an interview would be appropriate. A CPE unit also requires a significant amount of written reflection.

Q: Is CPE offered in regional areas of WA or online?

A: From time to time CPE is offered in regional areas, please contact one of the CPE Centres for details of what they are currently offering. CPE is offered in different formats eg full time, intensive (3 day blocks each month), one day or one evening each week. Regional students may find one of these formats suitable. So far no online unit has been offered in WA, although we hope to do so in the future.

Q: How much does it cost to do a unit of CPE?

A: Costs for 2020 range from $2,100 upwards. Please contact the Centre Director. A payment plan may be available.

Q: Do I have to find my own CPE placement?

A: Royal Perth Hospital will provide the clinical placement at Royal Perth Bentley Group campuses. Perth Community CPE Centre applicants can negotiate for their current place of work as a placement if suitable or placements can be negotiated with a number of pastoral service providers, including aged care and tertiary hospital settings in Perth.

Q: I’ve completed my CPE application, where do I send it?

A: CPE applications are submitted electronically. Email addresses are provided on our centres’ websites.  Please contact your preferred CPE Centre for more details.