Diploma in Supervisory Management

Learn the skills to be a Supervisor

11 Weeks Part-Time, 6.30pm-9.30pm
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Back on-campus Feb 22
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Why Supervisory Management

Supervisory Management is about having a clear understanding of what effective management skills are, including awareness of environmental factors affecting performance (team and organisation), team motivation and problem-solving, and using these to achieve outcomes. Completion of a supervisory management course is a great way for anyone to improve their career progression prospects.

According to Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025, ‘"the role of managers, and their development, is critical in supporting Irish enterprises to export and grow to scale’"
"Management is the opportunity to help people become better people. Practiced that way, it's a magnificent profession." Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School Professor

This course is designed for you:

  • If you are looking for a practical understanding of the role and function of performance management in the business environment.
  • If you are ready to improve your management skills and move up in your organisation.
  • If you want the skill sets and attributes that successful managers require at all levels in organisations.
  • If you are looking to improve your confidence and your management skills in your role.
  • If you are looking to form a solid foundation for your career as a team leader or supervisor.
  • If you are looking for a course that can improve your management skills and your career.

Course Overview

This Diploma is designed to provide front-line managers, supervisors and team leaders with leadership training that supports a practical understanding of the role and function of management in the business environment.
You should consider undertaking this course if you have been appointed to a team leader or supervisory position or if you are considering taking on or applying for a management position that requires supervision of staff. It is also suitable for managers who have no formal education qualification and wish to develop their theoretical knowledge.

Through participation on the course, you will gain valuable leadership training involving an insight into the knowledge, skill sets and attributes that successful managers require at all levels in organisations. It will provide you with techniques that enable you to play a full role in the supervision of staff on any project or enterprise.

This training course is designed to improve your management skills to appeal to both current and potential employers.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

The course is structured to improve the confidence of individuals who have no formal training in management by providing a comprehensive toolkit that covers the key aspects of management and forms a solid foundation for your career as a team leader, supervisor or front line manager.

  • Management: the process of management, levels of management in an organisation, management skills, various schools of thought on management practice (classical and contemporary), strategic management and competitive strategies.
  • The internal organisation: what constitutes the internal environment of an organisation, functional controllability, people and organisational culture, management styles, mission and vision statements, SWOT analyses, strategic planning and management, leaders and leadership.
  • The external environment: social economic and political forces, competitor analysis, customer and marketplace analysis, micro and macro elements, carrying out PESTEL analysis, Porter’s frameworks.
  • Organisational Structure & Culture: managing the roles power and responsibilities within a business, data and people flows, implementing and managing processes, building a capable organisation, building core competencies and competitive capabilities,
  • Organisational Control: measuring progress towards performance, setting performance goals and standards, financial and non-financial controls, project management controls, change management theories, change agents, resistance to change.
  • Supervision and Leadership: the unique position of supervisors, leaders and influence, workforce development, characteristics of good leadership, social and emotional intelligence, leadership styles.
  • Communications: the process of communications, the media of communications, senders and receivers, encoding and decoding, noise, verbal and non-verbal communications, the context of the communications, barriers to communication.
  • Human Resource Management: objectives of HRM, industrial relations, recruitment and selection, training and development, performance coaching, performance appraisals.
  • Teams & Groups: characteristics of teams, project teams, stages of team development and evolution, team roles, motivating and evaluating teams.

You will be required to complete two pieces of course work (each worth 50%).

Career Opportunities

Programme content will be useful if you are currently undertaking or considering applying for a supervisory and/or other management position (either with your current employer or as a new challenge).

The skills are cross-sectoral, and potential future job title include:

  • Assistant Manager
  • Duty Manager
  • Operations manager
  • Supervisor
  • Team Leader
  • Trainee Manager

Academic Progression Opportunities

Students who completed the Diploma in Supervisory Management went on to complete other programmes at IBAT College Dublin including the:

Diploma in Project Management
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.


This course gave me a much better insight into the management of a company and it's various departments on a day to day basis.
Anthony Walsh Diploma in Diploma in Supervisory Management Graduate
I felt this course gave me a great insight into supervisory and business management techniques and how to apply them in my role. The lecturer is brilliant, she managed to provide the very best information and also made the lectures fun.
Nicola Coogan Diploma in Supervisory Management Graduate
Very happy with the course, Mary was brilliant and is able to give a perfect balance between input from students and delivering the course which makes the course so enjoyable. Thank you Mary for 11 weeks of enjoyable education and for facilitating a forum for students to express themselves and share their experiences.
Shane Lyons Diploma in Supervisory Management Graduate

Lecturer Profile

Trevor Fisher
Trevor Fisher/ Lecturer Diploma in Supervisory Management /
Trevor has 15 years business management experience within the retail sector across a number of companies, Trevor brings real working environment experience and scenarios to the classroom. He holds a first class honours degree in business management as well as a Level 3 qualification from the WSET in London for whom he is also a certified educator of their qualifications.

Entry Requirements

This Supervisory Management programme is for those who are currently involved in, or about to undertake, a supervisory management position, or for those who would like to enhance their current profile to be considered for such a role.
No previous business and/or management academic or professional experience is required to benefit from this course.

How to Apply

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You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options below or at the top of the page, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

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  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
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