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Pre-Supervisors, Course #4124

Course Description:

We typically promote people to a supervisory position based upon their demonstration of the technical competencies required at the line level, not because of their ability to handle the demands of supervision. The world of the supervisor is significantly different from that of the line worker. All too often, the newly appointed supervisor subsequently finds himself or herself immersed in a ‘world’ he or she didn’t anticipate and/or doesn’t understand. The result is often a well-intentioned but ineffective supervisor who is unprepared for the ‘realities’ of supervision. The transition from effective line worker to effective supervisor is a difficult and challenging one.

This pre-supervisor’s course is designed to acquaint the prospective supervisor with an awareness of the demands and functions of the world of supervision.

  • Participants will be confronted with a variety of ‘real life’ supervisory scenarios and asked to evaluate and strategize how they might be understood and resolved.
  • This course is more about identifying the systemic functions of supervision rather than developing specific supervisory skills the participant may or may not use dependent upon promotional opportunities or personal incentive.
  • It is intended to promote an understanding of the role of the supervisor, an awareness of what the student brings to the position, and what that 'fit' looks like.
  • It should provide both the student and the organization a realistic framework from which to decide if this is a direction they wish to pursue.

Participants Develop an Awareness Of:

  • The ‘world’ of the supervisor both in terms of its ‘challenges’ and ‘opportunities’.
  • Their personal assets and liabilities as they relate to supervision.
  • The systemic forces that often fragment organizations and work units, and create internal conflict.
  • An understanding of the challenges the first line supervisor faces in creating ‘organizational partnership’ at all levels.
  • How to create an agency culture that promotes and enhances teamwork and collaboration.
  • The role of ‘conflict’ in an organization and how it can help or hinder in moving toward mission accomplishment.
  • Their 'Emotional Intelligence' and how it applies to the world of supervision.

Prerequisite: None

Dress Code & Identification:

Visitors attending training at WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus.  If you are not wearing agency identification, you will be asked to check in at the front desk and will be provided with a clip-on visitor's identification card.


Cancellation/No Show:

  • Deadline: If, for any reason, it becomes necessary to cancel the application, you must notify the Registrar via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 7 Days prior to class.
  • Fee: $200


  • 8:00 am-5:00 pm (40 hour class)
  • Monday - Friday
  • Dates and Locations listed below

***Is this class full or not available???? Please complete the Course Interest SurveyPlease Note: This is not a waiting list.  You will not be contacted by WSCJTC unless there is enough interest to generate a class being scheduled.  At that time we will contact everyone that has shown interest so that applications can be submitted.

How To Apply:

Online Registration-LMS (Only agency authorized personnel can access this tool. Contact your Training Manager on your local procedures).
Questions: Contact LMS Help Desk |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Course, Program or Policy Questions:

Leanna Bidinger, Program Manager

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Phone: 206.835.7307


Revised July 2015

Session Start & End Date Location Status/Cost/Downloads
4124-2 October 26 -30, 2015 WSCJTC
19010 1st Ave S, Burien
WA 98148
Full  / $200  

Student Instructions
Pre-Course Instructions
Leadership Matrix
Pre-Sup Rubric (Supervisor Role)
Driving Directions
Hotels Near CJTC
4124-3 February 01 -05, 2016 WSCJTC
19010 1st Ave S. Burien
WA 98148
Open  / $200  

4124-4 June 13 -17, 2016 WSCJTC
19010 1st Ave S. Burien
WA 98148
Open  / $200