Become a Certified Associate Positive Psychology Practitioner (Level 3 Certificate)

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Positive Psychology is one of the fastest growing and most exciting disciplines within Psychology today.

Its approaches have now been widely adopted by the NHS and favoured as an approach by the CQC and the Care Act (see here). The applications go beyond mental illness towards mental flourishing within business, life, education, health, and relationships.

Positive Psychology transcends the emphasis on mental illness and puts the focus on optimal wellbeing and flourishing. It is one of the most holistic scientific approaches to physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Its research includes mastery of fear, courage, resilience, authenticity, hope, and much more.

New research continues to evolve in the inter-disciplinary fields of Positive Education, Positive Health, Positive Neuroscience, and Positive Sport. As an applied science, it has much value to offer to individuals, as well as to families, communities, schools, workplaces, and even national governance.

Study the science of Positive Psychology for personal, academic, and professional development…

As a graduate from our Level 3 Certificate in Associate Positive Psychology Practice, you will be introduced to Positive Psychology research, theory, and application in five key areas: Character Strengths and Virtues, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation. You will have engaged in personal and professional development and be ready to progress to one our Level 5 Positive Psychology in Practice Diplomas (CoachingTraining, or Organisations) and/or our Level 7 Applied Positive Psychology Research Diploma.

PPG has a strong relationship with Bucks New University which runs one of the Positive Psychology Courses at Masters degree level in the UK. Our Level 5 Positive Psychology diplomas prepare students to engage in a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) MSc degree course. Should you wish to progress to a MAPP following certification, PPG will provide an academic reference on your behalf. Acceptance will be subject to the usual University checks.

1. Professional Education

The Level 3 Certificate in Associate Positive Psychology Practice will provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of some of the main subjects in Positive Psychology today. It is a professional course that encourages personal development and growth. You will be introduced to the psychology of strengths, authenticity, resilience, positive emotions, and motivation and how to deliver Positive Psychology psycho-education sessions and client interventions.

You may be a qualified manager, HR executive, educator, trainer, teacher, psychologist, coach, counsellor, fitness instructor, personal trainer, or sport coach looking to integrate Positive Psychology psycho-education and interventions into your team, client, or student work to support their psychological wellbeing. This course will equip you with the essential knowledge base and skills required to do so.


Course Format

Our students are adult learners who are often balancing life, home, work, and studies.

They are looking for a part-time online qualification that will enrich their love of learning and prepare them to practice Positive Psychology in an existing role or to set up a private practice. At Level 3, they want a practical qualification that will help them to understand the basic elements of Positive Psychology and how to apply their knowledge within a professional and personal context.

This qualification is delivered by people who are passionate about furthering the field of Positive Psychology.

Our course content is delivered online in a user-friendly format with group tutoring support. You will access your course material through our online learning platform, the Positive Psychology Academy, where you may create a personal profile and connect virtually with other students on this course and other courses.

At the start of your course, you will attend a 6-week Group Training Cycle (GTC). During this time, you will attend 6 weekly Zoom session calls that introduce to you to each of the five units on this course. After completing the GTC, you will progress to practitioner supervision. During this time, you will attend 3 x 1:1 supervision calls to guide you through your project intervention and development as an Associate Positive Psychology Practitioner.

You will also have access to an open webinar lecture library on topics such as hope, resilience, authenticity, courage, and confidence. As a student member of the Positive Psychology Guild, you may also attend CPD learning series events using your student discount.

The online Academy also offers social groups where you may connect with other students on topics such as Mental Health & Wellbeing, Neurodiversity & Inclusion, Creativity & Innovation, and Violence & Post Traumatic Growth. These groups are linked to Positive Psychology concepts and encourage discussions on research, theory, and practice.

For further details on the course content, please read on or contact us at:

Entry Criteria

Please note that this is a Level 3-ranked qualification.

This is equivalent to A-Levels in the UK. You will be expected to follow introductory course learning material on research and theory, and complete practical and written assignments designed to further your professional and personal development.

You must hold a Level 2 qualification or above (or the equivalent, e.g. GCSE’s which are ranked at Level 2 plus relevant work experience) and be willing to engage in Level 3 studies that are delivered through a blend of online group learning (live) and self-paced studies. We also accept applications from people without formal qualifications who have practical work experience and strong people-oriented skills and strengths.

In addition, you must have an established qualification and/or professional experience in working with people in individual and/or group settings. This may be as a manager, HR executive, trainer, psychologist, coach or counsellor. Your Level 3 practitioner project will draw on the professional skills you use in your current practice.

We welcome mature students and people with different learning needs. Our tutors are trained to lend additional support in this regard. If you do not have an academic background or you require special learning assistance, please contact us for further information at:


Completion Time

The course training schedule is delivered over 6 weeks.

This is followed by a self-paced trainee supervision and observation period during the project intervention assignment (3-6 months).

The maximum period for completing this award is 12 months from the date of your enrolment. If you wish to continue after this period, a formal request will need to be submitted and an extension fee will apply.


2. Course Outline

Our Professional UK Level 3 Certificate in Associate Positive Psychology Practice is designed for people who wish to gain a practical understanding of Positive Psychology while furthering their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

The course welcomes suitably qualified people from the following professional backgrounds:

  • Managers and HR executives
  • Educators, teachers, and trainers
  • Psychologists, coaches, and counsellors
  • Fitness instructors, personal trainers, and sport coaches

In each of the above professions, you will have gained practical experience of working with individuals and/or groups in professional settings. This course will enable you to integrate Positive Psychology psycho-education and interventions into your client work.

As a graduate of this course, you may refer to yourself as an Associate Positive Psychology Practitioner and will receive 1 complimentary year of Associate Practitioner Membership with the Positive Psychology Guild. For more information on membership, please click here.

You may also plan to study this course as a stepping stone to our Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Practice (Coaching, Training, Organisations) where you will study the research, theory, and application of Positive Psychology in more rigorous depth over a 2-year period. Accelerated routes are available on these diplomas for qualified coaches, trainers, facilitators, and organisational psychologists.


Level 3 Certificate in Positive Psychology Practice (Associate)

This qualification will introduce you to the Psychology of Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation and how to integrate Positive Psychology psycho-education and interventions on each of these areas into your client work.

6-Week Group Training Cycle (GTC)

Session 1: Working With Clients

This session will introduce you to the landscape, ethics and values of Positive Psychology in Practice, and how to work with clients using Positive Psychology psycho-education and person-centred interventions that support psychological and subjective wellbeing.

Session 2: Strengths Practice

This session will introduce you to the process of character development when working with clients. You will explore Positive Psychology’s 24 character strengths and 6 virtues, how to educate clients on these, and how to develop strengths-based interventions in your client work.

Session 3: Authenticity Practice

This session will introduce you to the concepts of authenticity, self, values, meaning, and purpose. You will explore ways to activate the authentic self, how to educate clients on authenticity, and how to develop authenticity-based interventions in your client work.

Session 4: Resilience Practice

This session will introduce you to the 5 pillars of resilience – mindfulness, compassion, acceptance, positive action, and community. You will explore how to cultivate resilience-based practices, how to educate clients on resilience, and how to develop resilience-based interventions in your client work.

Session 5: Positive Emotions Practice

This session will introduce you to positive and negative emotions, feelings, and states. You will explore activities that shift people into more positive states, how to educate clients on positive emotions, and how to develop positive interventions in your client work.

Session 6: Motivation Practice

This session will introduce you to the roles of hope, fear, courage, and confidence in motivation. You will explore how motivation is linked to fundamental needs, how to educate clients on motivation, and how to develop motivation-based interventions in your client work.

Course Timeline & Assessment

After the 6 sessions, you will brainstorm your project (a case study intervention with an individual or group relevant to your professional skill set). You will then submit a project proposal and attend 3 x 1:1 supervision calls while you develop, deliver, and evaluate your case study intervention project with voluntary client/s (i.e. they will be aware you are in training and will not be charged a fee for your work with them, and you may deliver this intervention in your current workplace or private practice).

You will be assessed formatively (i.e. no grade) throughout the course via participation in class and online discussion threads, and summatively (i.e. with a grade) through a case study portfolio (6 hours of client session reporting, reflective report on your practice, session recording links with volunteer client consent for trainer observation and feedback) following your intervention. Your portfolio will be due within 3-6 months of completing the Group Training Cycle (sessions 1-6).

GTC sessions are not recorded so you will need to attend live in order to participate on this course. In between sessions, you will also be given reading material and practical exercises to explore personally and professionally. You will schedule your 1:1 supervision sessions directly with your trainer.

It is expected that you will need to set aside 5 hours per week for studies during the first 6 weeks (including the sessions) and a further 20-30 hours while you complete your client intervention and portfolio, and attend trainee supervision sessions. The total qualification time is estimated at 60 hours.


3. Certification

This certificate is accredited by the Positive Psychology Guild (PPG). PPG is a Not for Profit Organisation and a government registered learning provider with a UK Provider Reference Number: 10067939.

On successful completion of your diploma, you will receive a certificate stating that you hold a Level 3 Certificate in Positive Psychology Practice (Associate) and may use the letters PPGCert after your name.

Please note that this course is a practical entry point into Positive Psychology Practice. You will qualify as an Associate Positive Psychology Practitioner. It will prepare you for further Positive Psychology Practitioner training at Level 5. You may progress from here to Level 7 research studies.

For further information, please contact us at:


Associate Membership

Graduates of the Level 3 Award in Positive Psychology Practice will be able to join the Positive Psychology Guild as an Associate Member.

If you hold a higher qualification in psychology (e.g. a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology or Bachelors degree in Psychology), your qualifications may be taking into account and you might be eligible to apply for Professional or Fellow Membership.

For more information on membership services, please click here.



You may progress to one or more of the following Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology Practice:


4. Course Costs

The certificate qualification fee is £1250 (May 2022+ fees). This includes:

  • Online access to the Positive Psychology Academy
  • 6-week Group Training Cycle (GTC) calls & online group
  • 3 x 1:1 supervision calls after the GTC
  • Practice observation & feedback
  • Online access to course learning materials
  • Access to open webinar lectures (recorded)
  • Feedback on assignment drafts (on request)
  • Course assessments (project portfolio)
  • PPG Student Membership throughout your studies*
  • Certification on successful completion of the course**

*You will also receive 1 year of complimentary PPG Associate Membership on graduation. Your membership includes access to the Journal of Positive Psychology For more details on membership, please click here.

**The course is designed to take 4-6 months to complete. It is valid for 1 year. Should you need to extend this period, course extension fees will apply.

The course fee may be paid in full during enrolment with a £100 discount (£1150) or through a 3-month PPG Payment Plan with a deposit of £650 and 2 x monthly instalments of £300 each.

The course will provide you with written and oral teaching points, and links to open access journal articles and other online resources that are freely available. You will also be taught how to find these resources yourself.

We recognise that some students may wish to purchase textbooks on Positive Psychology to supplement their learning resources. If you wish to budget in advance for this, we recommend setting aside a further £20-50.


Common Questions

How many hours of studying a week should I expect?

We estimate 5 hours a week (this includes online sessions and group supervision) with additional hours during your project assignment development, implementation, evaluation, reporting, and supervision.

How long will it take me to complete this course and certify?

You will complete the training element of this course in 6 weeks. Your project intervention will include 6 client-facing hours, preparation, and reporting time as well as 1:1 supervision session time. This may be completed in as little as 2 months or as much as 6 months, depending on your project design, delivery and reporting timeline.

Your completion timeline is therefore estimated at 3.5-7.5 months. We recommend aiming for a completion timeline of 4-6 months. You have up to 12 months to complete the course (further to this course extension fees will apply).

Can you explain the assignment structure – what is expected of me?

You will be expected to write client reports and a reflective practice report that reflects your intervention process. This will include case study analysis. Templates and instructions will be provided for this. Professional writing skills with referencing where relevant will be expected. You will receive an assessment brief.

If it has been a while since you completed a written assignment, please do not worry. Your trainer will be available to guide and support you.

If you have specific learning needs (e.g. English is a second language, dyslexia), please let your trainer know. Our assessment structure allows for individual learning needs.

I’m a dance / yoga / marital arts / mindfulness / movement / meditation teacher – can I apply for this course?

Yes, you may. So long as you are qualified to teach individuals and/or groups in your area of movement, mindfulness, and/or meditation, you may complete this course and integrate Positive Psychology concepts into your practice.

Will the PPG membership package cover me for insurance and liability?

The Associate Membership package includes liability and insurance coverage to practice Positive Psychology within the scope of your qualification in the UK and (currently) Europe. This practice covers talk-based Positive Psychology psycho-education and interventions (e.g. coaching, training, facilitation, teaching, counseling).

It does not cover exercise, sport, or movement (if this is your existing profession, you will need to have in place relevant insurance coverage here). It also does not cover clinical psychology or counseling areas that extend beyond Positive Psychology (e.g. supporting clients with mental health conditions such as depression, trauma, and anxiety – again, you will need relevant insurance coverage here for these other dimensions of your practice).

Will this course prepare me for a MAPP degree?

This course is set at Level 3. A Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) is equivalent to Level 7.

The course will prepare you to progress onto a Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Practice and from there, Level 7 studies or a MAPP degree.

If you hold other relevant qualifications (e.g. a Bachelors degree in Psychology at Level 6), you may apply for a MAPP degree on this basis. Please check course entry criteria before doing so as each university will have their own entry requirements.

If you wish to apply for a MAPP degree after your course, you may request an academic reference and set of transcripts from PPG to support your application. Please keep in mind that universities have a separate and independent admissions process.


Next Steps

You may enrol in this course at various points throughout the year including:

  • 8th September 2022

You will receive access to the online Academy on your enrolment date and the course will begin the following week.

The session day and timing for this intake is Friday, 1pm-3pm UK.

Friday 9th September – Start of 6-week Group Training Cycle (6 x weekly training)

After this, you will progress to project supervision and observation.

Application deadlines are 2 weeks prior to the enrolment date.

  • Course fee (or deposit) payments must be completed 2 weeks prior to enrolment.
  • Spaces are limited so we recommend applying early to secure your place.
  • Enrolment dates may be subject to change.

The course may also be studied on a 1:1 basis on request and as a corporate training event for a group of employees.

If you require further information, or to request a course application form, please contact:

You may also download an application form here: PPG Positive Psychology Application Form


About the Positive Psychology Guild

The Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) is a non-profit think tank, research institution, training provider, awarding body and membership organisation for Positive Psychologists and Practitioners Internationally. The Positive Psychology Network (PPN) is the social wing of PPG.

PPG offers a bridge between coaches, mentors, trainers, consultants, entrepreneurs, teachers and researchers who integrate Positive Psychology into their services, and psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists engaged in positive therapy. It partners with Bucks New University Positive Psychology Department (MAPP), and collaborates on research, raising standards and building awareness of this emerging and powerful discipline.

PPG also runs online and live courses on Positive Organisational Psychology, Mental Health First Aid & Wellbeing, and Autism Awareness for Managers & Practitioners, as well as corporate and non-profit workshops and talks on Positive Psychology and wider Psychology topics.

For more information, please contact:

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