Accredited Level 3 Certificate Positive Psychology Practice (Introduction to Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, Motivation)

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Positive Psychology is a rapidly evolving field of research and practice.

Led by Martin Seligman during his presidency at the American Psychological Association in 1998, it is now known for establishing a scientific approach to the understanding of subjective human experiences such as hope, gratitude, and wellbeing.

You may well be familiar with research findings that promote the positive impact of integrating a gratitude practice or cultivating hope in your daily life. This course will provide you with the knowledge to understand why interventions such as these can have such a powerful effect on people’s states of minds and quality of life, and tools to facilitate these shifts in other people.

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

As a graduate from our Level 3 Certificate 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 may progress from here to our Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Fundamentals.

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. Course Overview

Successful completion of this course will certify you as a Positive Psychology Practitioner.

You will be introduced to the Applied Psychology of Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation. The Applied Science of Wellbeing and Philosophy of Flourishing runs throughout the course.

You will be trained in Positive Psychology Practitioner Skills for individuals and groups, and the ethics of running a professional practice.

On graduation, you will be qualified and certified to run a private Positive Psychology practice, or integrate what you have learned into an existing professional role.

You may also apply for Professional Membership with the Positive Psychology Guild, offers insurance and liability coverage for practice in the UK and Europe, and join the Register of Practitioners.

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


Student Profiles

This course 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.

You will have already gained practical experience of working with individuals and/or groups in professional settings. This course will teach you how to integrate Positive Psychology psycho-education and interventions into your existing work.

The course welcomes qualified professionals such as:

  • Organisational Consultants
  • Business Leaders & HR Managers
  • Learning & Development Specialists
  • Educators, Teachers & Trainers
  • Coaches, Counsellors & Psychologists
  • Fitness Instructors & Personal Trainers
  • Sport Coaches & Psychologists


Course Delivery

This course is delivered online by the Positive Psychology Academy.

The Academy is a virtual learning environment where you will access your course materials and engage in a virtual study group led by your course tutor or trainer. Outside of live classes, you will participate in online discussion threads in the group and develop your assignments with peer support.


Entry Criteria

This is a Level 3-ranked qualification.

Level 3 is equivalent to A-Levels in the UK. It is also a common level for vocational training courses for adult learners such as this one.

To apply, you should hold a Level 2 qualification or above, or the equivalent (e.g. relevant work experience and professional training), and be willing to engage in Level 3 studies that are delivered through a blend of online group learning (live) and self-directed studies outside of class.

You will need to have a keen interest in personal development and wellbeing, and be curious about how people think, feel, behave, and change.

You must also have prior experience of working with people in a professional capacity (e.g. as a coach, trainer, teacher, or manager).

For further information or to apply, please contact us 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. The course is designed to be completed within 6 months.


2. Course Outline

Level 3 Certificate Positive Psychology Practice

On this course, you will be trained in Positive Psychology Client Engagement and the Applied Psychology of Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation in professional practice.

You will gain practical knowledge and tools that you may use and develop to integrate Positive Psychology into an existing area of professional practice with individuals and/or groups.

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Level 3 Certificate Positive Psychology Practice and be certified to practice.

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


Group Training Cycle

Your course will begin with a 6-week Group Training Cycle (GTC). During this time, you will attend weekly training sessions of 2 hours each where you will be introduced to professional practice, psychoeducation, and positive interventions.


You will study and practice:

  • Session 1: Professional Practice
  • Session 2: Strengths Practice
  • Session 3: Authenticity Practice
  • Session 4: Resilience Practice
  • Session 5: Positive Emotions Practice
  • Session 6: Motivation Practice

You will engage in peer and reflective practice throughout the cycle. On completion, you will transition to 1:1 supervision and practice observation while you complete a Positive Psychology practitioner project.

For more details on this course content and assessment, please view: PPQS-09-PPP Certificate Qualification Specification


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. It is also a CPD Group accredited provider (777427).

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

For further information, please contact us at:


Professional Membership

On successful completion of this qualification, you may apply to join the Positive Psychology Guild as a Professional Member and Registered Positive Psychology Practitioner.

For more information on membership services, please click here.


Course Progression

On certification, you may progress to one of the following qualifications:

For further details, please contact us at:


CPD Training Events

As an Academy member or graduate, you will be invited to CPD training events run by the Positive Psychology Centre.

Recorded events include Positive Education and Positive Leadership & Engagement. Upcoming live events include Positive Health and Positive Organisations.

For information and bookings on upcoming events, please contact us at:


4. Next Steps

For further information on upcoming course dates, please contact:


Course Fees

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

  • Access to the Positive Psychology Academy
  • Access to self-paced interactive study material
  • Group training, 1:1 supervision, and assessments
  • Certification on successful completion of the course

Payment options include:

  • Single payment during enrolment with a £100 discount (£1150)
  • PPG Payment Plan with a deposit of £650 and 2 x monthly instalments of £300


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Positive Psychology Guild?

The Positive Psychology Guild is a limited company with not-for-profit status and a UK government registered learning provider. It trains, certifies, and insures Positive Psychology Practitioners, and accredits Positive Psychology courses and qualifications. For further information, please click here.

How many hours of studying a week should I expect?

We estimate 5 hours a week (this includes training sessions and supervision) with additional hours during the final assignment.

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

You will complete the training element of this course in 6 weeks then proceed to your practitioner project assignment. Your project intervention will include 6 client-facing hours and further preparation and reporting time, as well as 1:1 supervision time. It may be completed in 3-6 months, depending on your project design, delivery and reporting timeline.

You will be given up to 12 months to submit your final assignment and complete the course.

Can you explain the assignments – what is expected of me?

You will be expected to write client reports and a reflective practice report on your project intervention process and outcomes. This will include case study analysis. Templates and instructions will be provided for this. Professional writing skills with referencing where relevant will be expected.

At the end of your training cycle, you will receive an assessment brief to guide you and may ask further questions. 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, or you have dyslexia), please let your trainer know. Our assessment structure allows for differentiation in individual learning needs.

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

The Professional 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 area of professional practice, 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.

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