Level 3 Certificate Neurodiversity & Inclusion (Train-the-Trainer)

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This CPD Accredited Level 3 Certificate course has been designed with in-depth consultation with families and individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. It is cutting edge and based on best practice guidelines and can be delivered within either a taught or distance learning environment (DL).

PPG partners with many organisations on autism research, and has launched its own Autism Centre. The centre has an open collaboration and co-production ethos, and welcomes discussion and partnership with other Organisations and Individuals.


1. Course Overview

Successful completion of this course will certify you as a Neurodiversity & Inclusion Trainer.

You will study Neurodiversity & Inclusion starting with an in-depth journey through Autism. You will also receive supplementary course learning materials on other neurodivergent profiles (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, OCD, Tourette’s, and ADHD).

You will also be introduced to the Positive Psychology topics of strengths, authenticity, and resilience and learn how to integrate a Positive Psychology-informed approach into your professional practice.

On graduation, you will be qualified and certified to run trainings on neurodiversity and inclusion, drawing on your Positive Psychology knowledge base as appropriate.


Student Profiles

This course is designed for people who wish to gain a practical understanding of Neurodiversity & Inclusion and how to translate this knowledge into practice in a workplace.

You may be interested in one particular neurodivergent profile (e.g. autism) or several and will be motivated to include neurodivergent individuals in the workplace.

Students and graduates of this course tend to have a personal and professional interest in this topic. They are also interested in learning how a Positive Psychology-informed approach can support the creation of neurodiverse and inclusive workplaces.


Our Course Tutors & Trainers

This course is delivered by people who are passionate about Autism and Neurodiversity.

All of our tutors and trainers are either neurodivergent or have a strong connection with neurodiversity (e.g. family member, working in a neurodiverse team). They are there to help empower you to learn and give you autonomy over your own learning process whilst supporting you through each stage of the process.


Course Delivery & Timeline

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 if you wish, connect with other students in a virtual Neurodiversity & Inclusion group.

The course is delivered through a combination of self-paced studies with tutor support. You will study the course materials in your own time then meet with your tutor via Zoom to develop your assignments.

You will complete your qualification training within 3-6 months. Your course access is valid for 12 months in total.


Entry Criteria

This is a Level 3-ranked qualification.

Level 3 is equivalent in complexity to an A-level in the UK.

To apply, you must hold a Level 2 qualification or above (e.g. a GCSE), 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 live tutor engagement and self-directed studies outside of tutor calls.

You will need to have a keen interest in neurodiversity and inclusion. Practical experience in this field is helpful but not essential.

For further information or to apply, please read on or contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org


2. Course Outline

Level 3 Certificate Neurodiversity & Inclusion

This course is delivered over 7 units. The first five units focus on autism, however you will be given supplementary learning materials on other neurodivergent profiles.


Unit 1: Understanding Autism

  • How autism has come to be defined and diagnosed
  • An exploration of common difficulties often faced by people with autism
  • An exploration of strengths and unique attributes of people with autism
  • Exploring common stereotypes about people on the autism spectrum
  • Creating positive and enabling work environments for people on the autism spectrum


Unit 2: Autism & Communication

  • Psychology of language development and positive communications
  • An exploration of variations in use of language and communication in autism
  • Exploring factors that can facilitate (successful) communication at work
  • Responding to the natural communication preferences of people on the autism spectrum at work


Unit 3: Autism & Sensory Experience

  • Psychology of information processing and how to identify your own preferences
  • Understanding differences in how people on the autism spectrum experience and process information
  • Identifying the impact of sensory differences on every day life for people on the autism spectrum
  • Recognising and responding to sensory needs of people on the autism spectrum at work


Unit 4: Autism & Anxiety / Stress

  • Exploring the impact of stress for those on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Understanding how stress, anxiety, and wellbeing are experienced by autistic people
  • Identifying mechanisms to reduce the impact of the stress and anxiety experienced by autistic people
  • Collaborative design of coping strategies – working with Autistic people


Unit 5: Support Strategies

  • Exploring family and organisational dynamics, and impact on the families, teams and organisations where there are members on the autism spectrum
  • Identifying support needs and strategies required by people on the autism spectrum
  • How to plan and respond to the changing support needs of families that include members on the autism spectrum as a long term – lifelong process


Unit 6: Positive Psychology

  • Introduction to Positive Psychology Fundamentals
    • Strengths
    • Authenticity
    • Resilience
    • Positive Emotions
    • Motivation


Unit 7: Training & Assessment

  • Training methods and techniques
  • Critical reflection and evaluation of practice
  • Assessment of knowledge and training skills


3. Certification

This qualification 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 Neurodiversity & Inclusion (Train the Trainer). You may refer to yourself as a Neurodiversity & Inclusion Trainer (PPGCert).


4. Next Steps

Entry to this course is open several times a year.

Upcoming enrolment dates are:

  • 26th January 2023
  • 23 February 2023
  • 30 March 2023
  • 27 April 2023
  • 25 May 2023

Our team members are available to answer questions on the course and guide you through the application process.


For further information, please contact: training@ppnetwork.org


Course Fees

The certificate qualification fee is £1,450 (March 2022+ fees). This includes:

  • Access to the Positive Psychology Academy
  • Access to self-paced study materials
  • Tutoring, tutor feedback, and assessments
  • Certification on successful completion of the course

Payment options for individual learners include:

  • Single payment during enrolment with a £100 discount (£1,350)
  • PPG Payment Plan with a deposit of £450 and 10 x monthly instalments of £100 (Option 1)
  • PPG Payment Plan with a deposit of £450 and 5 x monthly instalments of £200 (Option 2)


Organisational Training

This course is also available on request for organisational delivery.

Our Autism Centre team also delivers individual training sessions on neurodiversity and inclusion.

If you would like to learn more about organisational training options and rates, please contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org


Joint Certification

Would you like to qualify as a Level 3 Neurodiversity & Inclusion Trainer (£1450) and a Level 5 Autism Awareness Practitioner (£1650)?

If you do, we offer a joint certification route for a combined payment of £2450.

You will begin your studies with the Level 3 Certificate in Neurodiversity & Inclusion (Train the Trainer). On completion of this, you will qualify as a Neurodiversity & Inclusion Trainer and may start (or continue) your professional practice in this domain. This part of your studies should take 3-6 months.

You will then continue onto an accelerated version of the Level 5 Diploma in Autism Awareness for Managers & Practitioners. On competition of this, you will qualify as an Autism Awareness Practitioner and may start (or continue) your practice in this domain. This part of your studies should take 6-12 months.

Personal payment plan options are available (deposit = £850, monthly instalments = 16 x £100 or 8 x £200).

This joint certification route is also available on request through corporate training.

For further information, please contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org

This course is delivered by the Positive Psychology Academy in partnership with our Positive Psychology Autism Centre. For further information on the Autism Centre, please visit its website here.

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