Accredited Level 5 Diploma Positive Organisational Psychology (Organisational Pathway for Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, Motivation)

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Positive Psychology has emerged over the past few decades as a leader in the science of character and wellbeing.

Within organisations, it is gaining ground as an alternative way to engage employees, and cultivate positive organisational cultures and psychologically informed environments where people feel they belong.

Leaders and managers have long felt challenged by topics such as employee motivation and resilience. Research and practice shows that strengths-based approaches coupled with skills appropriate to the role can help boost motivation and resilience, and enhance job satisfaction and performance over time.

Facilitate Positive Organisational Psychology policies, processes, and practices on strengths, wellbeing, resilience, leadership, teamwork, and performance …

As a graduate from our Level 5 Diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology, you will be qualified to practice Positive Psychology using organisational facilitation skills. You may apply for Professional Membership of the Positive Psychology Guild, which insures UK-based practitioners, and join the PPG Register of Professionals, which sets professional standards for the practice and regulation of Positive Psychology today.

PPG has a strong relationship with Bucks New University which was formed when our founder completed the MAPP programme. Reece Coker, the PPG President, is a strong advocate for this programme, and we feel that the Level 5 Diploma will prepare you 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 Organisational Psychology Practitioner.

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

You will be trained in Positive Psychology Practitioner Skills and Positive Organisational Psychology Skills for corporate, government, and non-profit organisations, and the ethics of running a professional practice.

On graduation, you will be qualified and certified to run a private Positive Organisational 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 content, please read on or contact us at: training@ppnetwork.org

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Student Profiles

This course is designed for people who wish to gain a scientific and philosophical understanding of Positive Organisational Psychology while furthering their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

You will be interested in personal development within the workplace on topics related to strengths, wellbeing, and resilience. This course will teach you how to apply Positive Psychology in these domains using general practitioner skills and organisational skills.

Students and graduates of this course come from across the world with diverse backgrounds and reasons for doing the course. Some wish to build or develop their own private practice while others plan to integrate what they learn into an existing leadership, management, or learning and development role.

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Our Course Tutors & Trainers

This course is delivered by people who are passionate about Positive Psychology.

All of our tutors have either completed this course or a similar one and are practicing Positive Psychology in personal, professional, and research domains.

They also have the added insight of working for a “positive organisation” as PPG endeavors to practice what it teaches at every level. We know first-hand that building a Positive Organisational Culture is a long-term commitment and learning process every step of the way!

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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 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.

The course timeline is 2 years and an accelerated route is typically 18 months. Please note that timelines can vary slightly depending on the enrolment date.

Entry Criteria

This is a Level 5-ranked qualification.

Level 5 is equivalent to a foundation degree in the UK.

To apply, you must hold a Level 3 qualification or above, or the equivalent (e.g. relevant work experience and professional training), and be willing to engage in Level 5 studies that are delivered through a blend of online group learning (live) and self-directed studies outside of class.

You will need a professional background in HR, management, and/or leadership, or a strong desire to develop these skills and competencies during your course.

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

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Accelerated Routes

Are you an experienced senior manager or HR professional who wishes to integrate Positive Psychology into your management or HR practice? Or a MAPP or PPG Positive Psychology Practitioner Diploma graduate looking to acquire organisational skills? Or an independent learner who would like to study part of the course solo with tutor support?

If your qualifications and/or professional experience meet or exceed our Level 5 standards, or you have a strong motivation and the skills to direct your own learning for part of this course, you may apply for one of our accelerated diploma routes. For more details, please read on!

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2. Course Outline

Level 5 Diploma Positive Organisational Psychology

This course is delivered in 3 parts. Module 1 builds your knowledge base in Positive Psychology Fundamentals. Module 2 trains you in Positive Psychology Practitioner Skills. Module 3 trains you as a Positive Organisational Psychology Practitioner.

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Module 1 – Positive Psychology Fundamentals

In this Module, you will explore Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation.

You will study broader concepts in Psychology, Philosophy, and Sociology that are relevant to understanding the research, theory, and practice of Positive Psychology and its inter-disciplinary links.

On successful completion of this Module, you will receive a Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Fundamentals. You will not yet be certified to practice professionally, as this step requires completion of Modules 2 and 3.

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You will study and explore:

  • Unit 1: The Psychology of Strengths
  • Unit 2: The Psychology of Authenticity
  • Unit 3: The Psychology of Resilience
  • Unit 4: The Psychology of Positive Emotions
  • Unit 5: The Psychology of Motivation

This first module is also the equivalent of a Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Fundamentals.

For more details on this module content and its assessment, please view: PPQS-01 L5 PPF Certificate Qualification Specification (Module 1)

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Module 2 – Positive Psychology Practice

In Module 2, you will be trained in the fundamental skills required for professional Positive Psychology practice, which are: (1) Ethics & Values; (2) Client Engagement; (3) Psycho-education; (4) Positive Psychology Interventions; (5) Mental Health & Wellbeing; (6) Case Study Analysis.

You will practice these skills with peers in your training group. You may also practice with family and friends who are willing to support your growth as a future Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach.

Module 2 will teach you how to bridge your knowledge of Positive Psychology Fundamentals with professional practice. You will attend 6 x weekly group training calls (2hrs each) and engage in further training activities and personal practice outside of class.

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You will study and practice:

  • Session 1: Professional Practice
  • Session 2: Client Engagement
  • Session 3: Psychoeducation
  • Session 4: Positive Interventions
  • Session 5: Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Session 6: Diversity, Neurodiversity & Inclusion

This second module is also the equivalent of a Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Practitioner Skills.

For more details on this module content and its assessment, please view: PPQS-03 L5 PPPS Certificate Qualification Specification (Module 2)

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Module 3 – Positive Organisational Psychology Practice

In this Module, you will be trained to practice Positive Psychology using organisational facilitation skills in the workplace and other communities with 1:1 practice supervision.

You will practice these skills with peers in your training group and later, with volunteer “clients” – these are project participants who consent to being facilitated by you as part of your training.

You will learn how to integrate your knowledge of Positive Psychology and general practitioner skills into a variety of contexts (e.g. corporate, governmental, charity, community settings). Incorporating facilitation skills will further your capacity to support organisational development.

On successful completion of this module, you will qualify as a Certified Positive Organisational Psychology Practitioner and able to work with clients in a safe and ethical manner.

You may apply for Professional Membership with the Positive Psychology Guild and become a registered Positive Psychology Practitioner.

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You will study and practice:

  • Session 1: Positive Organisational Psychology
  • Session 2: Organisational Facilitation
  • Session 3: Leadership & Teamwork
  • Session 4: Organisational Research
  • Session 5: Community Outreach
  • Session 6: Project Design

After Session 6, you will progress to 1:1 trainee supervision and practice observation.

For more details on this module content and its assessment, please view: PPQS-06 L5 POPS Certificate Qualification Specification (Module 3)

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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 5 Diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology. You may refer to yourself as a Positive Organisational Psychology Practitioner (PPGDip).

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Professional Membership

Graduates of this course will be invited to join the Positive Psychology Guild as a Professional Member.

Professional Membership includes liability and insurance coverage for practice in the UK and the possibility to apply to join the Register of Positive Psychology Practitioners.

For more information on membership services, please click here.

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Course Progression

One certification, you may progress to one of the following qualification

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

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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 EducationPositive Health, and Positive Organisations, Positive Leadership & Engagement.

For information and bookings on upcoming events, please contact us at: events@ppnetwork.org

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4. Next Steps

Entry to this course is open throughout the year.

The Module 1 units may be studied in any order – this allows flexibility in your start date.

Upcoming Module 1 enrolment dates are:

  • Tuesday 30th April 2024 – Positive Emotions Unit (Zoom classes start on Tuesday 7th May 2024 / Application Deadline: Friday 12th April 2024)
  • Tuesday 25th June 2024 – Motivation Unit (Zoom classes start on Tuesday 2nd July 2024 / Application Deadline: Friday 7th June 2024)
  • Tuesday 15th October 2024 – Strengths Unit (Zoom classes start on Tuesday 22nd October 2024 / Application Deadline: Friday 27th September 2024)
  • Tuesday 4th February 2025 – Authenticity Unit (Zoom classes start on Tuesday 11th February 2025 / Application Deadline: Friday 17th January 2025)
  • Tuesday 1st April 2025 – Resilience Unit (Zoom classes start on Tuesday 8th April 2025 / Application Deadline: Friday 14th March 2025)

Please note there is a 2-hour induction session via Zoom for new students on enrolment day. There are two options for attendance (1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm UK).

Group training enrolment dates are in February and September (Module 2) and April and November (Module 3) each year. You will be given a training schedule during enrolment.

You may also request a training schedule during the enquiry phase to check you are available for live and mandatory classes.

The total time for course completion is 18-24 months.

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

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Online Application Form

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO THIS COURSE

We recommend applying at least 2 weeks prior to your desired enrolment date to allow time to process your application.

To enquire about your application, please contact: training@ppnetwork.org

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Course Fees

The diploma qualification fee is £2,450 (September 2023+ fees) plus VAT (20%) = £2940

The course fee includes:

  • Access to the Positive Psychology Academy
  • Access to self-paced interactive study material
  • Group tutoring, tutor feedback, and assessments
  • Group training and trainee practice supervision
  • Certification on successful completion of the course

Payment options include:

  • Single payment during enrolment with a £100 discount on the course fee (£2350 + VAT = £2820)
  • PPG Payment Plan – deposit (£850 + VAT = £1020) and 16 monthly payments (£100 + VAT = £120 x 16)
  • PPG Payment Plan – deposit (£850 + VAT = £1020) and 8 monthly payments (£200 + VAT = £240 x 8)

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Accelerated Route 1 (Level 5+ Executive Coaches, Organisational Trainers)

Qualified and experienced Level 5+ executive coaches and organisational trainers may apply for an accelerated version of this course.

We also make case-by-case exceptions for those with strong leadership, management, HR, and organisational communications qualifications and experience.

You will complete Modules 1 and 2 then skip Module 3 training and go directly to Module 3 project supervision and observation.

The fee for this option is £2,150 (September 2023+ fees) plus VAT (20%) = £2580.

Payment plans are available on request.

Entry Criteria

  • Level 5+ Executive Coaching or Training qualification from a recognised learning provider. This should include an understanding of professional ethics, client engagement processes (needs analysis, organisational proposals, consulting and service delivery), and client-centred practice.
  • Experience of how to conduct organisational research (interviews, focus group discussions, surveys) is also required for this accelerated route.

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Accelerated Route 2 (MAPP & PPG Graduates)

MAPP (Masters of Applied Positive Psychology) and PPG graduates may apply for an accelerated version of this courses.

You will skip Module 1 and go directly to group training and project supervision and observation for Modules 2 and 3. Enrolment dates are February and September each year.

The fee for this option is £1,450 (September 2023+ fees) plus VAT = £1740.

Payment plans are available on request.

Entry Criteria

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Accelerated Route 3 (PPG Level 5 Certified Positive Psychology Practitioners)

PPG Certified Positive Psychology Practitioners (Level 5 only) may apply for an accelerated version of this course.

You will skip Modules 1 and 2 and go directly to group training and project supervision and observation for Module 3. Enrolment dates are April and November each year.

You will skip Modules 1 and 2 and go directly to group training and project supervision and observation for Module 3. Enrolment dates are April and November each year.

The fee for this option is £950 (September 2023+ fees) plus VAT = £1140.

Payment plans are available on request.

Entry Criteria

  • PPG Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Coaching Practice OR
  • PPG Level 5 Diploma Positive Organisational Psychology

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Accelerated Route 4 (PPG Level 3 Certified Positive Psychology Practitioners)

PPG Certified Positive Psychology Practitioners (Level 3 only) may apply for an accelerated version of this course.

You will complete Modules 1, skip Module 2, complete Module 3 then proceed to project supervision and observation for Module 3. Enrolment dates are the same as for the full version of this course (see course details above), as you will begin your studies with Module 1. Enrolment dates for Module 3 are April and November each year.

The fee for this option is £1,450 (September 2023+ fees) plus VAT = £1740.

Payment plans are available on request.

Entry Criteria

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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. For further information, please click here.

How many hours of studying a week should I expect?

We estimate 5-7 hours a week (this includes group calls) with additional hours during assignment phases.

What is the Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this course?

The TQT is set at 360 hours (Module 1 = 180hrs, Modules 2 & 3 = 180hrs).  This includes class time, participation in online Academy study group discussion threads, reading/watching the materials provided, further reading of your own initiative, peer practice, project delivery, supervision and observation, and assignment development and submission.

Which certification will I receive?

This is a joint qualification. You will receive a Level 5 Certificate Positive Psychology Fundamentals for successful completion of Module 1 (non-practitioner), and a Level 5 Diploma Positive Psychology Training Practice for successful completion of Modules 2 and 3. You will be issued both certificates on graduation.

Do graduates go on to practice professionally after this degree?

Yes. We prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and initial practice hours to feel confident in setting up a private practice or integrate what you have learned into an existing professional role.

Will I be insured to practice professionally after certification?

On certification, you may apply for Professional Membership with the Positive Psychology Guild (see here).

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

For more information on membership, please contact: membership@ppnetwork.org

Will this course prepare me for a MAPP degree?

This course is set at Level 5. A Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) is equivalent to Level 7.

The course will prepare you to progress onto a MAPP degree. For example, you will read research articles on Positive Psychology and learn how to conduct Positive Psychology self-interventions, write literature reviews, critical reviews, and reflective logs. You will also learn case study analysis skills in your final project.

Throughout the course, you will be challenged to think critically about Positive Psychology research, theory, and application. These academic skills are essential to a MAPP degree. You will also study links between Positive Psychology and other schools of thought in Psychology, Philosophy, and Sociology.

This course will not teach you advanced research skills. If you wish to acquire these, you may apply for the Level 7 Certificate Applied Positive Psychology Research on completion of this course (click here for course details).

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.

I want to apply to this course but I’m not academic – can I still apply?

Yes. We welcome both academic and practical learners onto this course – you might even be or become both!

Academic skills will help you to read and review the research on Positive Psychology. This is important when building an evidence-based practice, as you will need to keep up to date with the latest progressions in the field.

During Module 1, your group tutor will teach you how to develop these academic skills if you do not already have them. During Modules 2 and 3, your trainer will teach you how to translate these academic skills into professional practice.

I am interested in Positive Psychology research – what are my options?

You may progress after this course to the Level 7 Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology. This certificate is an exciting opportunity to explore practical questions you may have about the application of Positive Psychology and develop your own research contribution to the field.

I am neurodivergent – is it possible for me to apply?

Yes. The Positive Psychology Guild and its Academy welcome applications from neurodivergent individuals.

Amongst our student base are individuals with autism, dyslexia, OCD, and ADHD. Some may need to be assessed differently (e.g. oral rather than written assignments) while others may need more one-to-one tutor or trainer support. Some may excel in independent learning and need no additional support.

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