Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach Diploma (Level 5)

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There is now an exciting opportunity to become a professional Positive Psychology Practitioner and Coach with the Positive Psychology Guild.

Positive Psychology (PP) is one of the fastest growing and most exciting disciplines within Psychology today. PP approaches have now been widely adopted by the NHS and favoured as an approach by the CQC. The applications go way beyond mental illness and on towards mental flourishing within business, life and relationships.  https://www.scie.org.uk/strengths-based-approaches/guidance

Positive Psychology as a discipline has implications that transcend 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…

Teach Positive Psychology Subjects or Coach individuals, groups and businesses…

Positive Psychology Network partners with Bucks New University in research, events and conferences and the development of National Occupational Standards in Positive Psychology Practice. As a graduate from our Diploma Course, you will be qualified, licensed and insured to practice Positive Psychology in a variety of disciplines. Should you wish to progress your studies even further – you will be ideally placed for acceptance onto the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology MSc degree course. PPN will also offer an academic reference on your behalf. Acceptance is subject to the usual University checks.

1. Professional Education

Positive Psychology in Practice translates the scientific and academic study of Positive Psychology to life and work through the application of professional skills. These skills include coaching, training, facilitation, teaching, mentoring, counselling, and research. Our core diplomas introduce the fundamental skills of coaching, training and facilitation. This diploma page is about the first pathway of coaching.

Learning Delivery

Most of our students are adult learners with busy lives. They are looking for flexible, online, professional courses that will prepare them for practicing an area of Positive Psychology. The course content is delivered online in a user-friendly format and a personal tutor is assigned at the start of the course. All of our tutors are qualified Positive Psychology Practitioners with relevant experience. You will meet with your tutor on a regular basis via online video or audio calls and be able to contact them by email throughout your course.

Entry Criteria

Please note that this is a level 5-ranked qualification. This means you will be expected to produce written academic assignments at an undergraduate level. Your tutor will support you as much as possible in meeting this criteria during the course. With this one-to-one support, we are confident that most students who do not have a prior academic background in psychology will succeed, if they are willing to persevere. The academic content of this course is balanced with the practical application of Positive Psychology in professional practice and a rewarding personal development journey.

We welcome both 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: training@ppnetwork.org

Completion Time

You may start their course at any time of the year and choose the pace at which you go. Depending on the pace of studies you set yourself, you may complete your diploma within 6 to 12 months. Should you need to pause your studies for personal or professional reasons, this is possible to do so. The maximum period for completing your diploma is 3 years from the date of enrolment. Should you wish to complete after this period, an updated application will need to be made.

Accelerated Route

Are you a qualified and practicing coach who wishes to become a Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach? If your coaching qualification and experience meets the level of coaching skills and practice required, you may be eligible to join the Accelerated Route. For more details please read on!

Seminars & Symposiums

PPN regularly runs networking events, seminars and workshops. As a student, you will be encouraged you attend and will be given discount codes exclusive to our student members. Student membership details can be found here. Please contact us below for further details on past and upcoming events.


2. Course Outline

Our Professional UK Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology Practice are designed for people who wish to practice Positive Psychology in the fields of Coaching, Training, and Facilitation. We call these the “3 Pathways” to Positive Psychology in Practice. Whichever pathway(s) you choose, your journey will begin with Module 1, the academic study and personal exploration of Positive Psychology Fundamentals.

Module 1 – Positive Psychology Fundamentals

Module 1 will ground you in the Psychology of Strengths (Unit 1), Authenticity (Unit 2), Resilience (Unit 3), Positive Emotions (Unit 4), and Motivation (Unit 5). You will be introduced to Positive Psychology research and practice in these areas. This will form the knowledge base and self-awareness for your future practice area. Your personal tutor, a Positive Psychology Practitioner, will guide you through this process.

Module 1 will challenge you academically and personally to go beyond a surface-level understanding of Positive Psychology to a point where you can critically evaluate various Positive Psychology Interventions (PPI’s). You will complete 10 written assignments: 5 reflective logs, 4 literature review papers, and 1 academic presentation. You will select unit topics that motivate and inspire you.

To become qualified to coach, train, or facilitate, you must successfully complete Module 1 and progress to Module 2 (Professional Skills) and Module 3 (Professional Practice). Should you not wish to complete the professional aspects of the course, you may successfully complete your studies here and graduate with a Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals.

Module 1 Units

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 module takes on average 3-6 months to complete, depending on your pace. 10 assignments will be completed here, including 4 literature reviews, an academic poster based on a literature review, and 5 personal reflective logs. This phase of your learning will develop your knowledge base and critical thinking skills, and support your personal development as a future practitioner and coach.

If you are on the Accelerated Route, you will complete all of Module 1.

Module 2 – Positive Psychology Coaching Skills

Pathway 1 is designed for students who wish to practice as a Positive Psychology Coach, or use professional Positive Psychology coaching skills in a particular domain (e.g. work, life, home). In Module 2, students will study the skills needed to become a Professional Positive Psychology Coach. You will draw and build on the knowledge base you have acquired in Module 1.

Module 2 will ground you in the art and science of coaching. You will study the history, science, and philosophy of coaching and its various methods and tools of delivery. Your personal tutor, a Positive Psychology Coach, will support you as you learn how to design and implement individual and group coaching sessions and programs. At this stage, you will focus on skills acquisition and development.

Module 2 will teach you how to integrate your knowledge of Positive Psychology Fundamentals into an effective and evidence-based coaching practice. For example, you will learn how to coach individuals and groups on Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation. You will also learn how to conduct coaching conversations that support personal and professional growth.

At the end of this module, you will complete a 3-hour written exam. The exam will be open book, which means you may have access to all of your study material during the examination. You will also complete a coaching project assignment.

On successful completion of Module 2, you may progress to Module 3 (Professional Coaching Practice). Should you not wish to continue your studies from here, you may successfully complete your studies here and graduate with a Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching Skills.

Module 2 Units

Unit 1: History, Science & Philosophy of Coaching

Unit 2: Positive Psychology Coaching Methods & Tools

Unit 3: Positive Psychology Coaching Sessions

Unit 4: Positive Psychology Coaching Programs

Unit 5: Assignment Preparation (Exam & Project)

This module takes around 1-3 months to complete, depending on your pace. You will complete a written exam and compile a hypothetical project assignment related to your area of interest in your future coaching practice. This phase of your learning focuses on skills development. You will also draw on the areas of your Module 1 knowledge base when designing hypothetical coaching sessions and programs.

If you are on the Accelerated Route, you will complete only the assignments in Module 2.

Module 3 – Positive Psychology Coaching Practice

Module 3 is designed to prepare you in building a Professional Positive Psychology Coaching Practice. You will be introduced to client needs, states, common coaching scenarios, and the Guild’s Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practitioners. You will learn when and how to refer clients whose needs exceed coaching, and how to work with more complex coaching cases.

During this module, you will spend 12 practice hours coaching a voluntary client in an unpaid capacity. You will use your knowledge base from Module 1 and professional coaching skills from Module 2 to design and implement a Positive Psychology Coaching Trogram. Your engagement with the voluntary client/s will be audio recorded and filmed for your personal assessment. Client permission will be sought.

As you progress through your coaching assignment, your tutor will be hand to support you with any challenges you might face. By the end of this module, you will have learned how to assess client needs and design an effective coaching program. This practice experience prior to graduation will help you to build the confidence and competence needed to launch your own professional coaching practice.

At the end of this module, you will complete a 3-hour written exam. The exam will be open book, which means you may have access to all of your study material during the examination. You will also complete your coaching case study assignment and submit a written report, reflective log, and supporting audio-visual material.

Module 3 Units

Unit 1: Coaching Client Needs & States

Unit 2: Coaching Client Types & Challenges

Unit 3: Coaching Client Misconceptions

Unit 4: Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practice

Unit 5: Assignment Preparation (Exam & Case Study Report)

This module takes approximately 1-3 months to complete, depending on your pace. You will work with a volunteer coaching client (pro-bono) and submit your case work as a report. You will also complete a written exam. This phase of your learning is where you begin to apply your knowledge and skills in a professional context as a volunteer coach. It is designed to help you build the confidence needed to navigate a variety of client cases.

If you are on the Accelerated Route, you will complete only the assignments in Module 3.

Bonus Module 4 (Optional) – Practitioner Development

We understand that building a Positive Psychology Practice doesn’t usually happen overnight. Throughout the course delivery, we will be building up your confidence as a future practitioner, supporting your ability to lead an authentic practice, and providing you with the information you need to run a practice based on professional integrity and standards.

We also offer you one complimentary year of Professional Membership (currently valued at £150). If you are based in the UK, this will cover your insurance and liability needs as well offer a link to peer networking spaces. On top of this, we offer a bonus module where you can be mentored in your options for professional and/or academic growth in your Positive Psychology Practice.

Module 4 Units

Unit 1: Introduction to Positive Psychology Training

Unit 2: Introduction to Positive Psychology Facilitation

Unit 3: Become an Approved Tutor or Learning Centre

Unit 4: Continuing Professional Development Courses

Unit 5: Become a Research Professional or Fellow

This module takes approximately 1 month to complete, depending on your pace. There are no marked assignments, however you may discuss the module content in your tutor calls. This phase of your learning is like post-course mentoring to ensure your practice vision and goals are supported.

Please note that this course is academically rigorous and gives graduates a scientifically confident approach to this exciting discipline.

For more details, please download our 2020/2021 Course Prospectus here.


3. Certification

This certificate is accredited by the Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) and CPD Group. 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 Psychology Practice & Coaching. You may refer to yourself as a Positive Psychology Practitioner & Coach (PPGDip) and will now be eligible to apply for Professional Membership status with the Guild. You may also apply to join the Guild’s Register of Positive Psychology Practitioner Professionals.

Professional Membership

Successful candidates will be able to join the Positive Psychology Guild as a Professional Member. If you hold a Level 7 qualification in another Psychology discipline, you may apply for Fellow Member status. You will be able to use the letters PPDip after your name and use the PP Guild Professional (or Fellow) Member Approval logo on your own materials and website. You will also join our Register of Professionals. Professional and fellow members may publish their work within our peer reviewed journal.

Ongoing CPD

As a condition of membership, Professional and Fellow Members will be committed to our minimum CPD requirements to demonstrate and maintain Positive Practice Standards.


4. Course Costs

The course fee is £2,450 payable in full or through a zero interest payment plan with a deposit of £850 and monthly installments starting at £100.  This includes online access to interactive study material, 12 tutor calls, tutor email support, and certification on successful completion of the course.

Please note that the course must be paid in full prior to completion and certification. The deposit may be split into 2 monthly payments of £425 each on request. Extra tutor support is available for those with additional learning needs at no further cost.

Accelerated Routes

3 Accelerated Routes are available to qualified coaches and MAPP graduates:

  1. Qualified or experienced coaches may pay only for Module 1 (£950) and the assessment process for Modules 2 and 3 (£250 each). The assessment process includes 2 tutor calls per module and email support to help you prepare for your assignments. The total fee for this option is £1450.
  2. We also offer an Accelerated Route for MAPP graduates who meet the criteria for Module 1 exemption and wish to acquire only the coaching skills and professional practice elements of this course. The course fee to complete Modules 2 and 3 in their entirety is £1450.
  3. If you are a MAPP graduate with recognised coaching qualifications or experience, you may be eligible to complete only the assessment process for Modules 2 and 3. The course fee for this option is £500 and includes 2 tutor calls per module and email support.

Multiple Pathways

You may apply to study more than one diploma pathway. This may help you to develop a richer Positive Psychology Practice with a wider skill set that can better meet the needs of your clients. For example, you may wish to add the  Training and/or Facilitation pathways to your study plan.

Given that the 3 pathways share the same first module, you may add on the additional 2 modules for each of the other diploma pathways at a cost of £495 per module. If you wish to complete all 3 pathways, a discounted rate of £3950 applies (saving of £480).

Next Steps

You may enrol on this course at any time of the year.

If you require further information or to request a course application form, please contact: training@ppnetwork.org



About the Positive Psychology Guild

This course is accredited by the Positive Psychology Guild (PPG), a non-profit think tank, research institution, training provider, awarding body and membership organisation for Positive Psychologists and Practitioners Internationally.

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: info@ppnetwork.org