Positive Psychology Fundamentals Certificate (Level 5)

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There is now an exciting opportunity to study Positive Psychology Fundamentals 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…

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

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, and 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

The Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals will provide you with a scientific understanding of some of the main subjects in Positive Psychology today. It is a professional course with academic content and space for personal development and growth. You will learn the psychology of strengths, authenticity, resilience, positive emotions, and motivation. The psychology of wellbeing runs throughout the course.

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 and be able to contact them by email throughout your course.

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 certificate within 4-6 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 certificate a is 2 years from the date of enrollment. Should you wish to complete after this period, an updated application will need to be made.

Tutor Support

You will be assigned a tutor who will be with you throughout the entire journey. Tutoring support can be arranged by Skype or a similar platform. You will have access to up to 6 tutor calls (e.g. one call per month). Your tutor will help you to develop your Personal Study Plan upon enrollment and be there to guide and facilitate your learning and assignment process.

2. Course Outline

Our Professional UK Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals is designed for people who wish to gain a scientific understanding of Positive Psychology and/or develop an evidence base in Positive Psychology for an existing practice area. You maybe a qualified coach, trainer, facilitator, counsellor, psychotherapist or teacher, and don’t wish to complete our full Positive Psychology Practitioner training. Or you may just want to study for a shorter course in Positive Psychology for other reasons. Either way, you are welcome to start here and see where the journey takes you!

Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals

This certificate will ground you in the Psychology of Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation. You will also study the Psychology of Wellbeing and be introduced to Positive Psychology research and practice in these areas. This will create a knowledge base and ability to research information on other related topics. Your personal tutor, a Positive Psychology Practitioner, will guide you through this process.

The certificate 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, and are personally and/or professionally meaningful.

You will study:

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

3. Certification

On successful completion of your diploma, you will receive a certificate stating that you hold a Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals. 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.


If you wish to progress to one of the Level 5 Diplomas in Positive Psychology Practice (3 diploma pathways: coaching, training, facilitation), this certificate will be taken into account as Module 1. On completion of the full diploma, you will receive further certification qualifying you at a professional level.

Student Membership

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.

4. Course Costs

The certificate course cost is £950. This includes online access to interactive study material, 6 tutor calls, tutor email support, and certification on successful completion of the course. A deposit of £450 is required followed by monthly installments starting at £100. Please note the course costs must be completed prior to certification.

It is possible to study only the units of your choice from the certificate. Each unit cost is £250 and includes online access to your study material, 2 tutor calls, and certification on successful completion of the unit. You will receive an accredited certificate stating that you hold a Level 5 Award in your unit subject (e.g. Level 5 Award in Psychology of Strengths).


Next Steps

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

If you require further information or would like to enrol, please contact: training@ppnetwork.org

You may also download the course application form below:

PPG Course Application Form