Positive Psychology Practitioner & Trainer Diploma (Level 5)

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Positive Psychology is one of the fastest growing and most exciting disciplines within Psychology today.

Its approaches have now been widely adopted by the NHS and favoured as an approach by the CQC and the Care Act (see here). The applications go beyond mental illness towards mental flourishing within business, life, education, health, and relationships.

Positive Psychology transcends 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.

New research continues to evolve in the inter-disciplinary fields of Positive Education, Positive Health, Positive Neuroscience, and Positive Sport. As an applied science, it has much value to offer to individuals, as well as to families, communities, schools, workplaces, and even national governance.

Train individuals, groups and businesses in Positive Psychology approaches to strengths, wellbeing, resilience, and performance…

As a graduate from our Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology Training Practice,  you will be qualified and insured to deliver Positive Psychology as a training intervention. You will become a Professional Member of the Positive Psychology Guild and able to apply to 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 runs one of the Positive Psychology Courses at Masters degree level in the UK. Our founder completed the MAPP Programme and is now a strong advocate for Bucks Uni!

This 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. 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.

The Positive Psychology Guild’s core diplomas in Positive Psychology Practice introduce the fundamental skills of coaching, training and facilitation. This diploma page is about the second pathway of training.


Course Format

Most of our students are adult learners with busy lives.

They are looking for flexible, online, professional courses that will enrich their love of learning and prepare them for practicing in an area of Positive Psychology. Many are also looking to understand the scientific and philosophical aspects of Positive Psychology, and challenge themselves to think critically here.

Our course content is delivered online in a user-friendly format and a tutor is assigned at the start of each course. You will access your course material through our online learning platform, the Positive Psychology Academy, where you may create a personal profile and connect virtually with other students on your course and other courses. Your tutor support will be via email and on request, video calls.

This qualification is delivered in 3 modules:

Module 1 introduces you to the science and philosophy of Positive Psychology. At the start of your course, you will attend an 8-week group learning cycle. During this time, you will attend 8 weekly Zoom calls that will introduce to you to different aspects of your course. These calls take place on Wednesdays. After completing your group learning cycle, you will study the course content and complete the module assignments at your own pace.

Modules 2 and 3 introduce you to the practice of Positive Psychology in your chosen pathway. On entry to Module 2, you will join a 12-week group training cycle after which you will complete your module assignments. During this training cycle, you will attend 6 bi-weekly Zoom calls that will support your practitioner development. On the training pathway, these calls take place on Mondays.

You will also attend open webinar lectures on topics such as hope, resilience, authenticity, courage, and confidence. These take place monthly on Thursdays and are open to all of our students.

For further details on the course content, please read on!


Entry Criteria

Please note that this is a level 5-ranked qualification.

This is equivalent to a foundation degree in the UK and means you will be expected to produce written academic and professional assignments at an undergraduate level.

You must hold a level 4 qualification or above (or the equivalent, e.g. A-levels plus relevant work experience) and be willing to engage in level 5 studies that are delivered through a blend of online group learning (live) and self-paced studies. Tutor, trainer, and supervisor support is provided.

You will also have a background or strong interest in helping people to acquire and develop knowledge, and be interested in learning how Positive Psychology may be applied in a training environment.

The academic content of this course is balanced with professional training and a rewarding personal development journey. The course may be challenging at times but we aim to make this a growth-based challenge that is worthwhile!

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

Depending on the pace of studies you set yourself, you may complete your diploma within 12-24 months.

If you need to pause your studies for personal or professional reasons, this is possible to do so. For example, you may be going through a busy period at work or your family may need to come first for a while. Should this happen, your revised timeline for studies may be discussed with your tutor.

The maximum period for completing your diploma is 2 years from the date of enrolment. Should you wish to continue after this period, a formal request will need to be submitted and an extension fee will apply.


Accelerated Routes

Are you a Level 5+ qualified and experienced trainer or teacher who wishes to integrate Positive Psychology into your training practice or teaching? Or a MAPP graduate looking to acquire training skills?

If your qualifications and experience meet or exceed Level 5 standards, you may apply for one of our accelerated diploma routes. For more details, please read on!


2. Course Outline

This qualification is comprised of 3 modules. The first module focuses on building your academic skills and knowledge base in the science and philosophy of Positive Psychology. The second and third modules focus on building your professional skills and competencies in the practice of Positive Psychology.


Module 1 – Positive Psychology Fundamentals

This module will ground you in the Psychology of Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation.

You will be introduced to research, theory, and practice in each of these areas. You will learn broader concepts in Psychology and Philosophy that are relevant to understanding the growth and development of Positive Psychology as a subject in itself and an inter-disciplinary field. You will also be encouraged to reflect on relevant links to culture and society, and how the field of Positive Psychology is evolving.

This learning will form the knowledge base and self-awareness required for your future training if you wish to continue with Positive Psychology Practitioner training at a later date. It will also introduce you to basic research skills which will be activated during the construction of your assignments.

This diploma challenges many of our students in a positive way.

We will challenge you to go beyond a surface-level understanding of Positive Psychology to reach a point where you can critically read and discuss the research and theory behind Positive Psychology. You will complete academic and personal development assignments, and will be encouraged by your tutor to select unit assignment topics that motivate and inspire you.

To become qualified to practice, you must successfully complete Module 1, Module 2 (Positive Psychology Coaching Skills), and Module 3 (Positive Psychology Coaching 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 Diploma 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 9-12 months to complete, depending on your pace.

You will attend an online 8-week Group Learning Cycle with 8 x weekly calls (1.5 hours each). During this time, you will be introduced to key teaching points on each of the 5 unit areas. You will also learn how to read and discuss scientific research articles related to this unit areas with our tutors and other students on the course. After this, you will engage in self-paced guided learning and study each of the 5 unit areas in more depth.

You will complete 5 assignments, including a literature review, reflective log, critical review, self-intervention, and oral presentation (recorded by video, audio, or PowerPoint with audio). The combination of these assignments will develop your knowledge base in Positive Psychology, cultivate your research and critical thinking skills, and support your personal development. At the end of the course, you will share your learning journey through an academic poster presentation with the assessment panel (via Zoom).

This part of your diploma should be completed within 12 months. 


Accelerated Routes Guidance

  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for Level 5+ Trainers and Teachers, you will complete Module 1.
  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for MAPP & PPGDip graduates, you will be exempt from Module 1.


Module 2 – Positive Psychology Training Skills

This pathway is designed for students who wish to practice as a Positive Psychology Training Practitioner in professional and personal development contexts.

In Module 2, you will study and practice the skills needed for professional practice. You will draw and build on the knowledge base you have acquired in Module 1 with your tutor’s support. If you are on the MAPP graduate accelerated route, you will draw on the knowledge you have acquired during your degree.

At this stage of your learning, you will focus on training skills acquisition and development. You will practice your skills with peers in the academy and our training team. You may also practice with family and friends who are willing to support your growth as a future Positive Psychology Training Practitioner.

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 train individuals and groups on Strengths, Authenticity, Resilience, Positive Emotions, and Motivation. You will also learn how to create training events and experiences that support personal and professional growth with care for their wellbeing and potential to flourish.

On successful completion of Module 2, you may progress to Module 3 (Positive Psychology Training 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 Training Skills.


Module 2 Units

Unit 1: Introduction to Positive Psychology Training Practice

Unit 2: Training Practice Methods & Techniques

Unit 3: Positive Psychology Training Toolkit

Unit 4: Designing Training Interventions

Unit 5: Project Preparation (Training Intervention Proposal)


This module takes around 4-6 months to complete, depending on your pace.

You will begin by attending an online 12-week Group Training Cycle (6 x bi-weekly sessions, 2 hours each). These cycles are held 3 times a year and we recommend checking dates during your course enquiry and enrolment. These sessions will introduce you to each of the above unit areas and related assignments. In between the sessions, you will explore and practice your training skills with peers, family, and friends. You will also start preparing some (or all) of your assignments.

During this module, you will complete 5 assignments including a critical report, reflective practice log, training assessment, training education tools, and a training intervention project for delivery in Module 3. These assignments are designed to support your professional development as a future practitioner. They will contain academic referencing but are oriented towards professional practice.


Accelerated Routes Guidance

  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for Level 5+ Trainers and Teachers, you will be exempt from Module 2. If you discover you need additional learning support you may request this at an hourly rate.
  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for MAPP & PPGDip graduates, you will complete all of Module 2.


Module 3 – Positive Psychology Training Practice

Module 3 is designed to prepare you in building a Professional Positive Psychology Training Practice.

You will be introduced to learning styles, group psychology, learning and assessments, and the PPG’s Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practitioners. You will learn about participant equality, diversity, and differentiation, and how to evaluate and follow up on a training event.

In Module 3, you learn how to operate professionally as a Positive Psychology Training Practitioner. You will spend 12 practice hours training voluntary clients in an unpaid capacity with their prior consent. These 12 hours will be split into two blocks of 6 hours each. You will spend 6 hours training one individual and 6 hours training a group. This training may be in person or online and will draw on your Positive Psychology knowledge.

One group training session will be observed by an assessor. This may be live if it is online or via a video recording. Training participants’ permission in writing will be sought before you record their session.

You will schedule your individual and group training sessions over a 6-week period. During this time, you will attend 3 individual supervision calls. You will also attend a monthly group supervision session.

At the end of this period, you will write one professional report covering each of your coaching case studies. You will critically evaluate your practice, its ethical dimensions, and reflect on lessons learned.

By the end of this module, you will have learned how to assess and progress client needs and design an effective training intervention. This practice experience prior to graduation will help you to build the confidence and competence needed to launch your own professional training practice.

On successful completion of this module, you will be qualified as a Positive Psychology Training Practitioner. You will receive one complimentary year of Professional Membership with the Positive Psychology Guild and may apply to become a registered Positive Psychology Practitioner.

If you intend to practice in the UK, your membership will include one year of insurance and liability coverage. If you intend to practice outside of the UK, we recommend checking any local insurance possibilities in your area before embarking on this course. Being insured to practice is an essential part of being a qualified Positive Psychology Coaching Practitioner for the protection and wellbeing of both yourself and your future clients.


Module 3 Units

Unit 1: Training Case Study Analysis

Unit 2: Training Mental Health Referrals

Unit 3: Training Practice Business Planning

Unit 4: Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practitioners

Unit 5: Project Delivery, Evaluation, Reporting & Presentation (Training Practice Portfolio)


This module takes approximately 2-3 months to complete, depending on your pace.

You will work with volunteer training participants in an unpaid capacity and submit your case work as a professional report. This phase of your learning is where you begin to apply your knowledge and skills in a semi-professional context. It is designed to help you build the confidence needed to navigate a variety of training scenarios.

At the end of your studies, you may request to write a Professional Practice Paper for the PPN Journal, Perspectives in Practice. You will also be invited to participate in the entry assessment required to join the PPG Register of Practitioners and become a registered practitioner on graduation.


Accelerated Routes Guidance

  • There are no exemptions from this module.
  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for Level 5+ Teachers and Trainers, you will complete all of Module 3.
  • If you are on the Accelerated Route for MAPP & PPGDip graduates, you will complete all of Module 3.


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 Psychology Training Practice. You may refer to yourself as a Positive Psychology Training Practitioner (PPGDip) and will now be eligible to apply for Professional Membership status with the Guild. You may also apply to join the PPG Register of Practitioners.

Please note that this course is academically rigorous and gives graduates a scientifically understanding of this exciting discipline. It is also a professional course with practical applications for the real world. It will prepare you for both practice and further academic work.


Professional Membership

Graduates will be able to join the Positive Psychology Guild as a Professional Member. If you hold a MAPP or Level 7 qualification in another Psychology discipline or Philosophy, you may apply for Fellow Member status.

You may use the PPG Professional (or Fellow) Member Approval logo on your own materials and website. You will also be invited to join the PPG Register of Practitioners.

Professional and fellow members may apply to publish their research within the PPN  Journal, Perspectives in Practice, and practitioner insights on the PPN blog, Reflections on Practice.

Members may also apply to contribute to ongoing research projects, or initiate new projects, run by the Positive Psychology Centre.


4. Course Fees

The diploma qualification fee is £2450. This includes:

  • Access to the Positive Psychology Academy
  • Access to self-paced interactive study material
  • 8 x group video teaching calls (Module 1)
  • Tutor email support for assignment feedback (Module 1)
  • 6 x group training calls (Module 2)
  • Trainer email support for assignment feedback (Module 2)
  • 1:1 supervision during practitioner project (Module 3)
  • Supervisor email support for project delivery (Module 3)
  • 1:1 video calls for additional learning support
  • Access to upcoming open webinar lectures (also recorded)
  • Access to past open webinar lecture recordings
  • Assessments for all unit assignments

You will also receive certification on successful completion of the course within 2 years* and 1 year of complimentary PPG Professional Membership on graduation.

The fee may be paid in full during enrolment with a £100 discount (£2350) or through a Personal Payment Plan with a deposit of £850 and subsequent monthly installments (Option 1: 16 x £100; Option 2: 8 x £200).

The course will provide you with written and oral teaching points, and links to open access journal articles and other online resources that are freely available. You will also be taught how to find these resources yourself.

We recognise that some students may wish to purchase textbooks on Positive Psychology to supplement their learning resources. If you wish to budget in advance for this, we recommend setting aside a further £50-£100.

*Please note the course fee must be fully paid prior to certification. Should you need to extend your study period beyond 2 years, course extension fees may apply. 


Accelerated Route 1 (Level 5+ Trainers & Teachers)

Qualified and experienced Level 5+ Trainers and Teachers may apply for an accelerated version of this course and complete Modules 1 and 3. You will not be required to complete Module 2.

The fee for this option is £1,950 (March 2021+ fees).

You may pay the full course fee during enrolment and receive a £100 discount (£1,850) or select a Personal Payment Plan with a deposit during enrolment of £950 and subsequent monthly installments (Option 1: 10 x £100; Option 2: 5 x £200).

Entry Criteria

  • Level 5+ Training or Teaching qualification from a recognised learning provider. This must include an understanding of learning styles, training or teaching methods and techniques, curriculum development and assessments, and equality, diversity, and differentiation in training or teaching scenarios.
  • If your qualification covers most but not all of these areas, your professional experience will be taken into account. You will also need to highlight in your application the professional skills, experience, and commitment required to integrate a new approach based on Psychology into your training practice.


Accelerated Route 2 (MAPP & PPGDip Graduates)

We also offer an Accelerated Route for MAPP and PPGDip graduates who meet the criteria for Module 1 exemption and wish to complete only Modules 2 and 3 with full tutor support.

The fee for this option is £1,450.

You may pay the full course fee during enrolment and receive a £100 discount (£1,350) or select a Personal Payment Plan with a deposit during enrolment of £450 and subsequent monthly installments (Option 1: 10 x £100; Option 2: 5 x £200).

This fee covers access to your online learning material, 5 x full tutor support calls during Module 2, and 3 x tutor supervision calls during Module 3. It does not include access to Module 1 course content as it is presumed that your MAPP degree has grounded you in the Science and Philosophy of Positive Psychology. If you wish, you may purchase access to this content for an additional fee of £250.

Entry Criteria


Multiple Pathways

You may apply to study all 3 diploma pathways (coaching, training, facilitation). This may help you to develop a broader Positive Psychology Practice with a wider skill to meet more complex client needs.

If you wish to complete all 3 pathways, a discounted rate of £3,950 applies (saving of £1,400*).

You may pay the full course fee during enrolment and receive a further £100 discount (£3,850) or through a Personal Payment Plan with a deposit of £1,550 and subsequent monthly installments (Option 1: 24 x £100; Option 2: 12 x £200).

*The Multiple Pathways option includes 1 full diploma (£2,450) and 2 diplomas – Accelerated Route 2 (£1,450 each). This totals £5,350. The discounted rate is £3,950 (saving of £1,400). 


Common Questions

How many hours of studying a week should I expect?

We estimate 5-7 hours a week with additional hours during assignment phases. Having said that, there are many ways to study. Some of our students prefer little and often (e.g. 1 hour a day) while others prefer to block out time on weekends or set several study intensives (e.g. 1 week during time off work).

Will this course prepare me for a MAPP degree?

This course is set at Level 5. A MAPP degree 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, and write literature reviews, critical reviews, and reflective logs. You will be challenged to think critically with depth and breadth. These academic skills are useful on a MAPP degree. You will also learn about links between Positive Psychology, other schools of thought in Psychology, and Philosophy.

During your studies, you will be exposed to academic research methods, however you will not engage in an independent research project, which is typically part of a MAPP degree. Instead, after studying Positive Psychology Fundamentals (Module 1), you will transition to the Positive Psychology Training Practitioner Pathway (Modules 2 and 3). Here, you will conduct and evaluate a professional case study research project (Module 3) and complete other report-based assignments linked to the development of your practitioner skills (Module 2).

If you wish to study research methods with PPG and engage in an independent research project, you may apply for the Level 7 Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology after graduation. This certificate is launching in May 2022.

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.


Next Steps

You may enrol in this course at various points throughout the year including:

  • Thursday 27th January 2022
  • Thursday 26th May 2022
  • Thursday 29th September 2022

The course begins the following Tuesday (induction) and Wednesday (group learning cycle).

You will receive access to your course learning material on the enrolment date.

Application deadlines are 2 weeks prior to the enrolment date.

  • Course fee (or deposit) payments must be completed 1 week prior to enrolment.
  • Spaces are limited so we recommend applying early to secure your place.
  • Enrolment dates may be subject to change.

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

You may also download an application form here: PPG Positive Psychology Application Form


About the Positive Psychology Guild

The Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) is a non-profit think tank, research institution, training provider, awarding body and membership organisation for Positive Psychologists and Practitioners Internationally. The Positive Psychology Network (PPN) is the social wing of PPG.

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 & 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

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