FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who should join the Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Program?
If you’re passionate about positive psychology and coaching, and you want to help people grow and enjoy better lives and careers, AND you want this to be your profession, the CPPC Program is for you. If you're a new coach, begin with Part 1: Intro Level and decide later if you also want Part 2: Master Level. Advanced coaches may qualify for advanced placement. It's also possible to take our modules individually for a custom program and earn a certificate or certification.
What’s unique about the CPPC Program?
Our graduates become successful coaches. Why? We are the only professional training program in the world that prepares coaches in beginner, intermediate, and advanced positive psychology coaching skills, plus personal development, plus business development, and is approved for up to 210 ICF hours. The Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Program is a coach training program designed by a coach for coaches that fully integrates positive psychology, neuroscience, and other evidence-based approaches with advanced coaching techniques. It is a professional training program for life, business, leadership, and executive coaches.
Certified Positive Psychology Coach® is a Registered Trademark of School of Coaching Mastery. It is a rigorous program that prepares professional coaches. No other school of certifying body has permission to award this credential. This protects our graduates from imitators and establishes a level of excellence in the practice of positive psychology coaching. Read here for Why the Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Credential is Trademarked.
Is this program ICF Approved?
YES. The Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Program is ICF approved for 210 ACSTH, so those graduates who want ICF certification can avoid the arduous process of applying for their ACC or PCC credentialing via the portfolio route and get a discount on certification from the ICF. Advanced placement students can use their hours towards CCEs. Those who only want Part 1: Intro Level earn 125 hours. Those who qualify for Part 2: Master Level get 85 additional hours. The full program (parts 1 & 2) is 210 hours, which fulfills the ICF training requirement for the MCC credential application.
Does this program have a relationship with any other organizations?
Yes. We are a Bronze-Level Sponsor of the Institute of Coaching, at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate. IOC promotes research into coaching and positive psychology and our students get a generous discount if they choose to join IOC. Our Founder, Julia Stewart, is also a Founding Fellow of the IOC.
We're also a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business with an A+ Rating.
Will I be able to practice professional coaching when I complete this program?
Yes. You’ll learn advanced coaching techniques in live classes that include ample demonstration and 52 hours of practice coaching with written feedback. At your option, you may repeat some of those live classes for an additional 40 hours of live in-class coaching practice. You won’t be a beginner coach when you graduate. You’ll also be exposed to professional coaching best practices, marketing and sales strategies, and other tools for a successful coaching business. Graduates of the Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Program, Part 1: Intro Level recently responded to a survey asking if they were practicing coaching professionally. 100% responded that they are coaching professionally. 75% said professional coaching was the only type of work they do. This is a remarkable success rate. Before you join any school, ask how many of their graduates are full-time coaches.
I’ve read books on coaching and positive psychology. Why do I need a certification?
Credentials matter in positive psychology and, according to a recent ICF survey of actual coaching clients, credentials matter to 84% of coaching clients. However, it’s what you learn in the process of getting your CPPC that makes this program most valuable. In addition to advanced coaching skills, you’ll be introduced to evidence-based coach approaches from fields like positive psychology, neuroplasticity, emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry, etc.; that are fully integrated for your use in professional coaching. This program takes up-to-date scientific research and makes it accessible and applicable for new and experienced coaches and closes any knowledge or skill gaps that you might otherwise have.
Will I have personal access to my instructors?
Absolutely. Our live interactive classes are small, usually fewer than 10 students. You’ll never get lost in a sea of hundreds of students who don’t have direct access to their instructor. We’re available throughout the week via email or via telephone by appointment. And you’re always encouraged to share your questions and personal knowledge during live classes.
How long is the CPPC Program?
The Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Program, Part 1: Intro Level includes 100 live hours of training and takes approximately one year to complete, but there is flexibility built into the curriculum, so you may be able to complete it more quickly. In case you need more time, you have up to two years from the day you register for the program to complete it. People who are new to coaching when they join the program average twelve months to completion, while those who qualify for advanced standing average nine months to completion. Part 2: Master Level takes about six months to complete, but you get up to two years. Be careful of joining any program that promises to train you in 6 months or less. It takes time to become a professional coach who is ready to succeed.
Do I have to take all the classes live?
All required classes are live and are also recorded. Most are available in both video and MP3 recordings. You’re welcome to take the program via recordings, only, but you’ll get much more out of it and, if you want to be certified, you need to attend 75% of the live classes. However, their are some optional bonus classes that don't need to be taken live. These include the Coach 100 Business Success classes, The Fully Alive with Positive Psychology personal development classes, Attract Clients Faster Program, and bonus Q&A classes.
Will the live class hours work with my schedule?
Probably. You do not need to quit your job to take this program. Allow a minimum of 4 hours per week in class and out. Classes are currently taught at a variety of times from 10am to 10pm Eastern/NY Time (convert to your Time Zone here), so if you live in Asia, for instance, you may need to take classes in the morning or evening. However, because the program is small, we listen to our student’s requests for class schedules and will do our best to accommodate you.
What's included with my tuition?
Tuition is all-inclusive and covers your required classes, all required written materials, SCM assessments, all testing, videos on the business of coaching, certification, and bonus features, such as the Coach 100 Program that will bring coaching clients to you, plus your own webpage, plus Q&A classes on topics like coaching with mindfulness or setting your fees, plus the Positive Psychology Coaching Study Group.
Are there payment plans?
Yes. Many students opt to pay tuition over time and our installment plans are customizable. There is a 10% admin fee to pay installments via School of Coaching Mastery and you must be paid in full before you receive your CPPC credential. If you live in the United States, you may also be able to take up to six months to pay interest-free via PayPal Credit. Finally, you can opt to register for modules one at a time and upgrade to the full program later.
What is your refund policy?
Tuition for the Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Program is fully refundable up to one week after you register, minus $200USD.
Where does CPPC training take place?
Our modules are taught via live distance training with audio and video recordings available if you miss a class. This means you can use your telephone or any internet-connected device to connect with us from anywhere in the world. And we can do anything in class that you can do in a live class, except shake hands or get lost in traffic, on the way. There is no need to incur long-distance telephone fees and you will forego the added time and expense of traveling to live events.
Do I have to take the entire Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Program or can I get advanced placement?
If you are new to both coaching and positive psychology, we highly recommend that you take the entire 125-hour Part 1: Intro Program. However, it’s possible for people with the following credentials to get advanced placement and virtually all our courses (we call them modules) are available on a stand-alone basis. We are currently accepting the following credentials for advanced placement in the Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Program: Previous ICF approved coach-specific training, UPenn MAPP, UEL MAPPCP, Kripalu CiPP, Wholebeing CiPP, ICF-ACC, PCC, or MCC; IAC-CPC, or MMC.
How do I earn my Certified Positive Psychology Coach® credential?
To become a Certified Positive Psychology Coach®, you must complete each live module with at least 75% attendance (you may watch the video for any class you miss), pass the online test for each module (80% is passing), submit a Final Project in which you apply what you’ve learned with your own coaching clients, and demonstrate proficient coaching skills using a positive psychology approach. In most cases, you will have two years from the time your register for the program in order to complete the requirements and if you need to or want to, you can repeat required modules within that time frame. You may be able to extend that time for an additional fee. Students who complete requirements of Part 2: Master Level, earn the Master Certified Positive Psychology Coach credential.
You can fill out this simple application form in a few minutes. The application currently is free. You will also need to have a telephone or internet conversation with an enrollment adviser before joining, so we can clarify any questions you may have. If you like, you can first email info [@] schoolofcoachingmastery [.] com or call +1-877-224-2780 (be sure to leave your name, email address and phone number and mention you're calling about the Certified Positive Psychology Coach® Program) with any questions you have before you apply.