How To Become a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer (CPDT)The purpose of certification is to deepen one's knowledge and capacity in Positive Discipline and Adlerian theory and to strengthen individual expertise with the practice of teaching Positive Discipline experientially to different groups. This prepares you to become a "trainer of trainers" (CPDT) which qualifies you to facilitate the Positive Discipline core workshops. You can train to become certified to facilitate either Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way or Positive Discipline in the Classroom or both.
The certification process is flexible and very supportive. Everyone moves at their own pace. In fact, we encourage you to continue practicing and learning at each step until you feel that you have a solid understanding of the curriculum and facilitation process in your area of focus. Our purpose and goal as an organization is to provide a variety of resources that emphasizes collaboration and encouragement and to support you on your Positive Discipline journey.
Step One – Prerequisite TrainingTo enter the Advanced Training Candidate program and become a Positive Discipline Trainer Candidate (PDTC), you must have taken one or both of the two day core workshops:
Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (TP)
Positive Discipline in the Classroom (PDC)
Eventually, you will need to take both workshops to complete Advanced Training. It is recommended that you take at least on of the workshops live and in person, not by DVD or online. You can choose to be certified with a focus in Parent and/or Classroom Training depending on the field work completed as explained in the steps below.
Step Two – Begin To Implement What You Have LearnedActively implement what you are learning in your area of focus either with parents or in a school setting. The more you apply and experience the results of using Positive Discipline in your life and work, the more deeply you will understand and internalize it. Ultimately, this will make you a more effective Positive Discipline Trainer. It's important to document this field experience using the required documentation forms.
Step Three - Declare Your Intent to Become a CPDTOnce you have taken either the Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way or Positive Discipline in the Classroom core workshop, you can join at the Trainer Candidate Level (PDTC). By becoming a Trainer Candidate, you make a commitment to practice and develop your skills and knowledge.
Step Four – Complete Implementation PrerequisitesAs part of the certification process, it is required that you practice what you will be teaching. It is hoped that you will work to develop a strong working knowledge of both theory and practice.
Each area of certification has specific requirements designed to ensure that you fully understand the curriculum, the facilitation process, and the values and key principles of Positive Discipline and Adlerian theory. Please read the appropriate sections very carefully as you prepare to proceed further.
Step Five – Participate in 4-day Advanced Candidate Training (ACT)Advanced Candidate Training is designed to strengthen your facilitation skills, deepen your understanding of Adlerian and Positive Discipline theory and practice, and provide a wonderful opportunity for personal and professional growth. You will be expected to demonstrate your facilitator skills with the group. You will receive, and are expected to offer, extensive feedback on the core activities. You will participate in a process designed to build your capacity as a Positive Discipline Trainer on every level. Please read the following detailed information to help you prepare for this training.
Advanced Candidate Training (ACT)
Frequently Asked Questions About the Positive Discipline Certification Process