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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 Training

To 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 Learned

Actively 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 CPDT

Once 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 Prerequisites

As 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.

Steps For Certification In Teaching Parenting (TP)

Steps For Certification In Positive Discipline In the Classroom (PDC)

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

How to Become a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer

A Lead Trainer (LT) is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer who takes a strong leadership role in our organization through the following: leading and contributing to Task Forces, serving on the Board, organizing Conference and Think Tank, providing professional development for members, and serving as leaders in developing mentor groups.  Lead Trainers facilitate Advanced Candidate Training that is the culminating experience in our advanced certification program. 

Criteria for Applying to Become a Lead Trainer

  • Maintained active status in PDA for a minimum of 5 years at the Trainer level.
  • Taught at least 10 core workshops (TP and/or PDC), with required PDA evaluations submitted to PDA for each workshop.
  • Attended at least 3 Think Tanks.
  • Presented at Think Tank.
  • Mentoring experience such as: leads a mentor group, mentoring Trainer Candidates or other Trainers.
  • Had additional training in Adlerian philosophy — either through self — study, or by attending NASAP, ICASSI, or regional Adlerian training.
  • Contributed to the Leadership of the PDA (e.g., by chairing a project, actively serving on a task, or the board for at least one year).
Please send LT documentation of the above to act@positivediscipline.org for your file.




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