General Course Information

In this section we cover a number of items related to the Centre for Stress Management courses and programmes. 
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The Centre for Stress Management and affiliated Centres bespoke courses have been designed and developed specifically as continuing or initial professional development programmes (ie CPD or IPD) recognised by leading professional bodies including the British Psychological Society Learning Centre. Some courses and programmes provide eligibility for membership of professional bodies including the International Stress Management Association (UK). Our IAFPD courses and programmes are not regulated by Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and do not provide university credits.


Generally the courses are suitable for psychologists, psychotherapists, coaches, trainers, managers, personnel staff, management consultants, health and caring professionals who wish to learn more about stress management, wellbeing, problem-solving, cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behavioural therapy and health coaching. However, Learners also include those interested in a career change. It is important that potential applicants check that the course is suitable for their level of experience and qualifications.​



Learners should attend over 90% of an individual course to satisfy the attendance requirements. If this is not possible then students are advised to apply when they can meet the criteria.

Learners attending courses are expected to switch off their mobile phones (or turn on to silence) during lectures and workshops. Normal rules of confidentiality apply to all of the courses therefore recording of the workshops is not permitted. A short homework assignment may be set at the end of the first day of the course such a reading a book chapter and/or an article. Unless stated otherwise, all of the courses are not opportunities to work out personal issues which may need the support of personal coaching or therapy but a commitment to self-disclosure in relation to course learning, skills training and personal awareness will be expected. 


If we cancel a course, workshop or conference, Learners will be offered the choice of a 100% refund or a direct transfer to another event run by the Centre and Academy. No liability is accepted for any consequential loss or any other expenses directly or indirectly incurred by any cancellation.

We are aware of most of the other programmes available in stress management, therapy and coach training the UK and do not under normal circumstances accredit prior learning as the majority of these differ in their content. However, we do not recommend that experienced coaching professionals take our introductory courses without first discussing the course content with the Training Director, Peter Ruddell. Learners may wish to demonstrate their knowledge through the International Academy for Professional Development’s Certificate in Work Based Professional Development or Certificate in Professional Development or apply for a higher level programme. Experienced qualified coaches or psychologists with advanced training in coaching or coaching psychology can in the first instance send their CV to the Course Director in order to discuss their coaching qualifications and experience and course suitability.

Certificates of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are issued to Learners who complete a primary certificate or certificate course. Most taught courses have a take-home exam paper assignment which if successful leads to the issue of a certificate verifying the course has been passed. We supply referencing guidelines to aid this process. The majority of courses have a manual supplied and articles emailed pre-course or supplied during the course, free of additional charge. Some courses have a book supplied and others require students to purchase materials prior to the course (see individual courses for details).   


A primary certificate or full certificate is only awarded to participants who successfully complete a written assignment/seen exam paper undertaken after the course at the Learner's home or office within 42 days of the course or programme. An extension can be negotiated if necessary otherwise a late submission fee of £20 plus VAT is charged for late assignments. If the submission arrives later than 60 months, then the fee is £50 plus VAT due to the additional administration costs. Please note that as external course accreditations may vary overtime, there is no guarantee that they will still apply if a course assignment is submitted 18 months after a course has been attended.  

All manuals contain references and bibliography: the items contained within this are not supplied (except as above). While students may wish to follow up one or more of these, they are not essential to pass the course. 
Generally, Learners can pass the take home exam papers or assignments (which require 40% or above to pass the course) by using notes taken throughout the course, the manual (a primary reference source which also cites secondary reference sources) and any other pre-course and on-course materials supplied (* or as required as above). 
Learners are informed whether they pass or fail an assignment. (The assignment is not graded apart from a pass or fail.) If they pass, they are provided with a named certificate delivered electronically. In the event of failing the assignment, they would usually be given an opportunity to retake it following some general guidance. No further guidance is provided.

For Learners who attend the course for the purpose of Continuing Professional Development, there is no need to complete the home assignment unless a full certificated award is required.


Our courses are at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Please visit our Course levels page for additional information.


All course fees must be paid six weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Before purchasing non-refundable flights, train tickets, etc. students are strongly advised to confirm with the Centre that the course has sufficient enrolments for it to run.

If you have any queries about the course fees and structure please contact Peter Ruddell, the Training Director.


All of the CPD courses have a printed manual provided. The Certificate in Coaching and the Primary Certificate in Stress Management each have a set book provided by the Centres, the cost of which is included in the course fees. Many of the courses have pre-reading provided in electronic format and hard copies of articles provided during the course. Any materials including manuals that are provided as hard copies are not provided in electronic form.



The Centre for Stress Management and International Academy for Professional Development retain copyright of all materials and course design. Learners are given permission to photocopy client/coachee handouts/worksheets for their clients and coachees. Material is not licensed for electronic distribution.


Apart from our CPD programmes, the majority of our courses do involve assignments. Plagiarism is a form of cheating which applies to all assessments. It is important not to intentionally nor unintentionally use someone else’s intellectual work and present it as your own. See our Plagiarism page for more information.


The majority of our taught International Academy courses can also lead to TILM Approved Development Programmes. These involve course attendance and participation generally without the written assignments.