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The Certificate in the Management of Occupational Stress and Wellbeing is a 20 credit online course over two semesters.The course consists of two ten credit modules:

1.    Module One which will run from January to April aims to equip workers with the requisite skills, knowledge and competencies to manage their personal levels of work-related stress. This is a self-management module considering a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours and underpinned by the science of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles.
2.    Module Two will then run from September to December aims to help workers create a less stressful working environment. This considers outside influences on stress management and the workplace.


This programme is delivered fully online and classes are asynchronous i.e. student can look at the resources at a time of their own choosing. There is a one hour ‘live support session’ (voluntary attendance) on the last Friday of each month from 10-11am.
Self-directed study/ engagement with resources and forum activities = 4-5 hours per week. 


Assessment is divided into two components:

  1. Portfolio submission (reflective based)
  2. Online Forum Activities


The fee for each module is €350 or €700 for the full award.

In response to Covid-19, there is great care and attention that all content materials are relevant to the increased incidence of remote working including mental health first aid resources to help you sustain yourself in the promotion of a healthier work-life balance. This is an accredited Stress Management Programme. Expertise on the lecturing team are from practice based mental health settings.

For further details please contact:

[email protected] 

Module1: Individual-focused Stress Management and Workplace Well-being

  1. Introduction to Stress
  2. Learning Ways of Coping with Stress
  3. Changing How You Think About Things
  4. Giving Feedback
  5. Relaxation 
  6. Resilience Building
  7. Physical Activity and Stress


Module 2: Organisation-focused Management of Occupational Stress

  1. Psychosocial Risk Assessment
  2. Organisational Policies
  3. Organisational Action Planning
  4. Interpersonal Skills
  5. Leadership and Motivation
  6. Change Management
  7. Ergonomics

The primary target audience for this programme are health and social care workers, however the programme is also open to managers and workers who may not be clinically/ social qualified professionals but rather qualified in vocational disciplines related to industrial and social skills training.

A Level 7 major award or equivalent is required for entry to ensure that participants have the necessary academic, critical and reflective skills to undertake the programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Candidates who do not currrently hold a major award at level 7 or higher may be able to advance their application using the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism. RPL allows candidates to make a case that they do meet entry requirements through a combination of formal certified learning and learning through experience (most typically work experience). RPL applications must be made by filling out (please type) the RPL Level 8 form available here.

English Language Competency

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit documentary evidence of competency in English.

Participating in this programme online is a challenge but surprisingly the support from fellow students in the 'Watercooler' area of Moodle really helps.  The lecturers Marie and Deirdre are always on hand to offer support.  The content is very user friendly and it is brilliant to have it there to return to on completion of the programme.  It is surprisingly practical despite being online.  

Tina Mulhearne: H.R. Direct Ltd.

Well-being and stress management in the workplace is a contemporary area of study and a growing area of expertise, where the student can expand on their current knowledge and influence change in the working environment in all sectors of employment.

This programme will enhance your personal, professional and academic profile in the area of occupational stress management. The programme content reflects the current Covid-19 pandemic challenges facing society and the workplace. The student is facilitated in the application of stress management theory to practice, making this a highly practice based programme.

This programme complements existing qualifications for workers wanting to engage in strategies to address stress management in their working environment, in a variety of occupational settings, whilst also addressing own personal levels of stress. It can signal opportunity for change in your organisation providing you with the requisite skills to enhance healthy and balanced stress management practices.