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  • Live ExperienceThe MBSP Course, MBSP: Advanced Practice Course and personalized training sessions are delivered live for maximum engagement
  • Exclusive Benefits Access to official MBSP materials, retreats and discussions
  • 2 Personalized Reports Included (PDF Download) Explore all your strengths with the Total 24 Report, and your mindfulness skills in the Mindfulness Report
  • Practice with an Expert Experience group and one-on-one sessions with Dr. Ryan Niemiec, the creator of MBSP and global leader in mindfulness and character strengths
  • 9-Month Timeline Certification takes approximately 7-9 months to complete
  • 3-Year Certification Certified for 3 years with option for renewal
  • Language English offered (closed captioning available)

About MBSP Certification

MBSP Certification shows you are approved by the VIA Institute to deliver the Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice program (MBSP) to groups or individuals.

MBSP is the first evidenced-based program to bring the best of the science of character strengths and mindfulness together. Research shows MBSP boosts well-being, work productivity, purpose, engagement, meaning, stress management, problem management, and positive relationships.

Fast Track your Certification at $3,499

If you are a 2021-2023 MBSP Program graduate, sign in to your account. If prior to 2021-2023, please contact Christina Jenkins at

What Will You Gain From Becoming MBSP Certified by the VIA Institute?

This exclusive Certification program will:

  • Prepare you to deliver the MBSP program to your groups, providing guidance and resources to make you feel comfortable, confident, and competent.

  • Establish you as one of the pioneers at the bridge of science and practice with both mindfulness and character strengths.

  • Provide evidence-based, transformative activities for your clients, students, & employees.

  • Teach you how to help your clients build well-being and overcome adversities in life.

  • Distinguish you in the rapidly growing strengths community, mindfulness community, and positive psychology/well-being community.

  • Enhance your credentials as a helping professional.

  • Provide you with the most authentic, comprehensive MBSP training from the top mindfulness and character strengths leader in the world Dr. Ryan Niemiec.

Who Should Become MBSP Certified?

Anyone interested in leading Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) with groups or individuals in a variety of settings—counseling, coaching, education, healthcare or business.

  • ❝ My confidence grew in facilitating the mindfulness and strengths meditations by practicing them with and receiving feedback from some of the most knowledgeable, experienced people in the world. What a privilege! The resources provided in certification are focused and powerful and make it easy to access key research without wading through a sea of information.❝

    • JANE A.
    • mindfulness trainer and coach


Register and Submit Payment All MBSP Certification components listed below are included in registration and payment.


MBSP Program Attend and experience all sessions of the 8-week program, including the MBSP Retreat. 2021-2023 graduates of VIA's MBSP Program may be eligible to fast-track their certification. To learn more, sign in to your account. If prior to 2021-2023 please contact Customer Service at


Engage in MBSP Practice It is important to develop, deepen, and maintain a personal practice with mindfulness and character strengths. The MBSP program provides a large number of practices that you can continue with long after the eighth week.


MBSP: Advanced Practice Course Attend and experience all sessions of the 6-week course.


MBSP Community Builder Course Attend, experience, and build community in your cohort in these sessions that immediately precede Sessions 2 through 6 of the MBSP Advanced Practice Course.


MBSP Project Complete the MBSP project (discussed during MBSP: Advanced Practice Course).


Mindfulness and Character Strengths Report Review the Mindfulness and Character Strengths Report exploring your top character strengths and the five key areas of mindfulness.


Lead MBSP in Full at Least 2 Times Lead MBSP in your community, with clients, with patients, with students, or with employees. It is also acceptable to lead the full program with peers or family members to become more comfortable and confident. You might also lead MBSP with a one-on-one client, however, it is strongly recommended that you lead MBSP at least one time with a group. This criterion of leading the 8-week MBSP program, in full, on two occasions can be done at any time, but it must be completed prior to beginning the personalized one-on-one training sessions.


Personalized Training Sessions, including Total 24 Report Complete 3, one-on-one (remote) personalized training sessions with Dr. Ryan Niemiec or an approved, certified trainer in the MBSP Program. Sessions will review your strengths from your personalized Total 24 Report.


Sign and return MBSP Certification Agreement Congratulations, your certification is valid for 3 years and eligible for renewal.

Fast Track your Certification at $3,499 to Enroll in MBSP Certification April 2023. Please sign in to your account.

Fast track eligibility: 2021-2023 MBSP Program graduate. If prior to 2021-2023, please contact Christina Jenkins at

CURRENT MBSP Certification Session Dates


  • Tuesday, April 18, 12:00 - 1:30 PM Eastern

  • Tuesday, April 25, 12:00 - 1:30 PM Eastern

  • Tuesday, May 2, 12:00 - 1:30 PM Eastern

  • Tuesday, May 9, 12:00 - 1:30 PM Eastern

  • Tuesday, May 16, 12:00 - 1:30 PM Eastern

  • Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 - 1:30 PM Eastern


Note: This course occurs one-hour, immediately prior to Sessions 2-6 of the MBSP Advanced Practice Course.

  • Tuesday, April 25, 11:00 - 11:55 PM Eastern

  • Tuesday, May 2, 11:00 - 11:55 PM Eastern

  • Tuesday, May 9, 11:00 - 11:55 PM Eastern

  • Tuesday, May 16, 11:00 - 11:55 PM Eastern

  • Tuesday, May 23, 11:00 - 11:55 PM Eastern

MBSP: 2024 Certification Track

Experiencing the MBSP Program is the first requirement in certification. You can enroll now for the fall 2023 MBSP Program sessions! To receive notifications for future sessions, sign-up for our email newsletter.


  • Wednesday, September 13, 1:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern (30 minutes longer)

  • Wednesday, September 20, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

  • Wednesday, October 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

  • Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

  • Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

  • Friday, October 20, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern (Half-Day Virtual Retreat)

  • Wednesday, October 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

  • Wednesday, November 1, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

  • Wednesday, November 8, 1:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern (30 minutes longer)


  • Tuesdays, April 16, 2024 – May 21, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Eastern


Note: This course occurs one-hour, immediately prior to Sessions 2-6 of the MBSP Advanced Practice Course.

  • Tuesdays, April 23, 2024 – May 21, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Eastern

Exclusive Benefits of MBSP Certification

  • Official MBSP session-by-session, PowerPoint slides for online or in-person delivery of MBSP.

  • Access to recorded MBSP sessions to maintain awareness and develop skill.

  • MBSP Leader Resource Manual, filled with user-friendly materials to support MBSP leaders.

  • Complimentary access to MBSP Roundtables. These discussions available only to those certified, and focused on trending topics, discussion of group processes, case example and Q & A on MBSP, mindfulness, character strengths and positive psychology.

  • Complimentary access to MBSP Retreats for 12 months after certification is complete.

  • Certificate denoting your MBSP Certification.

  • Special pricing on the Mindfulness and Character Strengths Report, helpful for those integrating this into their MBSP groups.

  • Connection with a growing network of MBSP leaders.

  • Use of VIA’s MBSP certification badge for your website, marketing materials, and signature line.

  • On-on-one training with MBSP Founder.

  • Complimentary VIA Total 24 Report and Mindfulness and Character Strengths Report.

Course Faculty

Dr. Ryan Niemiec

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D. is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He is creator of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), an evidence-based program that integrates the science and practice of mindfulness and character strengths. It is the first, and one of the only mindfulness programs in the world to offer an alternative to the deficit-based approach, by targeting what’s best in people rather than targeting problems.

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the steps to becoming certified in MBSP?

MBSP certification involves completion of 2 live, online courses with the VIA Institute- MBSP (open to the public) and MBSP: Advanced Practice Course (only available for Certification registrants), as well as completion of an MBSP project, leading your own MBSP groups and 3 one-on-one training sessions with a certified MBSP leader. After you have completed all of the requirements, you will sign an MBSP Policy Agreement Form and receive your official MBSP Certification.

How long does it take to get certified?

MBSP Certification typically takes 7-9 months to complete. It could take longer depending on your availability to attend the required live, online courses, MBSP and MBSP: Advanced Practice Course, which are scheduled by VIA several times throughout the year.

Can I add a MBSP Certification logo/designation to my website and email signature?

Yes. Upon completion of the certification program you may use the certification logo/designation such as MBSP-Certified; Certified in MBSP; certified as an MBSP leader/facilitated; certified by the VIA Institute (in MBSP); reached the achievement of MBSP Certification; etc.

Are payment plans available for the MBSP Certification?

Yes, payment plans may be available upon request however, full payment must be made before the MBSP: Advanced Practice Course April 2023 course. Please contact us at for more information.

If I have taken MBSP and/or MBSP-2 in the past, will I receive a discount on MBSP Certification?

If you have recently completed MBSP and/or MBSP-2 Learning to Lead with the VIA Institute, you may be eligible for custom pricing on certification. Please sign in to your account to learn more.

What is the refund policy for MBSP Certification?

If you change your mind prior to engaging in MBSP or any of the certification activities AND within 180 days of payment, you will receive a full refund to your original form of payment. If you decide during or immediately after completing MBSP and you have not engaged in other parts of the certification, then as a courtesy, you may be refunded the full certification price less the retail price of the MBSP course. Refund may be provided by check. At any point after that, and/or after the one-on-one training sessions begin, there will be no refund for the MBSP Certification payment. If you are unable to meet all the criteria in the 3 years times, we do not provide a refund.