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Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Executive Coaching Online

Sep 9—Oct 27
GBP 455 ≈USD 578

How it works


Taking place within organisations, executive coaching has grown rapidly in recent years and, in countries such as the UK, has established itself as a part of mainstream organisations' learning and development. This online course is open to all learners from around the world who wish to develop their knowledge of and skills in executive coaching.

Aims of the course:

The Executive Coaching online course has been designed to increase your knowledge of executive coaching and its role in organisational development. Develop your understanding of how and when to use executive coaching appropriately and your skills in designing, planning and carrying out a structured executive coaching programme. This course also offers a fantastic opportunity to work with a group of like-minded colleagues from different locations around the world and build your professional networks within the field.

Course content overview:

Content for the Executive Coaching online course is expected to include the following:

  • The four elements of executive coaching
  • Executive coaching and leadership development
  • The role of the executive coach
  • Legal and ethical responsibilities
  • Developing awareness and responsibility
  • Coaching and consulting
  • Peer coaching online
  • Executive coaching competencies
  • Discussion forums

Each week of an online course is roughly equivalent to 2-3 hours of classroom time. On top of this, participants should expect to spend roughly 2-3 hours reading material, etc., although this will vary from person to person.

While they have a specific start and end date and will follow a weekly schedule (for example, week 1 will cover topic A, week 2 will cover topic B), our tutor-led online courses are designed to be flexible and as such would normally not require participants to be online for a specific day of the week or time of the day (although some tutors may try to schedule times where participants can be online together for web seminars, which will be recorded so that those who are unable to be online at certain times are able to access material).

Unless otherwise stated, all course material will be posted on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) so that they can be accessed at any time throughout the duration of the course and interaction with your tutor and fellow participants will take place through a variety of different ways which will allow for both synchronous and asynchronous learning (discussion boards,etc).

A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who contribute constructively to weekly discussions and exercises/assignments for the duration of the course.

Who should attend

There are no entry requirements for this course and no prior coaching experience is necessary. We welcome applications from anyone with an interest in executive coaching. The course is designed to be open access for an international audience and to be studied anytime, anywhere; there are no required specific lecture or seminar times pre-scheduled making study time at your leisure.


Keith Nelson has worked professionally as an executive coach since 2001. He trained as a coach during the 1990s, becoming Director of Coaching and Development at Emap, in the media sector. He set up his own coaching business in 2001 and quickly established a range of coach training programmes for...
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