Henley Professional Certificate in Supervision

Henley Business School

Henley Business School


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Who should attend

  • Experienced practitioners including both in-house and independent executive coaches

  • A range of practitioners who wish to supervise work to facilitate change in individuals, teams and organisations

  • Those interested in developing skills in supervision and reflective practice such as leaders, consultants, mentors and psychologists.

Admissions requirements

  • A minimum of five years' experience of coaching practice, plus a previous coaching qualification
  • If you have an Henley MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change (or equivalent), we'd look for at least one year of the total coaching practice being post MSc, or
  • If you have completed the Henley Professional Certificate in Coaching (or equivalent), we'd look for three years' of the total coaching practice being post Professional Certificate

We always look at submissions on a case by case basis. If you do not precisely meet the admissions requirements listed above but have significant coaching experience, please enquire with the team.

About the course

Developing your commitment to professional best practice in executive coaching

Coaching supervision benefits not only the coach but also their individual clients and client organisations - a coaching supervisor will monitor practice quality, develop capability and be able to contribute to wider learning in an organisational setting.

Becoming a Coaching Supervisor: The natural next step for experienced executive coaches and those utilising a coaching approach

The Henley Professional Certificate in Supervision is designed for experienced executive coaches, mentors and managers to develop core coaching supervision skills and confidence in deploying them. In addition, this part-time programme offers:

  • accreditation by the EMCC, and a university qualification delivered in conjunction with a global business school

  • a supportive peer-group and networking opportunities

  • University of Reading and Henley alumni status and benefits

  • a year’s membership of The Henley Centre for Coaching.

Multiple supervision practice and reflection sessions form an integral part of this programme, ensuring you complete the Certificate ready to immediately incorporate supervision skills into your practice.

Designed and facilitated by experienced coaching professionals

The Professional Certificate in Supervision is designed in partnership with leading members of the Bath Consultancy Group, who have led coaching supervision training in the UK for over 15 years and are recognised as the founders of professional supervision.

The teaching team also includes members of the Bath Consultancy Group, such as Peter Hawkins and Nick Smith, who have published several bestselling books on supervision, and Gil Schwenk, Eve Turner and Jonathan Passmore whose research into coaching supervision, means this programme will set the standards for the coming decade.

Join an executive coaching programme recognised by a leading coaching organisation

The Henley Professional Certificate in Supervision is accredited by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC), recognising the quality of the programme experience, and giving you the confidence and the professional qualification needed for your ongoing practice, combined with a university award.

The EMCC recognises receiving supervision as an important feature of an individual's CPD and the EMCC Code of Ethics requires that all members have regular supervision. This requires sufficient experienced coaches to be trained in effective supervision.

The Henley Centre for Coaching: Be part of a coaching community

Your programme fee includes a year’s membership of The Henley Centre for Coaching. This provides benefits such as access to new webinars and the webinar archive, networking opportunities, online discussion forums, coaching contracts, online journals and magazines, research and blogs.

Programme format and duration

Part-time, typically studied over 12 months. You will attend three two-day workshops at Henley Business School, alongside online learning through videos and exercises, extensive coaching supervision practice and 360-degree feedback.

Pre workshop study

Before Workshop 1 you will have access to your online learning portal including resources from the Academic Resource Centre, and we will invite you to undertake some online learning including reading, and reflection before you come to the first workshop.

You will then complete the following workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Coaching and supervision models, including developing understanding and application of the Seven Eyed model of supervision
  • Workshop 2: Group supervision, including developing your ability to see systemic patterns
  • Workshop 3: Increasing the impact of the coaching supervisor

Personal development and assessment

During the Henley Professional Certificate in Supervision you will:

  • Be required to undertake 50 hours of coaching supervision practice outside the workshops
  • Use a Learning Log to bring together all the different learning elements from the course and your self-reflection on your practice
  • Complete 10 hours of supervision on your practice supervision with your own personal supervisor
  • Complete a 5,000 word written assignment reflecting on your supervision practice.


Immediately incorporate your new skills into your practice, and offer supervision alongside coaching services.

You will have ongoing contact with Henley Business School through:

  • Access to resources from the online learning portal for up to 12 months

  • University of Reading and Henley alumni status.


For participants

As a coaching supervisor you will optimise your own skills and resilience as you develop coaching capability in others.

This programme will maximise your capacity to develop individuals and groups, improving their coaching practice over time. You will develop your supervision technique, range of responses and confidence in deploying them, and gain in areas such as:

  • Understanding and working with the way assumptions are blocking change

  • Increasing your flexibility regarding different ways of responding, so as to model potential change for supervisees.

Upon completion of the certificate, coaches can extend their client services to provide formal supervision with credibility.

For your organisation

Coaching supervision provides essential quality assurance within a coaching culture. In-house coaches that complete this programme will be positioned to effectively undertake supervision for their organisation’s coaching team, ensuring consistent standards are met, enhancing the quality of coaching and providing developmental support in a cost-effective manner.

In an organisation Coaching Supervisors can:

  • Develop practice capability and capacity of others

By helping practitioners reflect on their practice, a supervisor encourages self-awareness and stimulates better, more fluent practice.

  • Monitor practice quality

Regular supervision allows your organisation to spot poor practice early and intervene through the support of the supervisor. It provides a safety net and helps protect the organisation from the effects of bad practice.

  • Draw organisational learning from change activity

Reflection on or during supervision can spot patterns of activity and dynamics across your organisation that can be used to inform the development agenda and activity.

The Manifesto for Supervision

Written in collaboration with the Association for Coaching, The Manifesto for Supervision provides an overview of why coaching supervision is needed and examines its functions, summarising the main models, research and latest thinking.


Peter Hawkins

Professor Peter Hawkins is part-time Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School where he is researching next generation leadership and leadership development. He is also Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bath and Oxford Brookes. He is founder and Emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultan...

Jonathan Passmore

Jonathan is a chartered psychologist and holds five degrees, including an MBA and a doctorate in occupational psychology. His doctoral thesis focused on the coaching relationships and behaviours. His current research interests include coaching supervisor and ethics, neuroscience of coaching, coac...

Eve Turner

Eve brings a wealth of experience from business to her role as a coach and supervisor. She was a senior leader running a BBC division with 250 staff, in a fast-paced industry that was constantly in flux. Eve dealt with wide-scale change, starting new services, recruiting, retaining and developin...

Gil Schwenk

Gil Schwenk is an executive coach, supervisor and trainer of coaching and supervision. He has a substantial coach supervision practice including individuals, groups and supervision of supervisors. Previously, Gil was on the faculty of Bath Consultancy Group’s Coaching Supervision Certificate. He...

Nick Smith

Nick is an executive coach and executive coach supervisor of many years’ experience. His particular interest is in creating transformational change in both the coaching and supervision context. He holds three degrees and has a clinical training in family therapy. He was one of the first people to...

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