Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching

Henley Business School

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  • from 8 months
  • in person, online

Henley Business School


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Who should attend

It is designed for those with some formal or informal knowledge and experience of executive coaching, including:

  • Freelance/independent coaches and facilitators, or anyone exploring this career option
  • Those wishing to develop the impact of their coaching skills within an organisational context
  • Those developing a coaching culture within their organisation

About the course

The Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching is a triple-accredited, part-time course that empowers you to develop and practice key coaching skills.

  • Develop crucial coaching skills to maximise your impact
  • Understand key coaching tools, techniques and approaches
  • Become a resilient, confident coach who can function in diverse scenarios
  • Gain coaching practice and a professional, triple-accredited qualification in order to further your career
  • Choose from a variety of study formats to suit your personal and work commitments

Programme Overview

The Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching from Henley Business School is a part-time course that is normally taken over nine months. It is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), Association for Coaching (AC) and the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC).

The programme attracts a diverse range of participants, from those wishing to start a new career in coaching to senior leaders aiming to embed a coaching culture within their organisations.

You can choose between in-person or live-online delivery. For the in-person version, you will join us at our Greenlands campus three times for residential workshops. The rest of the course content is then delivered online through videos, exercises, coaching supervision practice and 360-feedback.

You will also need to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of coaching practice outside of the workshops and online learning.

Key Benefits

For Indivisduals

Understand your role as a coach and gain awareness of your coaching style

Become a resilient coach who functions effectively in a diverse range of business scenarios

Use different coaching approaches and tools

Gain a professional coaching qualification from an internationally-respected business school

For Businesses

Develop confident managers who are equipped with coaching skills for a wide range of business situations

Support your staff in obtaining a professional, triple-accredited coaching qualification

Embed coaching into your organisation’s culture to increase employee engagement

Programme structure

The Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching is a flexible programme offered in a variety of study formats:

  • In-person workshops (either on weekdays or weekends, delivered mostly at Greenlands but also in London and at Henley’s international campuses)
  • Accelerated in-person workshops
  • NEW: Live-online workshops

For all formats you will need to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of coaching practice outside of the workshops and online learning.

In-person workshops

Study is part-time over 9 months, with 7 days of in-person workshops over the first 3 months followed by 6 months of virtual supported study including mentoring and supervision sessions. The majority of the in-person workshops are held at our Greenlands campus.

Live-online workshops

Study is part-time over approximately 10 months. It is delivered in stages with the live-online workshops delivered in 2 hour sessions, typically 3 sessions per week (over one day and one evening). Through the digital platform you will have live-learning and tutor and group interaction. The mentoring and supervision sessions are delivered after each workshop stage, not at the end of the programme. Further content is delivered online via a combination of videos and exercises.

Programme content

The Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching runs over a total of nine months part-time, as broken down below:

PCEC: Pre-Programme

Before your course starts, you will complete:

  • Background reading
  • Self-reflection exercises
  • A course questionnaire
  • These activities should take you around 3-5 hours to complete.

PCEC Workshop 1: Self-awareness as a coach (2 days)

This workshop explores your personal skills and attributes, and your beliefs and values around coaching. A basic framework for coaching is introduced.

You will examine:

  • What coaching is
  • Your role as a coach
  • Your personal coaching style
  • The GROW model

PCEC: Pre-Workshop Study

Before Workshop 2 starts, you will complete:

  • Relevant reading and reflection activities
  • Coaching practice
  • A formative assignment
  • You will undertake a similar programme of preparation before Workshop 3.

PCEC Workshop 2: Tools and techniques (3 days)

This workshop enables you to try out different tools and techniques and understand the underpinning psychological concepts.

You will study:

  • Psychological models
  • Coaching approaches
  • Coaching tools and techniques
  • You will then be in a position to undertake reflective practice.

PCEC Workshop 3: Integration (2 days)

This workshop continues the development of coaching competencies, provides opportunities for observed sessions with feedback, and the opportunity to integrate the materials into a coherent approach.

You will examine:

  • The solution-focused model
  • Coaching ethics
  • Coaching supervision

PCEC: Post-Workshop Virtual Supported Study (6 months)

After Workshop 3, you will follow a programme of virtual study that includes:

  • Coach mentoring (group and 1:1 activities)
  • Coaching supervision
  • Coaching practice (minimum of 20 hours)
  • Access to the Henley Centre for Coaching: videos, webinars and further reading

PCEC: Assessment

Following completion of Workshop 3, you will undertake 20 hours’ coaching practice and obtain feedback from all clients. At the end of the course, you will submit a 2,000-word assessment reflecting on your development as a coach and a 30-minute recording of a coaching session. These will form the basis of the award of your Certificate.

PCEC: Post-Programme

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
  • Option to continue membership of The Henley Centre for Coaching (fee payable)

Further study

The Certificate forms part of the MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change. Exemptions may be available if you wish to continue your study. Alternatively, you could develop your career with the Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching.


The Certificate is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), Association for Coaching (AC) and the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC). This recognises the quality of the learning experience and provides the option for individual accreditation with any or all of these bodies following successful completion of the programme.


Alison Hardingham

Alison is the lead tutor for the accredited Henley Professional Certificate in Coaching programme and the Henley MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change. She is a well known and widely published psychologist, specialising in individual development, leadership and change at a personal and organis...

Tracy Barr

Tracy is Lead Tutor on the Professional Certificate in Coaching. She is a practising Chartered Occupational Psychologist with twenty years consultancy experience, specialising in leadership development, executive coaching, team coaching, coaching skills development and coaching supervision. She i...

Ann James

I have been coaching since 2001, and subsequently extended my experience to coach supervision and training. I have worked with 500+ individuals and supervised 60+ coaches. I have worked with clients on top-level leadership and professional qualification programmes, mainly through Henley Busines...

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...

Tatiana Rowson

Dr Tatiana Rowson is a Business Psychologist with international academic and consulting experience. Originally trained as a counselling psychologist, Tatiana worked for over 12 years in industry. Her area of practice includes executive and career coaching, executive assessment and learning and de...

David Love

Dr. Love is an Adjunct Professor at Queen's University where he taught in both the Department of Mining Engineering and the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, and Ph.D. from Queen's University, where he e...

Dirk Anthony

Dirk is a Henley-accredited executive coach, who graduated with distinction from Henley’s MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change. Dirk’s background is in senior leadership roles in successful media organisations, and managing teams in consumer-facing and commercial roles. He has been responsible ...

Elizabeth Crosse

Elizabeth is one of the 1% of coaches globally to attain the International Coach Federation (ICF) Master Certified Coach credential with over 30 years of expertise in coaching and training. She was a pioneer in introducing an internal coaching offer to the Civil Service and now partners with org...

Karen Foy

Karen is a coach with fifteen years' experience and holds an MSc in Coaching Psychology through University of East London and a degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield. Karen is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with ICF and a she is certified coach mentor. As a UK ICF Board Dire...

Aboodi Shabi

Aboodi has been working in executive coaching and coach training since the mid 1990s and has several years of international coaching, training and leadership development experience. He has delivered coach-training programmes and worked with executives and teams all over the world, in sectors rang...

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