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Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching - FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Individuals with some formal or informal knowledge and experience of executive coaching, including independent coaches and those wishing to develop coaching skills in an organisational context.

You will typically have:

  • A good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification
  • A minimum of 5 years' management experience
  • Experience of coaching and being coached
  • Appropriate English language ability – proficiency testing may be required (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent)

We also welcome applications from candidates with substantial knowledge, experience and skills in a relevant field who do not meet these requirements.

Intakes are scheduled regularly throughout the year. For the next available dates please visit the programme page.

This part-time programme is available in two formats:

In-person

Typically lasts 9 months, including full-day workshops and virtual supported study. You can opt for weekday or weekend workshops. Delivered mostly at our Greenlands campus but also available in London and at our international campuses. Where in-person workshops are not possible due to COVID-19 restrictions, live-online delivery is facilitated.

Live-online

Typically lasts 9-10 months (in four parts). Each part includes three 2-hour live-online sessions per week, mentoring and supervision sessions, and virtual self-led learning.

For all formats, you will need to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of coaching practice outside of the workshops and online learning. Find out more about our programme formats.

In-person intakes welcome a maximum of 18 participants. You wil work in groups/pairs/trios, with a ratio of nine participants per tutor.

Live-online intakes welcome a maximum of 10 participants, helping to ensure a personal and interactive learning experience.

The programme is assessed through:

  • A 2,000 word reflective assignment
  • A 30 minute recorded coaching session
  • Evidence of at least 20 hours’ coaching practice following the programme start date

Yes - the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching is accredited by the Association for Coaching, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the International Coach Federation. All training and coaching hours can be used towards an application for individual accreditation with any of these bodies.

Find out more about routes to accreditation through the PCEC

On successful completion of the programme you will also be a Henley-accredited coach.

Offers and discounts may be available to Henley alumni, members of The Henley Partnership, and UK registered charities. For more information please visit www.henley.ac.uk/pcec or contact exec@henley.ac.uk.

You can find the application form online.

Once you have submitted your application, it will be processed by our admissions department. If your application is successful, an offer letter will be sent out to you.

You are confirmed on the programme once you have filled in the online acceptance form.

You can continue your study via the following routes:

  • MSc in Coaching for Behavioural Change – by completing the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching you will already have completed Module 1 of the MSc. This means you can progress straight to Module 2 for up to 5 years after completing the PCEC.

  • Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching – the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching and Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching can be combined to form the Henley Postgraduate Certificate in Executive and Team Coaching, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Programme.

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