Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching Programme

Key facts

Programme fee:

£6,750 Price excludes accommodation. VAT exempt.

Programme duration:

9 months part-time

Programme format:

Delivered through a combination of workshops, self-directed study, team coaching practice, individual and group mentoring and supervision.

ICF Accredited (ACTP) Part-two of the Post Graduate Certificate in Executive and Team Coaching. See detail below*

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Programme Overview

The Henley Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching extends further than one-to-one coaching to address system-wide organisational change and development. Accredited by the ICF and offering a pathway to Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentials (ICF conditions apply).

With an increased focus on organisational performance the programme enables participants to better understand the complexities of systems within organisations, inter-group relationships and working with stakeholders at all levels including boards. As a coaching professional you will be better equipped to deliver individual, team and organisational change and support the high demand for better performing teams.

The Experts

In this programme you will be inspired by and learn from leading thinkers in the field: Prof Peter Hawkins and Prof David Clutterbuck who have both written about teams and systems. Prof Andrew Kakabadse, an internationally recognised expert in boards and board governance. Paul J Barbour and Lucy Widdowson, authors and team coaches and Prof Jonathan Passmore, award winning Executive Coach, author and technical advisor on team coaching.

Who is it for?

Experienced coaches, team leaders and consultants.

We highly recommend this for coaches who have completed the Henley Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching. By completing both certificates* candidates earn a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive and Team Coaching.

The programme is designed for experienced executive coaches, who are either already coaching, or aspire to coach, teams.

Essential Criteria

An experienced internal or external coach with over 100 hours of coaching experience with multiple coachees. If not accredited by one of the main coaching bodies, evidence of your coaching experience will be requested*.

A minimum of five years’ experience of regularly facilitating teams and groups and/or team leadership that has utilised facilitation techniques.

Evidence of prior coach specific training or qualification

Proficient in written and spoken English


Accreditation by one of the coaching bodies (ICF, AC, or EMCC**).

An under-graduate degree (2.2 or above) or similar professional qualification.

Evidence of coaching experience can be demonstrated through:

Evidence of a coaching log

Confirmation of coaching hours from an employer if an internal coach

Confirmation of coaching hours if completed through a consultancy

Confirmation from a training provider of the number of practice hours completed for the qualification

**EMCC accreditation must be at Practitioner level or above.

What is team coaching?

Team coaching helps teams work together - with each other and within their wider environment - to create lasting change. Team coaching develops safe and trusting relationships, better ways of working, and new thinking. You will learn to support teams and enable them to maximise their collective potential, purpose and performance goals.

What is systemic coaching?

A system is a whole made up of interdependent, interacting parts. Changes in one part creates change across the system. Leaders operate within organisational systems, and thus understanding the system they operate within (a team, department or sector) is a key requirement for successful coaching.

The systemic coach works both with leaders as individuals but also the leaders as one element within the wider system. You will be able to help organisations better understand the forces at work within their systemic structure to best deliver organisational change. Utilising team coaching enables coaches to deliver a ripple effect from their coaching interventions.

What is board coaching?

In addition to working with individuals, coaches are being asked to work across the senior leadership team (the board); coaching both the individuals in the team and the team collectively, to develop their relationships and collaborative working styles. You support the team to strengthen and deepen trust and effectiveness as a group sharing a common purpose.

Programme structure

A part-time, 9-month programme delivered through a combination of workshops, self-directed study, team coaching practice, and individual and group mentoring and supervision.

Delivered through 8 days of classroom learning, as well as additional mentor coaching and supervision sessions to support your reflective practice and preparation for your final assignment, plus asynchronous online content.

The following is indicative of the course content:


  • Source potential team(s) for team coaching practice
  • Read suggested team coaching books and articles
  • Watch selected online resources
  • Complete psychometric questionnaire

Workshop 1: Introduction to team coaching

Topics include:

  • The business case for, and foundations underpinning, team coaching
  • Developing psychological safety
  • Neuroscience in relation to teams
  • ICF coaching competencies and latest thinking
  • Coaching with boards
  • Coaching diverse teams, including senior leadership, cross-functional, dispersed, temporary and virtual teams

Workshop 2: Team coaching tools and techniques

Topics include:

  • Team coaching models and frameworks
  • Contracting before and during team coaching
  • Developing team awareness, including psychometric assessment and 360 diagnostic tools
  • Facilitation skills
  • Team coaching for future-fit organisations
  • Agile and team coaching, the scrum coach and other frameworks
  • The importance of team coaching supervision
  • Systemic thinking, constellations and practice – working with challenging team dynamics and developing deeper awareness
  • Diversity in teams

Workshop 3: Team purpose, strategy, goals and values

Topics include:

  • Team purpose, strategy, goals and values
  • Ways of working including team meetings and collective decision making
  • Designing team coaching programmes
  • Business development approaches
  • Team learning, growth and innovation
  • Managing challenging team conversations and dynamics
  • Virtual team coaching exercise and team coaching simulation

Virtual Learning Platform

Our virtual learning platform gives you access to videos, demonstrations, exercises, and ICF competencies, as well as leading academic databases for e-books and journals.


You will be assessed through a 40-60 minute live team coaching session.


For participants

  • Gain the skills, knowledge and competencies to coach diverse teams, including board level, senior leaders, cross-functional, dispersed, project and virtual
  • Improve your credibility and recognition as a professional coach
  • Membership of the Henley Centre for Coaching
  • Henley alumni status and benefits

For your organisation

Team coaching can:

  • Support organisational change and help drive results
  • Develop high-performing teams
  • Enable teams to identify their purpose and how they add value to the organisation

Post-programme further study

  • Henley MSc Coaching and Behavioural Change


The Henley Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and designed to form part two of the Henley Approved Coach Training Programme (ACTP), the Henley Post Graduate Certificate in Executive and Team Coaching, with part one being the Henley Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching.

For coaches who have previously completed an ICF Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) programme elsewhere, it can be studied in addition to that to form part of the requirements for the ICF ACTP.

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Location and facilities

Finding us

We pride ourselves on understanding the need to create an environment which is both relaxing and comfortable enabling work and study to be focused and effective. From our unique riverside location to our impressive amenities, we provide an ideal environment for meeting success.

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Sports facilities

henley business school gym greenlands

Balancing busy work schedules with relaxation and exercise is an important aspect of our approach at Henley. The fully equipped and professionally staffed Fitness Centre with views overlooking the beautiful grounds and River Thames has everything needed to restore a sense of well being.

Business facilities

Business facilities - rooms

At our Greenlands site we provide a variety of meeting rooms and conference facilities. Our rooms have been designed with an emphasis on practicality with many of our rooms benefiting from the latest presentation equipment to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly.

Conference Rooms

The conference rooms at Greenlands, Henley, all feature air conditioning, natural daylight and excellent acoustics, as well as state-of-the-art AV and presentation technology controlled by bluetooth touch screens, free WiFi access, laptop connections, networked PC and large screens. Our larger rooms also have repeater screens. Each conference room has access to dedicated syndicate and break-out rooms and refreshment areas close by. Stationery, flipcharts, photocopying facilities and whiteboards are included as standard.

Meeting Rooms

All syndicate and meeting rooms at Henley are fitted with a large screen, networked PC, whiteboards and have free WiFi access and laptop connections. River House 1-14 are also fitted with Copycam, allowing users to capture whiteboard notes at the touch of a button. Digital recorders, video and stills cameras are also available on request. All are laid out boardroom style.


Henley Business School Bedroom

We have 100 rooms including some with disabled facilities. All rooms are en-suite & include a safe, trouser press, laptop connection with free Wi-Fi access, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with radio, Molton Brown toiletries, tea & coffee making facilities and a hair dryer. Photograph of Thames Court accommodation.

Full English breakfast is served in our main dining room, which overlooks the River Thames. Our dedicated staff maintain the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All guest rooms receive daily housekeeping services.


Dining at Henley Business School Greenlands

When it comes to dining, we offer you choice, quality and flexibility. We understand that you also want facilities that are conducive to networking, and dining arrangements that integrate seamlessly with the other aspects of your day. Henley is renowned for both its excellent standards of service and the high quality of cuisine. The chefs and their professional staff are able to offer the sophistication of a memorable evening dinner in the spacious dining room, with its views over the lawns down to the Thames.

Fresh, varied breakfasts are prepared by award-winning chefs and served each morning in the beautiful, riverside restaurant - the Heyworth Room.


Several tea and coffee areas are situated throughout the buildings, the Garden Common Room is situated beside the Heyworth Room and is open throughout the day and evening offering a wide range of Fairtrade drinks and a selection of biscuits. The bar is open each evening serving a full range of drinks.

Henley Conference Centre and Hotel

Set in its own 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, alongside the River Thames, this magnificent Grade II Listed Building offers excellent conference, meeting and event facilities and provides a spectacular setting for any gathering. For more information about booking our beautiful facilities please visit the Henley Conferences website.

History of Greenlands

Records indicate that there has been a house on our Greenlands site for 500 years, although the house would have originally been much closer to the river.

Greenlands has been home to a series of notable families and individuals throughout its lifetime. These include Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer; Robert D'Oyley, Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1573; Bulstrode Whitelock, Oliver Cromwell's Ambassador to Sweden and most recently WH Smith, who bought the existing house in 1871. Queen Elizabeth I is also known to have visited on more than one occasion, most likely when staying at her royal palace in Reading.

The site became the home of a new Administrative Staff College in 1946, first welcoming students in 1948. In 1952, after the unexpected death of Viscount Hambleden from whom the College leased the site, an opportunity to purchase Greenlands' 30 acres arose. The College was renamed Henley Management College in 1991, and following the 2008 merger with the University of Reading became Henley Business School. Today, the world-ranked Henley MBA, The Henley DBA and our executive education programmes are delivered at Greenlands.

The Henley Way

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Experience is highly practical, collaborative and academically rigorous. We develop confident leaders and professionals who are able to take a fresh perspective and have the energy, capability and resilience to ensure that they and their organisations are successful.


  • Engagement
  • Awareness
  • Alignment
  • Rigour & relevance
  • Trust

The Henley Experience is much more than a set of principles. It is ingrained in our spirit and fundamental to our purpose and heritage, characterising the way we can help you to deliver exceptional performance.


We engage with you at the deepest level, fostering a shared spirit of curiosity, exploration, investigation and learning. We collaborate with you in order to challenge assumptions and mindsets, and get to the heart of the real business issues you face.


By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, you are able to ask yourself those crucial questions that allow you to learn more about what informs your strategic business decisions and actions.


We work closely with you to diagnose your strategic individual and organisational aims. We then identify programmes that are best aligned to these goals, or we can co-evolve a learning design specifically aimed at achieving these strategic outcomes.


We draw on world-class research and originate leading-edge thinking – but theory remains theory unless it is applied to real-world business. All of our programmes are delivered by experienced faculty who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What you learn translates into business results.


Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with you to co-create the very best executive learning experiences and commercial outcomes.

At Henley we know we cannot just be exceptional – we are here to help you become exceptional.


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Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the programme, please contact our programme advisors by email at or by phone on +44 (0) 1491 418767.