Henley ICF Accreditation Preparation Programme

Key facts

Programme fee:

£1,500 excluding accommodation. VAT exempt.

Programme duration:

3 months

Programme format:

1 x 2-day classroom-based workshop, plus mentor coaching sessions and other learning (all online)

Eligibility to attend:

Only for Henley Professional Certificate in Coaching (PCiC) alumni (and for those who did the PCiC as part of their MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change)


Programme Overview

Supporting you towards the Associate Certified Coach status with the ICF

This three month programme prepares Henley coaching alumni for the ICF assessments that are an essential part of credentialing at Associate Certified Coach level.

A one-off opportunity to build on your existing Henley coaching qualification to achieve ICF accreditation. Only available this year

The Henley Professional Certificate in Coaching was accredited by the ICF in July 2018.

Responding to feedback from alumni who studied prior to this accreditation, we have negotiated a special arrangement with the ICF, to offer this preparation programme. This results in completion of the ICF accredited version of the Professional Certificate in Coaching programme, which can then be used towards Associate Certified Coach accreditation.

This programme is:

  • A unique arrangement between Henley and the ICF, in recognition of the quality of the Professional Certificate in Coaching
  • Only available for a limited period to enable those Henley alumni who wish to achieve ICF accreditation to do so. Final two intakes in October and December 2019.

It will not become a regular part of the Henley programme calendar; places will be limited and early booking is advised.

Who is the Henley ICF Accreditation Preparation Programme for?

It is for all Henley Professional Certificate in Coaching alumni (and for those who completed the Foundations in Coaching module as part of their MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change) prior to September 2018).

Anyone starting the Professional Certificate in Coaching from September 2018 will benefit from the ICF accreditation and will not need to attend this preparation programme.

Please contact us if you have any questions on your eligibility to attend this programme.

Programme format and duration

The ICF Accreditation Preparation Programme will follow a similar model of teaching to the Professional Certificate in Coaching, with practical, experiential learning, supported by online content.

The programme lasts 3 months; in addition to 2 days of classroom-based workshops this programme includes 10 hours virtual group coaching mentoring / supervision and 3 hours individual supervision.

For an additional 6 months (total 12 months) you will also have access to a host of resources online, providing support as you work towards the formal ICF assessment. This is via the Canvas platform.

Programme content

Programme content is specifically tailored towards the ICF managed assessments, which include the ICF Knowledge Assessment (an online multiple choice exam) and an audio recording of a 30-minute coaching session.

Content will include:

  • ICF Ethics
  • Contracting and creating a relationship
  • The coaching relationship and trust
  • Focus & presence
  • Active listening
  • Powerful questions
  • Creating awareness
  • Designing actions and moving forward

Programme completion and next steps with the ICF

The Associate Certified Coach status assessment is fully independent of Henley and you will need to apply to the ICF to complete the assessment process.

We would encourage you to do this during the 12 months that you have access to Henley online resources.

Having completed the 2-day workshop sessions and the requisite coach mentoring sessions, you will receive a certificate of completion for the Henley ICF Accreditation Preparation Programme.

This certificate, alongside your Professional Certificate in Coaching qualification, is submitted to the ICF prior to undertaking the ICF managed assessments.

There is no formal assessment by Henley during this preparation programme.


Ongoing contact with Henley Business School through:

  • Access to resources from the online learning portal (Canvas) for up to 12 months from programme start
  • Option to continue membership of The Henley Centre for Coaching (fee payable)

Benefits for participants

  • Practical development and support towards ICF accreditation
  • Further expand your coaching skills and techniques
  • Opportunity to connect and network with coaching peers and Henley coaching faculty
  • A year’s membership of The Henley Centre for Coaching. This includes access to 10 webinars and 6 ‘In conversation’ podcasts, plus access to journals and coaching magazines, including Coaching at Work.

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, please contact our programme advisors by email at exec@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 1491 418767.