At a glance
- Learn and practise key coaching tools, techniques and approaches
- Become a resilient, confident coach who can function in diverse situations
- Gain a professional, triple-accredited qualification that can help further your career
- Choose from a variety of study formats to suit your personal and work commitments
- Develop a supportive network of coaching peers
- Subject area(s)
- £6,250 (live-online) / £6,750 (in-person, excluding accommodation) - VAT exempt
- Course length
- 9-10 months (live-online) / 9 months (in-person)
- Suitable for
- 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
- Next start date
- 17 May 2021
- Online, Greenlands campus
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 Coaching 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. For the live-online version, all learning - including tutor and group interaction and mentoring and supervision sessions - is delivered through a digital platform.
You will also need to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of coaching practice outside of the workshops and online learning.
To find out more about your stay at Greenlands, read our Visit with confidence - COVID 19 safety information page.
Understand your role as a coach and gain awareness of your coaching style
Become a resilient coach who can function effectively in a diverse range of business situations
Practise different coaching approaches and tools
Gain a professional coaching qualification from an internationally-respected business school
You will typically have a good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification, and a minimum of 5 years' management experience. We also welcome applications from candidates with substantial knowledge, experience and skills in a relevant field who do not meet these requirements. An excellent level of English is essential and proficiency testing may be requested.
NOTE: In-person delivery will take place in accordance with, and subject to, the latest government guidance and measures put in place by the University of Reading.
Can't find the date you're looking for? Contact us to enquire about further 2021 dates or joining a waitlist for fully booked dates. Due to COVID-19, some of our in-person cohorts will now be delivered online. See dates below for full details.
|Course fee:||£6,250 (live-online) / £6,750 (in-person, excluding accommodation) - VAT exempt|
|Duration:||9-10 months (live-online) / 9 months (in-person)|
|Suitable for:||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|
Available start dates
|FULLY BOOKED - please enquire to join the waitlist. Workshop 1 (full weekdays live-online)||17 May 2021||18 May 2021|
|Workshop 2 (full weekdays live-online)||21 June 2021||23 June 2021|
|Workshop 3 (full weekdays live-online)||26 July 2021||27 July 2021|
|6 months virtual supported study, including mentoring and supervision||28 July 2021||31 January 2022|
|FULLY BOOKED - please enquire to join the waitlist. Part 1 (live-online; Tuesdays 19:30–21:30, Thursdays 17:00–19:00 and 19:30–21:30.)||8 June 2021||1 July 2021|
|Part 2 (live-online; Tuesdays 19:30–21:30, Thursdays 17:00–19:00 and 19:30–21:30.)||31 August 2021||5 September 2021|
|Part 3 (live-online; Tuesdays 19:30–21:30, Thursdays 17:00–19:00 and 19:30–21:30.)||28 October 2021||16 November 2021|
|Part 4 (virtual supported study, including mentoring and supervision; 10 sessions total)||22 November 2021||28 February 2022|
|Workshop 1 (full weekend days)||26 June 2021||27 June 2021|
|Workshop 2 (full weekend days)||31 July 2021||2 August 2021|
|Workshop 3 (full weekend days)||4 September 2021||5 September 2021|
|6 months virtual supported study, including mentoring and supervision||6 September 2021||31 March 2022|
|Workshop 1 (full weekdays)||19 July 2021||20 July 2021|
|Workshop 2 (full weekdays)||1 September 2021||3 September 2021|
|Workshop 3 (full weekdays)||11 October 2021||12 October 2021|
|6 months virtual supported study, including mentoring and supervision||13 October 2021||3 May 2022|
|Workshop 1 (full weekend days)||11 September 2021||12 September 2021|
|Workshop 2 (full weekend days)||16 October 2021||18 October 2021|
|Workshop 3 (full weekend days)||27 November 2021||28 November 2021|
|6 months virtual supported study, including mentoring and supervision||29 November 2021||31 May 2022|
|Workshop 1 (full weekdays)||27 September 2021||28 September 2021|
|Workshop 2 (full weekdays)||1 November 2021||3 November 2021|
|Workshop 3 (full weekdays)||7 December 2021||8 December 2021|
|6 months virtual supported study, including mentoring and supervision||9 December 2021||30 June 2022|
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)
- 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.
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.
Study is part-time over 9-10 months. It is delivered in stages with the live-online workshops delivered in 2 hour sessions, typically 3 sessions per week. Through the digital platform you will have live-learning, tutor and group interaction, as well as mentoring and supervision sessions. Further content is delivered online via a combination of videos and exercises.
The Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching runs over a total of nine to ten months part-time, as broken down below:
Before your course starts, you will complete:
These activities should take you around 2-3 hours to complete.
This workshop/part explores your personal skills and attributes, and your beliefs and values around coaching. A basic framework for coaching is introduced.
You will examine:
Before Workshop 2 starts, you will complete:
This workshop/part enables you to try out different tools and techniques and understand the underpinning psychological concepts.
You will study:
You will then be in a position to undertake reflective practice.
Before Workshop 3 starts, you will complete:
This workshop/part 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:
After workshop/part 3, you will follow a programme of virtual study that includes:
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.
You will have ongoing contact with Henley Business School through:
The Certificate forms part of the MSc in Coaching for Behavioural Change. Alternatively, you could develop your career with the ICF-accredited Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching.
The Certificate is accredited by the International Coaching 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.
The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.
Programme Director Jonathan Passmore leads the Henley Centre for Coaching. His doctorate is in occupational psychology, where his thesis focused on coaching relationships and behaviours. He has won many international awards and advised professional bodies such as the Institute for Leadership and Management and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
"I’ve certainly gained a great deal of self-confidence, and I think that understanding why the things I do work, has made me – and my coaching – more effective."
Graham Roberts, Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching
"Henley’s tutors are exceptional, and the setting is conducive to powerful learning and interaction ... I gained more from the course than I could possibly have imagined."
"It was even more practical than I'd expected, with lots of opportunities to use various tools and techniques in real life coaching situations."
""The tutors have complementary styles, so they were able to spark different elements of progress; the way they work together is outstanding ... eight months after the programme finished, I’m still quoting things they said on the first day, which is a testament to the impression they made."
- 10% discount for Henley alumni
This applies to
- Henley Business School alumni*
- University of Reading undergraduate and postgraduate alumni
(Where 120 plus credits have been awarded).
The Henley Partnership
- 10% discount for THP members
- 50% discount
Henley Business School is pleased to offer up to two discounted places for employees of UK registered charities on each intake of the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, with a maximum of one place per charity on each intake.
Applicants will need to provide:
- Proof of paid employee status of a UK registered charity
- Confirmation that this role is their main employment
- The UK registered charity number
- Confirmation that charity can be invoiced directly
To apply, applicants should complete and return the charity place application form. This form should be provided at the point of application, charity places may not be applied for retrospectively.
Certified B Corporations
- 50% discount
A discounted place on the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching is also available to B Corporations. Please contact us to discuss eligibility and availability.
The following discount is available on programme fees when multiple bookings are made by applicants from the same organisation. Payment is required in advance and this offer is subject to eligibility**.
- 10% 2-4 people
- 15% 5-9 people
- 20% 10+ people
MOD Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme
The Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching is approved under the MOD's ELC scheme and can be part funded using Enhanced Learning Credits.
* Alumni discount is available to Henley Business School alumni (as part of University of Reading), not to graduates of Henley Management College.
** Please contact us for eligibility criteria, availability and terms.
Only one discount can apply.
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The Henley Centre for Coaching
The Henley Centre for Coaching is a global leader in coaching research and coach training. The Centre is home to a wealth of resources, including the National Coaching Resources Centre, and is a proud recipient of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) Coaching Award.
Executive Education at Henley
For 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders. Executive Education at Henley is:
- Practical: we combine academic rigour with a strong practical focus, so you can immediately apply what you have learned back in your organisation.
- Relevant: Henley faculty are experienced practitioners who can support you in exploring solutions to your organisation’s challenges.
- Collaborative: Open programmes enable you to expand your network, gain new perspectives and share ideas with peers from a range of backgrounds and sectors.
- Personal: deliberately small learning groups allow you to benefit from individual attention and a confidential environment. We encourage you to understand your unique strengths, leadership style, and areas for development.
Kate Sandars, Consultant in digital transformation, explains how the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching helped her reflection and self awareness as a coach.
Emma works for Barnbow Consultancy. She explains how she transformed her mindset and developed new coaching techniques as a result of the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching.