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Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching

At a glance

  • Learn how to work with teams to improve performance and deliver change at an organisational level
  • Understand how to coach a diverse range of teams, including virtual and cross-functional
  • Benefit from ongoing feedback, mentoring and supervision
  • Course content explores group dynamics and systemic thinking
  • Follow a programme that is accredited by the ICF (through the Henley ACTP programme*) and EMCC
Subject area(s)
£6,450 (live-online) / £6,950 (in-person, excluding accommodation) - VAT exempt
Course length
9 months
Suitable for
Experienced coaches, team leaders and consultants
Live-online weekday, In-person weekday

Start dates

1 Feb 2023

Delivery: Live-online weekday
Location: Online

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4 May 2023

Delivery: In-person weekday
Location: Greenlands campus

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5 Jun 2023

Delivery: Live-online weekday
Location: Online

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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.


The Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching is an advanced executive coaching programme that helps you deliver change at a team and organisational scale. It is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (through the Henley ACTP programme*) as well as the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

By experimenting with tools, techniques and approaches, you will gain the skills needed to coach a diverse range of teams and maximise their potential. You will also learn how to work with stakeholders at all levels to deliver a 'ripple effect' across the organisation.

Course content is research-led and explores topics such as group dynamics and systemic thinking and is delivered through workshops, self-study, team coaching practice, and individual and group mentoring.

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

Key benefits

You will need 100+ hours of coaching experience with multiple coachees, as an internal or external coach, and to have completed a prior coaching training programme. If you are 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 using facilitation techniques is also recommended.

An excellent level of English is essential and proficiency testing may be requested.

** Evidence of coaching experience can be demonstrated through a coaching log or confirmation of coaching hours from an employer (if an internal coach), consultancy, or training provider.

The Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching typically runs over nine months, part-time. It consists of workshop-based classroom learning as well as self-directed online study, mentor coaching and supervision sessions.

You will need to undertake a minimum of 50 hours of team coaching practice outside of the workshops and online learning.

A tutor-participant ratio of 1:9 provides you with the opportunity for practice and highly personalised development.

You will be assessed through a short reflective paper of 1500 words and a 40-minute recording of a live coaching session.

Programme content

Before your course starts, you will:

  • Source potential team(s) for coaching practice
  • Carry out relevant reading activities (team coaching books and articles)
  • Access selected online resources
  • Complete a psychometric questionnaire

In this workshop, you will explore:

  • The business case for, and foundations underpinning, team coaching
  • How to develop 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)

In this workshop, you will examine:

  • Team coaching models and frameworks
  • Contracting before and during team coaching
  • Team coaching for future-fit organisations
  • Agile and team coaching (the scrum coach and other frameworks)
  • The importance of team coaching supervision
  • System thinking, constellations and practice – how to work with challenging team dynamics and build deeper awareness
  • Diversity in teams

In this workshop, you will understand:

  • Team purpose, strategy, goals and values
  • The different ways of working, including team meetings and collective decision making
  • How to design team coaching programmes
  • Business development approaches
  • Team learning, growth and innovation
  • How to manage challenging team conversations and dynamics

You will also participate in a virtual team coaching exercise and simulation.


The Henley Professional Certificate in Team, Board and Systemic Coaching is accredited by the ICF (through the Henley ACTP programme) and the EMCC.

ICF accreditation

The programme is designed to form part two of the Henley Approved Coach Training Programme (ACTP), the Henley Postgraduate 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. For more information visit: https://www.coachfederation.or...

*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. Please note, constraints in timetable scheduling may mean you are unable to take some optional modules at the same time as others.

Lucy Widdowson

Accredited Coach and Team Coach

Paul J Barbour

Executive and Team Coach

Professor Andrew Kakabadse

Professor of Governance & Leadership

Professor Peter Hawkins

Professor of Leadership


  • 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


  • 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 Team, Board and Systemic 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 Team, Board and Systemic Coaching is also available to B Corporations. Please contact us to discuss eligibility and availability.

Multiple bookings

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 Team, Board and Systemic Coaching is approved under the MOD's ELC scheme and can be part-funded using Enhanced Learning Credits.

Please note:

* 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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Set in sweeping parkland on the banks of the River Thames, Henley Business School's Greenlands campus provides an inspiring and reflective environment for focused work and study.

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Why choose Henley?

No.2 in the UK
of Executive Education providers for open programmes
(Financial Times Executive Education open enrolment programmes rankings 2022)
No. 19 Globally
for Executive Education combined open and custom programmes
(Executive Education 2022: Top 50 combined ranking and school profiles)

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.

Contact us

Open Programmes

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the programme, please contact our programme advisors.

Telephone: 01491 418767

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