Certificate in Executive Coaching

Making coaching the predominant style of working together

A coaching accreditation programme for managers and internal coaches.

The aim of the programme is for you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to coach effectively in any context.

On completion, you will be recognised for your professional coaching skills through formal accreditation, awarded by EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) in partnership with Tom Battye Coaching Ltd.

EMCC Global is the premier accreditation body for professional coaches worldwide.

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Who should attend this programme?

  1. Do you have a minimum of five years’ experience as a line manager or coach?

  2. Is part of your role to support and develop others, and to build a talent pipeline?

  3. Would you like to build stronger relationships with your immediate colleagues?

  4. Would you like to improve your listening skills?

  5. Are you motivated to extend your leadership competencies?

  6. Would like to formalise your skills and gain professional accreditation?

If you answer yes to any of these six questions, then this programme is for you.

What you can expect

  • Individual feedback and support throughout the journey in relation to your coaching skills.
  • Enhance your coaching skills through practice both inside and outside the learning sessions
  • Apply a relational, transformational coaching methodology
  • Experience the value and application of contracting in coaching relationships
  • Use frameworks to structure coaching conversations to ensure positive outcomes
  • Explore psychological theory to support a coaching mindset
  • Discuss how to make the most of supervision, CPD and reflective practice

What are the outcomes?

By the end of this programme you will be able to:

  • Ask powerful questions that move a conversation to a deeper level
  • Demonstrate advanced listening skills
  • Support others to clarify, align and articulate their personal and professional goals
  • Develop an authentic coaching style, immediately applicable to your context
  • Use a strengths-based approach for developmental conversation
  • Coach as part of your situational leadership repertoire

12 week programme structure

You and up to 12 of your peers will attend an initial briefing session, followed by 10 x 2.5-hour live, interactive and experiential learning modules, plus a final conversation with course faculty to discuss your overall learning outcomes. All modules will be delivered using Zoom.

Initial Brief

1:1 conversation with course faculty to understand your learning objectives


10 x 2.5-hour live, interactive and experiential learning modules, delivered via Zoom

Coaching Practice

12 hours of coaching practice as part of the homework portfolio (including 1 x recording)

Homework Assignments

Reading, pre-work, reflective journals, online quizzes and personal statement

Professional Dialogue

Final conversation with course faculty to discuss overall learning outcomes

A 10-Module Programme

There are ten 2 1⁄2 hour live, interactive and experiential learning modules, delivered via Zoom

  1. Introduction to Coaching
    The key outcome is to ensure a common understanding of what is meant by coaching, and how it differs from mentoring or other kinds of intervention.
  2. Asking Powerful Questions
    We look at the skills associated with asking the best questions. This also involves gaining a deeper understanding of the principles of coaching.
  3. Coaching Models
    Every good coach develops a unique style. We start by introducing some of the most effective coaching models and support you to develop your own.
  4. Goal-Setting
    We introduce a range of goal-setting models. We also introduce the neuro- psychology of coaching, nudge theory and habit formation.
  5. Advanced Listening Skills
    Listening skills lie at the very heart of high-quality coaching. We introduce you to techniques for listening at a deep level.
  6. Coaching in the Moment
    Coaching can be situational. Module Six helps you coach in the moment, when your coachee may benefit from this approach, but may not be expecting it.
  7. Constructive Challenge
    The coaching relationship involves both support and challenge. We introduce a relational approach to using confrontative interventions.
  8. Use of the ‘self as an instrument’
    Building on the previous module, we introduce the ‘use of self’ in coaching; working with metaphor, emotion, intuition, transference and parallel process.
  9. Contracting
    This module looks at setting up and closing down: including multi-stakeholder, psychological, formal and informal contracting, and ‘managing endings’.
  10. Practicing Professionally
    Finally, we consider how best to maintain a professional practice. We cover CPD, supervision, reflective practice, ethics, record keeping and more.

Key Milestones

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How much time will I need between modules?

The total study time for this program, including live sessions, is approximately 75 hours. Please be prepared for about 3 hours per week outside of the session time.


This will be dedicated to coaching practice, reading, pre-work, journaling, community discussion and online quizzes. Some weeks have a heavier workload than others.

“Excellent programme, genuinely thought-provoking and really engaging. It navigated the fine balance between theory and practice by enlightening the group on the principles and enabling us to put them into practice in a safe space.”


Meet your facilitator

Tom Battye

Master Practitioner, accredited supervisor and team coach, and recent winner of the EMCC Global Supervision Awards for contribution to the profession.

Tom Battye

Why partner with Tom Battye Coaching Ltd?

Tom is a thoughtful and incisive executive coach with two decades’ experience working in the field of leadership development.

Tom has been training coaches since 2005 and in that time has trained hundreds of internal coaches in public and private sector organisations including the NHS, the BBC, an Icelandic bank, various government departments in the UK and for a range of business schools including Chicago Booth and London Business School.

This programme has been assessed by the coaching body, EMCC Global, and has been given the EQA award (Bespoke: 75 hours), enabling graduates to gain accreditation with EMCC on completion.

“Whilst the skills are focused explicitly on coaching, they apply to all walks of life... I'm likely to remember elements of this course every day for years to come.


Next steps

Talk to Tom

If you would like to find out more, please book a 1:1 with Tom using the scheduler below.

Apply to take part

Alternatively, you may apply to join the programme using the Application Form.