Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Coaching

Once you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Coaching you will be able to apply for accreditation.

This is an assessment only module, that enables experienced coaches at PG Certificate level to become Hult Ashridge accredited executive coaches and upgrade their PG Cert to a Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Coaching.

At a glance

  • Half-day preparation workshop

  • One-day practicum

  • Live Coaching Assessment

  • EMCC Senior Practitioner

Program Overview

The aim of the accreditation module is to provide a rigorous peer assessment of the competence of the executive coach on all seven accreditation criteria that are used for assessment throughout the Master in Executive Coaching. Ashridge Accreditation involves the assessment of your skills, knowledge, understanding and experience in executive coaching.

As an accredited executive coach you will be expected to adhere to our Executive Coaching Code of Conduct and maintain regular CPD and supervision.

Those who successfully complete our accreditation process will also be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Coaching and will be eligible for EMCC Senior Practitioner status.

Submission A

Accreditation Self Assessment

An ‘Accreditation Self-Assessment’, an assessment of your own current competence against the seven coach accreditation criteria. In addition, you are required to submit your ‘Coaching Practice Overview’ comprising:
i. Your coaching profile
ii. Your record of coaching hours, including numbers of hours, anonymized clients and dates
iii. Your record of own supervision sessions including numbers of hours, supervisor’s names and dates. We require at least 10 sessions in the last two years.

Submission B

Written Case Study

Submission of 5,500 words (+10%) written ‘Coaching Case Study’ of coaching work with one recent coaching client. You should use the coaching assessment criteria, your own client case notes and coaching logbook as the basis for this work. This work will be
assessed by two members of the Accreditation Board.

Submission C

Recording and Transcript

A record of recent coaching work with a different client from the one in your written case study. The ‘Coaching
Skills Assessment (Recorded)’, to include:
i. A single continuous digital recording of 20 minutes (+10%) of live coaching work (an excerpt of a full-length session).
ii. A verbatim written transcript of the recording.
iii. A written commentary on the recorded coaching describing the context; the client; the particular session recorded; what this session demonstrates; and how the learning from Module 1A has affected your practice.
iv. Written feedback from the client

Submission D

Live Practicum

The accreditation process for individual coaches will involve a live coaching practicum session of 20 minutes, the ‘Coaching Skills Assessment (Live)’. An assessment group made up of two
members of the Accreditation Board and two to three colleagues also completing the practicum will observe this coaching session.
All assessments will be made against the Coaching Assessment Criteria and full feedback will be provided at the end of the session.

Ashridge Coaching Philosophy

At Ashridge we see coaching as a relational practice. While we take it as read that serving our clients is the primary task of a coaching relationship, we have a particular perspective on the nature of this relationship. We take the view that the relationship between coach and client is at the heart of effective coaching and is, therefore, the central vehicle for learning and change. We see this as a mutual and co-creating relationship rather than a remedial contract to solve a problem.

Our Coaching Faculty

Our coaching and supervision faculty are highly experienced organization consultants and executive coaches and supervisors. Many are also experienced psychotherapists and bring their relational and Gestalt approaches to our coaching programs.

Ann Knights

BA (Hons), MSc, MCIPD, DipM, ATT

Erik de Haan

Ashridge Centre for Coaching Director, MA, MSc, PHD

Charlotte Sills

MA, MSc, PGCE, Teaching/Supervising Transactional Analyst (ITAA)

Tammy Tawadros

MSc in HR/Organisational Consulting

David Birch

BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc, PG Cert Supervision

Simon Cavicchia

MA (Oxon), MSc (Organisational Change), MSc (Gestalt Psychotherapy), Dip. Supervision

Judith Bell

BA(Hons), DipClinPsych, DPsych, AFBPsS

Fees & admissions

Accreditation requirements

•Evidence of being a good listener, capable of concentrated listening for extended periods of time
•Evidence of a basic understanding of normal business processes
•Evidence of being able to strike a balance between being self- reliant and knowing when to seek support
•Evidence of at least 90 hours coaching practice (at least 45 sessions including experience of intensive 1:1 situations
for individual coaches) in the last 2 years
•Evidence of attending regular coaching supervision, with a minimum of 10 sessions over the last 2 years
•Experience of work at senior levels in large, international client organisations: record of the level of past and current coaching work, with indications of progress
• When using psychometrics: evidence for British Psychological Society level B (or equivalent if you are outside
UK), and good working experience which includes specific, qualification-based training of each test/questionnaire in use
• When providing 360-degree feedback evidence of having completed the appropriate training for each instrument

  • A Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Coaching or equivalent

  • Minimum of three years' experience in a coaching or consulting position including roles offering mentoring and the development of others in their professional remit

  • Proficiency in English

Program fees

Postgraduate Diploma (Postgraduate Certificate + Accreditation)12,900 GBP
Accreditation only3,900 GBP

Start Dates

Start DateApplication Deadline
October 17, 2024 (Online) September 10, 2024
January 16, 2025 (Face-to-Face at Ashridge)December 11, 2024
May 19, 2025 (Face-to-Face at Ashridge)April 16, 2025
  • All fees are excluding VAT

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Next intake: October 17, 2024

The deadline for our next intake is September 10, 2024. This is a fully online cohort and places are filling up fast, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.