Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Coaching

This program increases your ability to engage individuals on a profound level, significantly increasing their organizational impact and performance.

At a glance

  • 1 yr part-time (5 x 2-day workshops)

  • Study at Ashridge House or Online

  • 3 intakes per year (1 online, 2 in-person)

  • EMCC Senior Practitioner (only with Ashridge Accreditation)

Program Overview

Coaches work in complex and sensitive social and political environments that require the use of a rare combination of skills, knowledge, personal qualities and concern for professional ethics.

The aim of this qualification is to support you and enable you to develop yourself as an executive coach to the full extent of your potential. The programme is designed to adapt to your personal strengths and coaching philosophy, to help you become the best coach you can be for a large variety of clients.

This programme combines a psychological and organizational perspective on coaching. Through a combination of psychological theories and models, sound business understanding and facilitative coaching, you will acquire the skills to grow your organization consulting and coaching practice.

For anyone thinking about doing this, absolutely go for it. It's been one of the most incredible experiences I've had the privilege to do. I've loved meeting and working with wonderful people, benefiting from brilliant faculty and cutting-edge academic research. I've enjoyed thinking about how to apply that back, out in the real world, to make a difference.

Faye Blois Brooke

Master's in Executive Coaching

Theory and Practice

Coaching for Organisation Consultants

This module comprises 5 x 2-day workshops.

In these workshops you will learn psychological theory and the latest relational coaching techniques, and practise your skills by working in triads with your peers.

To achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Coaching you must complete and submit a reflective journal.


  • Study face-to-face or online

  • Optional accreditation process


Optional accreditation process

This consists of an individual coaching accreditation assessment - a half-day preparation workshop + one-day practicum.

Upon successful completion, you will achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Coaching. You will be able to use the "Ashridge Accredited Executive Coach" logo on your website and marketing materials.


  • Gain Ashridge Accreditation

  • You must have completed the Postgraduate Certificate

  • EMCC Senior Practitioner Status

Master's Degree

Continue your study

Add a 2nd year to your study to achieve a Masters in Executive Coaching.
Further develop your coaching style towards a mindful and relational approach.

In this master's year you will complete an action-learning-based, qualitative research project, supported by our experienced coaching faculty and Hult Impact Research Lab director, Erik de Haan


  • Master's in Executive Coaching

  • 10% discount on master's fee

  • EMCC Senior Practitioner Status


  • Developing Coaching Strategies

  • Psychological Theories of Personality: Working in the Relationship

  • Creative Change Interventions

  • Professionalism in the Coaching Relationship

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

Dorothee Stoffels

BA/DipS, MSc, MA

Fees & admissions

How to apply

The application process takes place online. Our virtual information sessions are a great way to learn more about the programme and the application processs.

  • Submit a completed application form or online application

  • Provide details of two referees

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate or master's degree, or equivalent academic award, or if you are a mature individual without an academic qualification, evidence of appropriate conceptual and study skills

  • 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 Certificate9,400 GBP
Postgraduate Certificate + Diploma (inc. accreditation)12,900 GBP
Master's in Executive Coaching24,450 GBP

Start Dates

Start DateApplication Deadline
May 23, 2024 - Face to Face (Ashridge House)Last seat remaining
  • All fees are excluding VAT

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Next intake: October 17, 2024

The deadline for our next intake is September 11, 2024. This is a fully online cohort and places are filling up fast, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.