Certificate in Coaching Practice

The Programme

The Certificate in Coaching Practice is the first year of the Masters in Professional Coaching programme and provides an excellent grounding in the practice of professional coaching. It assists anyone aspiring to coach formally and experienced coaches who wish to enhance their current approach to build a unique coaching framework and model and to benchmark themselves with a learning cohort.

The programme enables you to explore your individual skills and experience and to incorporate these in a coaching approach that is suited to your specific client group. You will also practice making your particular approach explicit so that you are able to clearly articulate to your clients why you are the right coach for them.

The Certificate in Coaching Practice is delivered part-time over nine months and is thus manageable for working professionals.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone interested in coaching formally and possibly considering a career as a coach
  • Experienced coaches who wish to make their current approach explicit and to benchmark it with a learning cohort


i-coach offers accredited programmes with routes to Post Graduate Certificate, Masters and Doctorate qualifications from the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University, UK. All i-coach academy pathways are also professionally accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). On successful completion of the Certificate in Coaching Practice you will receive certificate from i-coach academy which acknowledges the EMCC EQA award at Senior Practitioner level as well as 226 Accredited Coach Training Programme (ACTP) hours from the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Entry Requirments

To enter the Certificate in Coaching Practice it is useful to have an academic qualification in a related subject area such as business, counselling, education, sports coaching, psychology or human resources. In the absence of academic qualifications, previous experience (five years plus) in a related field will be considered. Applicants will need to participate in a Skills Benchmarking Day to demonstrate Foundation Level coaching skills or complete the Foundation in Coaching Paractice Programme.

Skills Benchmarking Day

The Skills Benchmarking Day is an opportunity to benchmark your current skills set against i-coach academy’s foundation level criteria with a group of peers. On the day you will be invited to deliver a coaching session whilst being observed by peers and faculty. You will also review the practice of others in the group and offer peer feedback. Finally the day will give you the opportunity for an individual coaching conversation with a faculty coach to reflect on the feedback from your coaching demonstration and consider the next steps in your journey to develop a professional coaching practice.

Learning Philosophy

Our programme assists you to critically reflect on your rich experience and knowledge, while integrating new theories and approaches. Since coaching is inherently interdisciplinary, our curriculum draws on broad areas of knowledge that inform the field of coaching. Through a process of experimentation and application, the programme is designed to help you define your unique approach to coaching. Instead of memorising the ‘right’ answers or behaviours, our Faculty act as facilitators encouraging you to discover principles for yourself and to build knowledge by working with others.

Learning to become a coach is a voyage of discovery that can be an intense emotional and challenging experience. We don’t believe in taking shortcuts and the journey is sometimes difficult, however by the end you will be a confident coach well attuned to your unique strengths and talents.

Learning Journey

The programme is delivered part-time over nine months and is manageable for working professionals. The teaching components total 12 days and are delivered over five learning modules of two or three days each. You are also expected to attend four Continued Professional Development and Supervision Days, one between each learning module. During learning modules you will work with faculty and your learning cohort to learn more about relevant theories, techniques and concepts underpinning professional coaching practice whilst also experimenting with new techniques and receiving feedback to enhance your skills. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, Adult Learning Theory, Self-Insight, Contracting, Mental Health and Ethics in Coaching, Performance Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, Somatic Coaching, Systems Theory, Leadership Coaching and integrating Coaching models.

Embedding the Learning

Between learning modules you will continue to experiment on your coaching practice with your learning cohort and clients. You will also receive coaching and supervision and engage in self study activities, such as reading and critical reflective journaling. The core activities, in the learning design, which support you to integrate your learning and evolve your coaching practice include:

  • Continued Professional Development and Supervision Days (four days)
  • Applied Coaching (minimum of 90 hours)
  • Received Coaching (19 hours at your own cost)
  • Framework Coaching from an i-coach academy faculty coach (five hours)
  • Reading, Reflective Journaling and Assignments – estimate two hours a week during the programme


You will be assessed on the programme in the following ways:

  1. Reflective Assignment and Individual Development Plan
  2. Continuous Assessment through the programme (to include a transcript and book review)
  3. Professional Review (Presentation, Demonstration and Feedback Activity) – i-coach academy Senior Practitioner Level
  4. Learning Journey Document – critical reflective portfolio of your learning journey (5000 words)

Next Steps

To learn more join us at an open evening in London or call us to arrange an individual appointment.

To enter the Certificate in Coaching Practice it is useful to have an academic qualification in a related subject area such as business, counselling, sports coaching or performance management. However, in the absence of academic qualifications, previous experience (five years plus) in business, leadership, counselling or sports coaching will be considered. Applicants will need to demonstrate foundation level coaching skills by participating in the Skills Benchmarking Day and/or the Foundation in Coaching Practice.

  • Skills Benchmarking Day – £245 + 20% VAT (non-refundable)
  • Private Sector Organisations: £6,950 plus 20% VAT
  • Self Funding Professionals, Publically Funded Organisations and Charities: £6,500 plus 20% VAT

A 20% deposit is required to secure your place and the balance is to be paid before the programme starts, unless otherwise agreed. There is an option to pay in tranches subject to a £100 administration fee. All fees are subject to VAT

Accreditation fee for those who wish to achieve a Post Graduate Qualification from Middlesex University by completing a research module – £900 paid directly to Middlesex University. ** Middlesex Fees correct at time of publication. Middlesex reserves the right to increase fees without notice.

* Please note a one off administration fee of £100 will apply for those who wish to pay their fees in tranches

** Participants will need to pay for received coaching in addition to the course fee. You will learn the most from coaches who are well established in the field and therefore we recommend that you choose the best coach that you can afford. However, for those who wish to keep costs at a minimum, we can recommend a number of our current Masters students who will offer coaching services at a much more affordable rate

Professional and Career Development loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Young People’s Learning Agency will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, they should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning or contact Careers Advice on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider registration number is: 11388

Please complete and send a contact form giving your full details, including your preferred contact number and/or email, and state which programmes and dates you are interested in. On receipt, a member of the i-coach team will contact you to explore your individual learning needs to ensure you have what you need to make an informed decision about enrolling on an i-coach programme.