Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching

Transforming experienced coaches into exceptional ones, the Advanced Practitioner Diploma is designed to give you the theory, practice, learning materials and long-term support network needed to further your abilities as a first-class coach with a business focus.

Positive impact

The aim of this diploma is to enable you to expertly coach leaders and senior executives within an organisational context at an advanced level. You will identify the type of clients you work best with, ensure you get the results you contract for and feel completely confident in your coaching practice.
The programme is ideal for both internal and external coaches. Organisations that we have worked with include Hallmark Cards, Plymouth University and Resurgo Spear.

Reasons to enrol

If you are looking for personal and professional transformation through increased self-awareness, improved cognitive knowledge and enhanced behavioural skills, this course is ideal for you.

You will gain a strong working knowledge of psychological theory and practices which contribute to our understanding of how human beings interact – the underpinnings of coaching practice.

Together we will create a learning environment in which you will choose a style that best suits you and your coaching practice. Each participant will also act as a client to enhance coaching practice and address real business and development issues.

On graduating from this programme you will have an internationally recognised qualification at an advanced level.

What’s involved

This programme requires 14 days over 13 months and consists of several key elements:

Core curriculum – Explores what makes advanced coaching advanced, a number of psychological schools of thought and the systemic context of executive coaching.

Skills practice and experiential learning – The AoEC highly values experiential learning and the importance of practising skills in a safe, expertly guided environment. Working in client-coach-observer practice groups, participants will receive robust feedback in order to drive consistent improvement.

Personal development – Greater awareness of yourself improves your understanding of others. On the programme, we focus on us as a system and the interactions that take place within it.

An important element of coaching is the understanding of the relationship – our own, and our clients’ responses. You will also be provided with group supervision.


To create a vibrant learning community that reflects the dynamics of an organisational system, we have chosen a structure that draws on all our experience of best practice.

  • Orientation day to meet peers and faculty
  • Four 3-day modules approximately 8 weeks apart to maintain momentum, continuity and integration
  • An assessment day to complete the programme
  • Practice groups, which meet physically or virtually between events to consolidate learning
  • Four individual tutorials to attend to academic, professional or development needs

The Advanced Diploma programme requires substantial knowledge and experience of developing people either as a business leader or senior manager, consultant, trainer or coach.
If you are not sure whether your experience fits, please speak with us.

This programme is also available for delivery within organisations. Please contact Karen Smart, Head of Consultancy at for further details.


Paul Van Geyt

Pippa Isbell

Rachel Daniel

Course Faculty

Our Faculty are all highly experienced executive coaches in their own right with various background in the corporate sector. Have a look at their profiles on our Faculty page.


Situated just two miles outside the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Salomons Estate is a stunning Victorian mansion, designed by the acclaimed architect Decimus Burton. Set in 36 acres of rolling gardens, parkland and woods, it enjoys an enviable location in the heart of England’s garden, yet within an hour’s travel of Central London.


EMCC Qualification
Senior Practitioner Level
Equivalent to Postgraduate Certificate

For more detailed information see the EMCC Website

ICF Qualification

ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Programme) 131 Coach Specific Training Hours (CSTH) which covers the minimum 125 CSTH required for PCC Level (Professional Certified Coach).

For more detailed information see the ICF Website

Middlesex University/Professional Development Foundation
40 level 7 (formally known as Masters level) credits through Middlesex University Work Based Learning.

(The course is accredited by Middlesex University. Accreditation is the formal mechanism for the recognition of learning that is achieved outside the University’s validated programmes of study. The course uses Middlesex University’s credit framework to evaluate and quantify such learning in terms of credit points at a particular level. The course is delivered by the AoEC and can lead to the award of 40 level 7 credit points. The course does not result in the award of a Middlesex qualification.)

Funding for your training

If you are funding yourself and you need financial help we may be able to help.

Please contact us for more information.

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Mandy Golley

Tel: 01732 866826