Certificate in Coaching

IAFPD Certificate in Coaching: Introducing the Cognitive-behavioural approach to coaching

The IAFPD Certificate in Coaching is our most popular professional body and Approved Recognised coaching programme delivered by the Centre.  It forms part of the our Advanced Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Coaching programme.  It is also part of the Association for Coaching Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coaching programme.

It introduces course delegates to the cognitive-behavioural approach to coaching. The trainers are experienced cognitive-behavioural coaches who have published work on the approach. It is run about every six weeks at the British Psychological Society offices in London, UK. The course is run in partnership with the Centre for Coaching, International Academy for Professional Development.


Both of these courses are Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre, and Approved by the International Society for Coaching Psychology. They form part of the Association for Coaching Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coaching programme. These two 5-day intensive or 6-day programmes each have the same aims and objectives but cover the theory and practice of coaching from different perspectives. The courses introduce the traditional GROW model of coaching and cover the cognitive-behavioural Dual Systems and SPACE models. The pre-course reading includes Life Coaching: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach (Neenan and Dryden). These courses form part of the Centre’s Advanced Certificate and Diploma in Coaching programmes.

This course is suitable for trainee coaches, managers, personnel staff, management consultants, psychologists, trainers and others interested in learning about coaching and the cognitive behavioural approach.
NB. This course is not suitable for experienced coaches or those professionals already accredited in the cognitive behavioural approach.

These programmes provide delegates with an underlying philosophy of coaching together with a range of practical skills required to be able to undertake coaching with individuals. The main approach is cognitive behavioural.

• be able to define coaching
• understand the difference between coaching and counselling
• become knowledgeable about types of clients and their problems
• become knowledgeable about the cognitive behavioural approach
• understand the concept of the life audit and how to structure initial meetings
• develop and have an opportunity to practise a range of relevant skills
• become proficient in using a coaching assessment form
• explore four learning styles and relate these to the learning cycle
• explore and resolve difficulties impeding goal-attainment
• understand the importance of keeping a time log to improve time keeping
• troubleshoot obstacles to action plan implementation

A Centre and Academy certificate is awarded to participants who successfully complete the course and the written take home exam assignment.

The trainers include Dr Siobhain O’Riordan, Kasia Szymanska and Nick Edgerton.