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EMCC Accredited Practitioner

EMCC Accredited Practitioner

About the EMCC Coaching Programme (Equivalent to ILM Level 5)

This nine-day Executive EMCC Accredited Practitioner Coaching Programme is designed to be a powerful and experiential programme, for people who quickly want to accelerate their coaching experience and skill in an environment conducive to rich learning and development.

Our professional programme holds a European Quality Award assuring you that it meets rigorous standards, equivalent to ILM Level 5.

There is also the option to gain your European Individual Accreditation award (EIA), to Practitioner level.. This is a well-recognised accreditation in the coaching industry.   

One of the things that makes our programme stand out from the crowd is the amount of contact time we offer trainee coaches, both in understanding the theory, and applying it practically to their coaching. 

In addition, we believe that the large amount of skills practice on the course, coupled with powerful personal development gives you a point of difference in this increasingly competitive industry. 

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For more information, please contact Helen Houman, Programme Manager

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Programme Aims & Benefits

The programme aims to develop highly competent and confident business and personal coaches, fully prepared with the knowledge, skills, and accreditations that they will need to work independently or as an advanced coaching resource within an organisation.

It is designed to develop a sound understanding of coaching, encompassing classic coaching models and more specialist and highly relevant concepts relating to coaching in organisational systems, coaching leaders and a range of behavioural change methodologies.

A specific element of the programme is to train participants in Gestalt and Transactional Analysis approaches to coaching, and to develop skills in applying psychological theories and methodologies.

Additional programme benefits:

  • Developing self-awareness and awareness of your presence and impact, enabling you to work with the psychological and relational aspects of coaching
  • Providing a holistic understanding of personal coaching style enabling delegate to develop a ‘signature’ style to their coaching
  • Creating a close-knit network of coaches who have journeyed together through the course and who can continue to draw on each other for support, co-consultancy and learning

What to & expect

All workshops will include:
  • Up to date coaching theory – taught by experienced business and executive coaches
  • Live coaching demonstrations – bringing the course content to life
  • Extensive practice and skill development – working on your coaching skills in small groups, led by an experienced coach practice tutor, with a maximum of 4 delegates per group. Coach practice is not role play. It is a genuine coaching encounter based on a live situation brought to the practice session by another delegate. All delegates get to be coach, coachee, and observer in these sessions, providing a rich learning experience
  • Personal development – the whole programme is designed around Gestalt principles of awareness raising. Our many previous delegates say the personal development element is one of the best, and most surprising parts of the programme
  • Supervision – this is built into our workshop structure, and is a fundamental part of the way we work
  • Coaching ethics and good professional practice
  • Coaching models tools and techniques – to use with your clients
  • Real-life practical coaching examples from our extensive experience working in businesses and organisations
  • Outside the workshops, delegates are asked to build up a case-load of coachees in order to build up their coaching hours for the award. These coachees may be drawn from the work environment of the delegate, from their personal network or from general business development
To complete your Practitioner Level programme:
  • You will be required to complete pre and post-course work:- reading, assignments and 36 hours of client coaching. e required to complete pre and post-course work:- reading, assignments and 36 hours of client coaching. 

Programme Details

  • Delivered over 3×3 full day workshops.
  • 2 optional 2-hour Zoom supervision sessions included between programme workshops.
  • Dates of next in-person cohort based in central Leeds.
  • This professional programme holds a European Quality Award.
  • The total cost of the programme including all tuition and tuition costs, materials, supervision and EMCC accreditation is £3,295 plus VAT.
  • Two or more delegates booking from the same organisation would pay £2,995 for the Practitioner programme per person or £5,000 plus VAT for the Senior Practitioner programme.
  • There is the option to continue onto the Senior Practitioner programme, should you wish to move onto the advanced qualification after attending the Practitioner workshops.
  • The three Practitioner workshops make up the first three workshops of the Senior Practitioner programme.

Forthcoming start dates


Workshop 1: 14-16 May 2024 

Workshop 2: 09-11 July 2024 

Workshop 3: 15-17 October 2024 

Supervision: 27 June + 19 September 2024  


Workshop 1: 13-15th May 2025  

Workshop 2: 8-10th July 2025 

Workshop 3: 7-9th October 2025 

Supervision: 8th September + 10th November 2025 

Your Delivery Team

Sue Featherstone and Rebecca Cain, the delivery team, are highly experienced business and executive coaches. They have each been coaching for over 20 years and training coaches to an accredited standard for 12 and 15 years, respectively.

Sue and Rebecca take an in-depth psychological approach to the work they do. Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Relational Coaching methodology form the basis of their approach which involves raising awareness to stimulate change.

Sue and Rebecca do not just coach at a transactional level, but work at a deeper level with individuals, to deliver transformational changes in the work place

Rebecca Cain

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Rebecca has been coaching since 2001 and since then has worked with hundreds of people from a wide variety of both private and public sector clients.

To augment post-graduate qualifications in Business and Executive Coaching, Coaching Psychology and Coaching Supervision, Rebecca has recently completed her M.Sc in Organisational Development from a Gestalt perspective (Metanoia Institute).

She has worked as a coach, supervisor, coach trainer and organisational consultant for 20 years

Sue Featherstone

Sue has worked in the learning and development field since 1996. In addition to post-graduate qualifications in Business and Executive Coaching and Coaching Psychology, she is also a NLP Master Practitioner and holds qualifications in Transactional Analysis.

Sue has worked with a huge diversity of people from manufacturing, retail, the NHS, local government and many other private and public sector clients. She works as a coach, coach trainer and in the area of Team Coaching. She lectures in Team Coaching at UCD, Ireland.

Who should attend?

Individuals from Organisations

  • Leaders and line managers who want to develop coaching skills as part of their management and leadership style
  • Senior Leaders who want to focus on their own development, developing coaching skills with others of a similar calibre, in a safe environment

Practicing coaches seeking to develop their practice by

  • Gaining a highly creditable accreditation with professional recognition
  • Improving their coaching skills and coaching methodology
  • Learning to work with the psychological dimensions of business and personal coaching
  • Learning to coach senior leaders and to understand the applications of coaching in organisations

Aspiring Coaches

  • From related professional backgrounds (such as counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, business psychology), seeking to enhance their coaching capability

Our clients include:

  • Leeds Beckett University (open programme) University College, Dublin (open programme)
  • NHS North West Leadership Academy
  • NHS Trusts in Liverpool, Stockport, Tameside, and Leeds
  • Health Education England
  • Local authorities across the north west including Cheshire East, Oldham, Bury, Stockport
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Sheffield University
  • The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)
  • Together Housing
  • British Gas
  • Mott MacDonald
  • JN Bentley
  • Howdens
  • Insight Publishing
  • Hippo Digital
  • Transport for London

What our clients say

“highly skilled and competent coaches, trainers and facilitators as well as professional, responsive and committed to organisation needs.”

“Rebecca and Sue delivered a number of post graduate year long and foundation level accredited 5-day coach training and train the trainer programmes for our trust over a 3 year period. They are both highly skilled and competent coaches, trainers and facilitators as well as professional, responsive and committed to organisation needs. The deeper psychological approach (being as well as doing) to coaching that Sue and Rebecca teach and model was different to many other coaching programmes we considered which were focused purely on coaching skills. This was important in supporting our organisation to bring about positive culture change.”

—OD Lead, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University NHS Trust

“Sue has enabled a personal transformation in me through her careful questioning, use of techniques and brilliant timing which has allowed me to find a number of ‘aha’ moments.”

“Sue has been my trainer and coach on both a foundation level coaching course and inspired me to progress to the PG Certificate Executive and Business Coaching Programme. Sue is a great trainer; able to explain complex psychological concepts as well as hold a room of delegates with apparent ease. Sue brings her warmth and authenticity to individuals she works with, having the courage to share her own vulnerabilities in the interests of the delegates development. Sue has enabled a personal transformation in me through her careful questioning, use of techniques and brilliant timing which has allowed me to find a number of ‘aha’ moments.”

—Senior Pharmacist, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

“I was able to reach a position where I could move forward with confidence- as a consequence my coaching experience has left me in both a happier and more professionally rewarding place”

“I would highly recommend Rebecca as a coach. She worked with me at a significant crossroads in my career and was able to help me more fully understand the position I was in and explore the basis for making decisions about my next steps. My coaching relationship with her was one in which I felt very supported but also appropriately and intelligently challenged about the approach I was currently adopting.

Most importantly, I was able to reach a position where I could move forward with confidence- as a consequence my coaching experience has left me in both a happier and more professionally rewarding place.”

—Director, Oldham Council

Get in touch

For more information, please contact Helen Houman, Programme Manager using the form below or call on 07903 711089.

If you decide to apply, please contact us for a pre-programme questionnaire, after which we will book a one-to-one call to get you registered as a delegate.

A non-returnable deposit will be taken to secure your place on the programme.

Senior Practitioner programme

The level 7 Senior Practitioner programme can be progressed to after attending the Practitioner programme, or an individual who knows they want the higher level award can choose this pathway at the outset.

EMCC Senior Practitioner Award is an industry recognised standard of coaching excellence.