Foundations of Executive Coaching online short course


Course starts 21 June 2018

Course information

Registration Closes:
15 June 2018
Course Starts:
21 June 2018
12 weeks online
7 hours per week
ZAR R14,900 *Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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* Please note that our online course prices are subject to an increase from 1 April 2018.


Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. But 65% of employees from companies with strong business coaching cultures rate themselves as highly engaged.1

Do you want to make this kind of impact on your workplace culture by stepping into the role of executive coach?

Whether you’re looking to move into a business coaching position, already work in an executive coaching role, or work in a related field such as HR or talent management, this online business coaching course will grow your leadership abilities; enhance your knowledge of corporate culture; and help you refine the way you approach executive coaching.


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What will set you apart

After taking this executive coaching course, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Engage in professional coaching relationships, by developing your own coaching model through practical coaching sessions with a designated coaching partner
  • Impact the performance and productivity of a team, by facilitating the development of leadership skills and competencies
  • Apply for jobs in the field of executive coaching with a certificate backed by the University of Cape Town to formalise your skills

Course curriculum

This online coaching course is designed to give you the practical skills and expertise to become the best business coach. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Introduction to executive coaching
  • Course Module 2: Understanding clients, sponsors and stakeholders
  • Course Module 3: Building relationships and setting goals
  • Course Module 4: Assessment, feedback and development planning
  • Course Module 5: The importance of dialogue and storytelling
  • Course Module 6: The coaching partnership
  • Course Module 7: Coaching for leadership
  • Course Module 8: Catering for differences
  • Course Module 9: Being an internal coach
  • Course Module 10: Closure of the coaching engagement
  • Course Module 11: Professionalism and responsibility
  • Course Module 12: Putting it all together

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this executive coaching course you’ll earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

Readiness test

This Readiness Test will help you assess your preparedness for this course by asking you a few quick questions relating to time management, technological requirements, your expectations, and the subject matter level - to help you confirm that this online course is the right fit for you.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 21 June 2018.

Still have a question? These may help


    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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