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Become a coaching professional

Gain an accredited coaching certification

The UCT GSB Professional Coaching Course is a transformative one-year journey designed to maximise your coaching learning and development, using proven methodology.

The course is designed by one of the leading coaching schools in the US – New Ventures West (NVW) and is run in partnership with the Centre for Coaching at the UCT Graduate School of Business and NVW. The course is also an International Coach Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach Training Programme (ACTP).

As this is an advanced one-year coaching course, candidates must have completed the pre-requisite UCT GSB’s Coaching for Development course in order to apply.


1 year modular


25 – 28 February 2020
26 – 29 May 2020
8 – 11 September 2020
2 – 5 February 2021


R138 000


On the UCT GSB Professional Coaching Course you will join a group of approximately 20 professionals who study, learn, and coach together for an entire year and quickly form a supportive learning community. The curriculum blends a rigorous course of study with hands-on practice and attention to participants' own individual development.


You will benefit highly from this course if you have completed the UCT GSB’s Coaching for Development course – which is a pre-requisite for attending the Professional Coaching Course.

The UCT GSB Professional Coaching Course is organised around four face-to-face sessions that run from Wednesday to Saturday. Days run from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm with a long afternoon break.

During the inter-modular periods, delegates complete written assignments, read books from the "Coaches Bookshelf", coach clients, and undertake their own individual development programme. As they engage in these activities, they draw upon the support of small learning groups called pods. Each pod meets and works together. Delegates are also supported by faculty, pod, phone coach and tape mentors; they also receive periodic coaching from the course leaders themselves.

Delegates need to arrange their own accommodation.

Accommodation is offered in the Breakwater Lodge, on the UCT GSB campus, at special rates. 


Craig O’Flaherty is a highly experienced Integral Coach who has worked to coach senior executives in leading organisations across the globe and to train prospective business and life coaches. He is co-Director of a centre of excellence — The Centre for Coaching — at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, as well as Director of Coaching Matters, an executive coaching practice.

He spends his time as a one-on-one coach to executives from leading organisations across the globe, with leadership teams as a group coach, as well as consulting on the design and implementation of coaching cultures, interventions and processes into their businesses. His clients include SCMB, Chevron, Anglo American, Sanlam and British American Tobacco. He delights in working across cultural, gender and other category backgrounds in assisting people towards captaincy of their fate and the exploration of roads less travelled. Craig has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Industrial Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Masters in Business Administration from Wits Business School.

Academic Director

Janine Everson is a certified Professional Integral Coach and Academic Director of the Centre for Coaching, a centre for excellence situated at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB). She also holds the position of Senior Lecturer at the GSB, lecturing in Coaching and Leadership Development to MBA and Executive Education students. She has delivered and published research papers at several academic peer-reviewed conferences, and has published book chapters and articles on the topic of coaching in leadership development. She is also co-director of both Centre for Coaching and Coaching Matters, an executive coaching practice.

Janine lectures and facilitates on all courses run by the Centre for Coaching as well as running in- house coaching workshops, Coaching Circles and leadership development interventions for blue-chip clients all over the world. She consults to organisations and teams locally and internationally on the design and implementation of coaching cultures, interventions and processes, as well as leading the implementation of such interventions.


The Professional Coaching Course can be customised to suit your organisation’s learning and development needs and can be delivered anywhere in the world, wherever it is convenient.