Executive Report 2017 – The State of Play in European Coaching & Mentoring: Continuous Professional Development

Jonathan Passmore, Hazel Brown, Zoltan Csigas et al

We’d love to share with you some of the finding from the research commissioned by EMCC and undertaken by a team of researchers in 50 countries across Europe.

Passmore, J, Brown, H, Csigas, Z & the European Coaching and Mentoring Research Consortium (2017) The State of Play in European Coaching & Mentoring – Executive Report. Henley-on-Thames: Henley Business School and EMCC International ISBN 978-1-912473-00-7

What is continuous professional development?

Continuous professional development (CPD) is widely regarded as an essential element of professional practice. CPD may be defined as:

A learning process employed by professionals to ensure that their standards and competencies are maintained and enhanced over time.

Professionals need to keep up to date with changes in legislation, research and new ideas within their area of practice. CPD can be achieved in a variety of ways through reading books and professional magazines, attending workshops and conferences that provide new knowledge, or through reflecting on practice and identifying the learning from these experiences (1).

The coaches in this section responded to questions about CPD. They felt that CPD for coaches should typically involve 16-30 hours per annum, with reading forming the most popular activity, including books and research articles, followed by attending conferences and networking.

Investment of time in CPD (per annum)

Keeping up to date


(1) Passmore, J (2011) Supervision in Coaching: Supervision, Ethics and Continuous Professional Development. London: Kogan Page