5. ILM qualifications
ILM is the UK’s leading provider of leadership, coaching and management qualifications and training. More managers in the UK take qualifications from ILM than anywhere else and employers recognise the value of ILM training and the high quality assessments that are part of the qualification. ILM’s qualifications are a proven route to developing management skills, and growing your knowledge and capability. All ILM business coaching qualifications are vocational, which means that we focus on the practical application of skills in the workplace. All the assessments are designed to demonstrate the positive impact coaching skills can have.
For those interested in progressing further, there is a progression route from the Level 5 Certificate qualification to:
- ILM Level 5 Diploma in Coaching & Mentoring
- ILM Level 5 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Leadership and Management
- ILM Level 7 Certificate or Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring
6. How much work is involved for the learner?
To give you some idea of the work involved, here is the
requirement for the Level 5 Certificate:
- Classroom training. This is 6 days, spread across a 7-month period.
- Coaching/mentoring practice. ILM require 12 hours of coaching practice for the Level 5 Certificate. We recommend that participants start their coaching hours once the first 4 days of classroom learning is completed, so that they are fully prepared for the practice hours.
- Supervision and Tutorials. These happen in Day 5, in the teleconference between Day 5 and 6, and finally in Day 6 itself. They are spread across a 3-month period, while coaches are completing their coaching hours and are doing the work of their written assignments, described below.
- Written work-based assignments. ILM require three written assignments. The first of these is around the theory of coaching and mentoring. The second is the record of coaching practice hours (12 hours), and the third is about reflections and learning from the coaching practice, the impact of supervision, and the individual’s development as a coach.
The guide word-count is from 2,500 words to 5000 words, depending on the assignment, though this is only a guideline.
The ILM qualification registration lasts for 3 years, although in practice we strongly recommend that people complete the certificate within 9 months from the start of the first day’s training. Across a 9-month period, as a guide, participants will probably be spending 2-3 hours a week on average in completing the qualification.
For each assignment, ILM publish an ‘Assignment Task’, a ‘Marking Sheet’, a ‘Unit Specification’. These three documents guide participants in writing the paper and structuring their work, and we will of course explain all this during the programme.