7. ILM qualifications in Coaching
ILM’s market-leading coaching and mentoring qualifications help organisations to create an empowered workforce. 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 Dipmloma qualification to:
- ILM Level 5 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Leadership and Management
- ILM Level 7 Certificate or Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring
8. How Much Work Is Involved For The Learner?
As mentioned, from the Level 3 Award through to the Level 5 Diploma the requirements of the learner increase. To give you some idea of the work involved here is the requirement for the Level 5 Certificate:
- Classroom training. This is 3 days, usually spread across a 3 month period.
- Coaching/mentoring practice. ILM require 12 hours of coaching practice for the Level 5 Certificate (it is 100 hours for the Level 5 Diploma). We recommend that you start your coaching hours once the first 3 days of classroom learning is completed, so that you fully prepared for the practice hours.
- Supervision and Tutorials. These 6 half-days are spread across a 6 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 your record of your coaching practice hours (12 hours), and the third is about your reflections and learning from the coaching practice, the impact your supervision, and your 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. You are allowed up to three years to complete the course, although in practice we strongly recommend that you complete the certificate within 9 months from the start of the first days training. For each assignment, ILM publish an ‘Assignment Task’, a ‘Marking Sheet’, a ‘Unit Specification’. These three documents guide you in writing the paper and structuring your work, and we will of course explain all this to you during the course.