“Mike and Kathy have produced an ILM course in an online format that provides depth and breadth of knowledge alongside supporting practical learning. Their 1-2-1 support outside of the sessions has been exemplary and I have been made to feel like I’m on a 1-2-1 course. Their approach and delivery are welcoming and encouraging with just the right amount of challenge. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to complete their ILM qualification.” Natalie Shering
“Being on this virtual ILM course has allowed me to develop my coaching skills and knowledge, whilst being able to learn about coaching within other organisations and building new relationships and networks. A definite bonus alongside a fantastic course. Didn’t want it to end.” Sarah Vokes-Tilley
“When deciding to complete ILM level 5 Coaching and Mentoring Certificate I knew that it was only with Kathy and Mike that I wanted to complete it with. Their incredible knowledge and current coaching experience in today’s business environment means that you receive the high quality theory with the realistic practical application to coach and mentor in today’s environment. A perfect balance of encouragement, discipline, and sponsorship results in you feeling totally supported to complete the programme and achieve your goal.” Helen Bessell
“The programme was thought provoking and engaging, it has challenged me in a good way. The interaction and support throughout the programme have been great.” Chloe Candlin
1. Who is this qualification for?
Strengths Focused Leadership is an approved ILM centre, providing the ILM level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching & Mentoring. This is a very respected qualification for internal and external coaches and mentors, and for managers and leaders. Until 2020, we had been offering these qualifications purely in-house to suit organisational needs. With the onset of Coronavirus we have also started delivering the qualification as an online open programme. Our first online programme began in May 2020. Due to the overwhelming success of this format we are now pleased to provide another open programme .
2. Why Get Your ILM Coaching Qualification From Us
We have been running coach training courses since 2000
We are qualified to Masters Level in Coaching. Also qualified in Coaching Supervision, and are members of the Association for Coaching
We have provided the training and technical support for 4 organisations to set-up internal coaching networks
We are published authors on the benefits of taking a strengths focused approach to leadership and coaching
You will learn and develop excellent coaching skills through online sessions that are engaging, interactive and practice-focused.
70,000 people take an ILM qualification every year – ILM is the largest provider of leadership and management qualifications in Europe. 93% of employers say their managers perform better after taking an ILM qualification – proof that providing tailored, flexible, vocational training works
3. How will I benefit as a coach/manager/leader?
A well respected nationally recognised coaching qualification
Strengthened competence in your role
A heightened ability to reflect on and review your practice as a coach/manager/leader
Increased awareness of how coaching can impact an organisation
A detailed assessment of your own skills, behaviours and knowledge as a coach
Evidence of your own development as a coach through the qualification
Know how to use coaching skills effectively to draw the best out of your team
For internal coaches, increase your credibility with potential coachees
Improve your CV
Have a plan for your further development, and an enhanced CV
4. How will my organisation benefit?
Increased confidence in the internal coaches/managers/leaders being properly equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethical understanding they need
Further steps in developing a coaching culture in your organisation
An increased organisational capacity to support and increase employee development, engagement, and performance
5. What are the qualifications in Coaching & Mentoring?
We currently provide 4 different qualifications in coaching:
Level 3 Award in Effective Coaching
Level 3 Certificate in Effective Coaching
Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring
Level 5 Diploma in Effective Coaching and Mentoring
6. 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.
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 Diploma qualification to:
ILM Level 5 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Leadership and Management
ILM Level 7 Certificate or Diploma for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors
ILM Level 7 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Leadership and Management
8. 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:
Virtual Workshops. The programme will consist of 16 ‘live’ group workshops facilitated by Mike Roarty & Kathy Toogood, which will last around two hours.
Coaching/mentoring practice. ILM require 18 hours of coaching practice for the Level 5 Certificate. You begin these coaching hours after the classroom training is completed, so that you are fully prepared for the practice hours.
Supervision and Tutorials.These are spread across a 3-4 month period, while coaches are completing their coaching hours and are doing the work of their written assignments, described below.
Written work-based assessments.ILM require three written assessments. The first of these is around the knowledge and theory related to coaching and mentoring, which has a guide word count of 4000-5,500 words. The second is the record of coaching practice hours (18 hours), and the third is the coach’s reflections and learning from the coaching practice, the impact of supervision, and the individual’s development as a coach.
Participants are allowed up to three years to complete the course, although in practice we strongly recommend that people complete the certificate within 9-18 months from the start of the programme. With a rough expectation of 160 hours spread across the workshops, coaching hours and assignments, across a 9-month period, as a guide, participants will probably be spending 3-4 hours a week on average in completing the qualification. This figure obviously reduces if the learner spreads it over a longer period.
ILM publish detailed guidance on how each assignment will be assessed. This helps participants in writing their assignments and structuring their work, and we will of course explain all this during the programme.
Dates and Costs
Our next programme begins on 25th January 2021. The virtual workshops will run 3-5pm and the dates for these are:
January 2021: 25.
February 2021: 1, 15.
March 2021: 1, 8, 22.
April 2021: 12, 19, 26.
May 2021: 10, 17, 24.
June 2021: 7, 21, 28.
July 2021: 5.
Price: The programme fee is £1600 plus VAT. To this fee is added ILM’s registration charge and the assessment fee for marking the assignments. These two elements total £409 plus VAT. Payments can be made in 12 monthly instalments.
We are also currently offering a 10% discount on the programme fee (a reduction of £160) for anyone working in health or social care.
If you bring another colleague to the programme you and they gain a 10% discount on the programme fee.
SPECIAL XMAS 2020 OFFER: If you sign up before 24th December 2020 you gain a 10% reduction on the programme fee
To discuss your options for joining our programme on the 25th January 2021: