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Our next Virtual Open Programme begins 20th September 2022

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Here’s what our recent learners said:

“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 our third 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

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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 with an introductory session on the 20th September 2022. Then the virtual workshops will run 10am-12pm and the dates for these are:

    September 2022: 27.

    October 2022: 11, 25.

    November 2022: 8, 22.

    December 2022: 6, 13.

    January 2023: 10, 24.

    February 2023: 7, 21. 

    March 2023: 7, 21. 

    April 2023: 4, 18. 

    Price: The programme fee is £1650 plus VAT. To this fee is added ILM’s registration charge and the assessment fee for marking the assignments. These two elements total £420 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 £165) 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.

    To discuss your options for joining our programme on the 20th September 2022:

    Contact Us.

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