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1. Who Are These Qualifications For?

Strengths Focused Leadership is an approved ILM centre, providing Coaching & Mentoring qualifications at Level 3 and Level 5 for internal and external coaches and mentors, and for managers and leaders. We provide these in-house to suit your organisations needs.


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 3 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 excellent coaching skills that are nationally-recognised
  • ILM has the UK’s widest range of leadership and management qualifications, accredited training and membership services. Over 750,000 managers have benefited from an ILM qualification or accredited training programme in the past ten years, while 35,000 managers are now members of ILM

3. How will I benefit as a coach/manager/leader?

  • A well respected 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
  • Increased confidence to coach your team
  • 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

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 qualification in coaching:

  • Level 3 Award in Coaching
  • Level 3 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring

From the Level 3 Award through to the Level 5 Diploma the requirements of the learner increase. We are happy to talk through your requirements and ensure that you pick the qualification that best suits your staff.

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 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.

For a confidential, no obligations discussion about our ILM-accredited coaching qualifications:

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