ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring


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ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring

A well-established and popular coaching and mentoring qualification which has been popular within organisations for many years.  This programme of studies is a Professional Tutor Supported Distance Learning Programme which includes:

  • Distance Learning (online videos and learning material)
  • Live Online Workshops
  • Personal Study (selected textbooks – sent directly to your Kindle reader)
  • One to One Tutor Support and Supervision

When Can I Start?

In order to increase access and flexibility of entry onto our ILM qualifications we have no set enrolment dates, you can start your studies at any time, once registered you will have access to all the online study content, your personal tutor is assigned and they will update you on the LIVE workshop schedule that runs continually through out the academic year.

The online material comprises of various videos, qualification guidance PDF downloads, etc.  The core online study content is available at all times, once you are registered, you can begin your course straight away. The comprehensive material that you will have access to will give you all the core coach training you need to successfully complete your qualification.   This recorded material is supported and supplemented with a series of LIVE Online workshops and group tutor sessions.

Live Online Workshops

The live online workshops are focused on a mix of coaching approaches and exploration of different coaching models, the live online group tutor sessions are a great opportunity to ask questions, practice different coaching models and engage in co-coaching activity etc.  Your personal qualification tutor will guide you through all the options available and suggest the best cluster of workshops for you to ensure you get the very best out of the training experience.

An example of the LIVE Online workshops include:

  • The structure of Coaching, Session Contracting, Exploring Core Coaching Competencies
  • WHAT, the GROW Model and the OSKAR Model.
  • The Meta Model, The Power Of Questions
  • Exploring Advanced Coaching Models, OSCAR, APROCESS and Logical Levels of Change.
  • Appreciative Inquiry as a Coaching Model
  • The ACHIEVE® Coaching Model

You will also be invited to attend our regular Co-Coaching event, supervision events and our comprehensive CPD schedule of developmental events.

Professional Memberships 

Once registered, you will be able given a full year’s Student Membership of the Association For Coaching. Once you successfully complete your qualification, you can upgrade to Full Membership with a discount of 15%

The Association for Coaching (AC) is the leading UK independent, and not-for-profit professional body dedicated to promoting best practice and raising the awareness and standards of coaching, both in the UK and worldwide.

The Association for Coaching (AC) was established in 2002 and is a leading independent and not-for- profit professional body dedicated to promoting best practice and raising awareness and standards of coaching worldwide.  As an inclusive body, with members in over 80 countries, it is made up of professional coaches, academic institutions, trainers and providers of coaching, as well as sponsors of coaching from the third sector through to large corporates, building coaching cultures.

Additionally, all ILM students can take advantage of a full 6-month Studying Membership of the Institute of Leadership & Management.  The Institute of Leadership & Management is a professional membership body for leaders and managers. Its stated mission is to inspire great leadership – everywhere.

Who is this Qualification For? 

The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring is a highly respected qualification that gives practising and aspiring managers and consultants the opportunity to develop in their role as a coach or mentor.

Its ideal for anyone considering a role as a performance coach within an organisational context or looking to become a business coach working with business leaders and managers to improve performance. The aim of this programme is to develop the capability to coach using established coaching frameworks.

The course will allow participants to gain confidence and the ability to support others in their professional development and personal growth.

Enrolling on this ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring training programme will help you gain a detailed understanding of the coaching role, the knowledge and skills required to implement a programme of coaching or mentoring for individual clients and the opportunity to put this into practice whilst receiving expert one to one tutor support which includes, guidance, personal coaching and supervision.

The UK College of Personal Development is an Award-Winning ILM Approved Centre and an Organisational Member of the Association For Coaching.

Our Award-Winning coach training programme workshops are highly participative, using facilitated discussion, detailed and informative presentations, coaching practices and feedback. The workshops promote reflection and improvement and encourage delegates to find opportunities to apply their learning in the workplace.

Delegates are supported with action learning based coaching sessions and will complete three work-based learning assignments, which once they are assessed and verified delegates achieve their qualification.

ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring Structure:

Credit Value:  16 Credits
Duration: Up to Two Years
Study Methodology: Tutor Supported – Online Training & Live online Workshops
Tutor Support: Supervision / Peer Review / Co-Coaching Forum
Assessment Criteria: Three written assignments:

  • 1. Understanding the Skills, Principles and Practice of Effective Coaching and Mentoring within an
    Organisational Context (8588-500)
  • 2. Undertaking Effective Coaching or Mentoring (minimum 18 hours) within an Organisational Context (8588-501)
  • 3. Reviewing Own Ability as a Coach or Mentor within an Organisational Context (8588-503)

Entry Requirements: Participants will normally be practising managers or consultants with a coaching or mentoring role and the opportunity to meet the assessment demands. Please feel free to contact us at any time for additional information: 01793 511180 /

Benefits for business coaches, consultants and trainers

  • Improve your effectiveness as a coach
  • Win more business because you have a nationally recognised qualification and even greater skills
  • Improve your confidence and credibility as a coach
  • Learn how to coach someone effectively in a session lasting just a few minutes

Benefits for managers and senior managers

  • Improve your confidence to coach your team
  • Learn coaching skills to draw the best out of your team
  • Learn how to coach colleagues from other areas of your organisation even if you don’t know anything about their specific situation
  • Enhance your career development prospects
  • Learn how to coach colleagues effectively in a session lasting just a few minutes

Textbooks Supplied: (textbooks will be sent directly to your Kindle reader)

  • Coaching for Performance: – The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership ~ Sir John Whitmore
  • The Mentoring Manual ~ Julie Starr

Discounted European Mentoring and Coaching Council UK (EMCC UK)

EMCC UK LogoAll our ILM coaching and mentoring students can take up the offer of a 25% discount for membership of the EMCC UK.  The EMCC UK is a professional membership organisation which encourages excellence and progression for mentors, coaches and supervisors.  The

EMCC UK aims to develop, promote and set the expectation of best practice in mentoring, coaching and supervision around the world. People who have completed an ILM coaching qualification will have the opportunity to build a network with other coaches and mentors by joining regional and special interest groups, or through volunteering opportunities.

Documents that you will download include: 

  • Reflective Learning Log
  • Coaching Diary Template
  • Student Handbook

New Feature: Digital Library of Academic Articles Focusing on Coaching & Mentoring

Students that successfully complete this ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring course will be eligible to join the Association For Coaching, which is the professional body for coaching in the UK.

Coaching Supervision

The UK College of Personal Development is committed to sustaining and advancing the very best coaching practice. Our aim as a professional training organisation is to fully support all our students that are completing our range of accredited coach training programmes.  As set out by the professional body, supervision is regarded as essential for all developing and practising professional coaches.

What is Coaching Supervision?

Coaching supervision is a formal and protected time for facilitating in-depth reflection for coaches to discuss their work with someone who is experienced as a Coach.

Supervision offers a confidential framework within a collaborative working relationship in which the practice, tasks, process and challenges of the development of the coach and the actual coaching work can be explored.

The primary aim of supervision is to enable the coach to gain in ethical competency, confidence and creativity so as to ensure the best possible service to the coaching client. Supervision is not a ‘policing’ role, but rather a trusting and collegial professional relationship.

These sessions will be held at regular intervals so no matter where you are in your studies, there will be opportunities for you to join the sessions.  Once you will be included in the supervision event invitations.

The good news is that the process of support and development for our students will not end when they qualify and leave the training programme, we will continue to offer additional opportunities for professional CPD and Supervision, both with the group or one to one to all via our new Professional Support Service programme.

Blended Learning Option: Online Training & Live Workshops delivered online.

Course Lessons

Lesson One – part one

Course overview: Tutor contact etc.  Definitions of coaching and mentoring, models workplace practice, etc. Professional Bodies.  Business benefits from coaching.  What coaching is not (therapy, training etc). The Coaching Process

Lesson One – part two

The structure of coaching, coaching competencies and how they fit into the overall coaching structure.

Lesson Two – part one

The Coaching Took Box, Coaching model GROW and questions, WHAT and why.

Lesson Two – part two

More coaching models, a tale of two Oscars

Lesson Two – part three

Further coaching model exploration, APROCESS, the model foie getting real lasting change.

Lesson Three

Exploring models for learning and development

Lesson Four

SWOT Analysis as a coaching model, how not to coach and the Spiral of Success.

Digital Library of Academic Articles Focusing on Coaching & Mentoring

This is the starting page for our new Digital Library, it contains a growing list of published academic articles focusing on Coaching & Mentoring. Publications, Papers and Reports are from a range of sources.