ILM level 5 certificate in coaching and mentoring

The practical, credible coaching qualification for people who hold leadership positions
but have had little training in coaching

There is a great expectation that, employed or self-employed, people use a coaching approach to how they work. That is easier said than done. Often people report that the only coaching training they have received is the “off you go, just practice your coaching” approach.

There is an alternative.

With a credible coaching qualification, you can:

  • Turn your informal coaching skills into something tangible, and become qualified
  • Hold powerful, supportive and challenging coaching conversations with colleagues
  • Access coaching skills and use them as a key leadership approach

Coaches who undertake ILM qualifications get good career progression opportunities, get onto “approved coach” lists, build sustainable coaching client lists. They do this, and you will be able to as well.

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Levels of these qualifications are set by the national body Ofqual. Level 5 means that the level this qualification is aimed at is equivalent to an undergraduate degree. It doesn’t mean that you’ll have to write as much as in a degree! But the level that the course material, and the assignments, are pitched at are the same as a degree

In many ways the two types of courses are similar. In both you’ll learn the skills and processes to be able to coach well. The main two differences are

  • you have to complete coursework to pass your ILM qualification
  • you have to pass an assessment of your coaching to show you are coaching at this level

Clients who book you to coach them can be reassured that you have gone through a rigorous process and have got yourself to a good level of coaching.

This course is highly practical, with plenty of opportunities to practice coaching skills and have coaching conversations. Key features of the courses include:

  • 2 x 2 day training sessions, plus an assessment day, with a month between each set of training days
  • Small group sizes (max 10 people)
  • Regular practice and feedback sessions during the training days
  • Comprehensive resources to help you through the qualification
  • Support between sessions, and right up until the time that you pass the qualification

Individual focus on the learner, with the course tailored to the needs of each group

Clearly, the first and most important thing you’ll get is a qualification, backed up with the skills and experience of having learnt to be a recognised, credible coach

And there are other benefits, including

  • Not getting caught in the “should I coach or should I mentor” trap
  • Be able to structure long term coaching engagements, not just one off sessions

Be a reflective practitioner, and be able to continually develop as a coach

  in executive coaching and mentoring
Course length 8 x ½ day webinars, spread over 2 months, plus 2 further webinars for assessments 
Qualification requirements Coaching assessment

1 x 3000-word essay: understanding coaching and mentoring

12 hours coaching practice and reflection

1 x 1500-word diary – reflections on your coaching skills

Home study requirements Up to 80 hours

Good question! It’s a bit of a minefield, and one we’ve given lots of thought to before deciding the ILM is the qualification to offer. Read our blog on this topic for more details

You can do one of three things:

Ask to be put in touch with someone who has completed the course and who will share their experience of it

What’s next after I take the level 5 qualification?

We offer three options to take your coaching further:


The sustainable coach

To help you turn your coaching skills into a profitable business


Embed coaching in your

To maximise the impact of your coaching skills by creating a coaching culture in your organisation


Fast track to ILM level 7 in
executive coaching and mentoring

You will be a long way towards Level 7 stage when you have completed the Level 5, so we can discuss on an individual basis what will be the best approach for you

Where can I find more information?

You can do one of four things:


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