ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring

Are you a coach, a manager or working towards being one? Join us for our ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring. Learn foundational clean coaching methodologies, and other robust coaching tools, to inspire capability in others and coach them for success. Gain a coaching qualification recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management, who are the UK’s largest management body and who set the standard for industry-recognised, accredited leadership and management qualifications. Clean coaching is a person-centred approach.

Who's it for?

  • Coaches who want to polish their skills in clean coaching 
  • People who want to create coaching cultures in their teams and workplaces
  • First Line Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Middle Managers
  • Senior Managers
  • Mentors
  • Whole Teams

What will I gain?

  • A critical understanding of the role and responsibilities of a workplace coach and mentor
  • A deeper understanding of how coaching and mentoring can impact an organisation
  • The ability to assess your own skills, behaviours and knowledge as a coach and mentor
  • The skills you need to run coaching and mentoring sessions based on Clean Language and other methodologies 
  • Your own personal and professional development
  • The ability to plan, deliver and review coaching and mentoring in an organisation
  • ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring, which you can use as evidence of your own development as a coach and mentor

What's involved?

This course consists of 3 training modules of 2 days each (total of 42 contact teaching hours), and additional home study work between. There will also be 4 x 1-hour webinars.

The course starts with a 1-hour webinar to introduce you to the course, fellow participants and the ILM. This will take place a few weeks before the first 2-day module.

During the first 2-day module, you will learn about coaching, what it is, and some coaching tools and models including: Clean Set Up; the Drama Triangle; clean questions; the Triune Brain model; and the 'problem, remedy, outcome' (P.R.O.) model. You will also be training your attention to notice your own patterns and those of others in the group, gaining awareness of how we all experience the world in a different way. You will create Developmental Tasks for yourself and others based on the feedback you receive when taking part in coaching practice. You will learn various ways the models we teach can fit together to form effective coaching sessions. We will also take you through the admin involved in the ILM certification process.

Following these initial days, you will start your coaching practice and will take part in peer group supervision with your fellow participants. You will also attend the second webinar which is all about the first written assignment. You will be expected to write the first draft of that assignment - which is about the theory of coaching and coaching models - before module 2.

The second module is about considering your own strengths and weaknesses as a coach, based on the evidence so far. You will also learn how to use clean questions to elicit models for learning at your best, managing time, making good decisions, and controlling your state. These activities will improve your own self awareness as well as adding to your repertoire of coaching tools and ideas. There will also be continued practice of the skills from the outset.

Your coaching and peer group supervision will continue between each month's two day sessions and you will also attend a third webinar and complete a second written assignment about your strengths and weaknesses as a coach. Each group will also research an additional coaching model and will come prepared to share this with the whole group.

In the final module, as well as continued practice in the skills you have already learned, and the presentations of different coaching models, we will discuss how to put your skills into practice in the workplace, and what are some of the values and beliefs you hold as a coach. This will help you with the third assignment, which requires you to demonstrate your ability to plan, deliver and review at least 18 hours of coaching / mentoring in your own workplace (if you're a manager) or with business clients (if you're a freelance coach, or training to be one). There will be a forth webinar about this after the last module.

Upon successful completion of the coaching, supervision and written assignments we will apply for your ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring. This qualification is the academic equivalent of completing a Foundation Degree, 2 years of a regular degree or an HND qualification.

The written assignments are 3,500 to 5,000 words each, and you will also be expected to read Clean Approaches for Coaches (Marian Way) and Coaching Skills For Leaders in the Workplace (Jackie Arnold), and to watch Caitlin Walker's Clean Language and Systemic Modelling DVDAs well as the 6 days of live training, you will also practice and develop your skills through 15 hours of peer group practice (online or in person), 18 hours of work-based coaching, 1 hour of supervision and a reflective journal. You will also need to be able to develop a plan for your future professional development in coaching or mentoring with an in-depth SWOT analysis and a 12-month personal development plan, including monitoring and evaluating your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

If you wish, you can study for the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Effective Coaching and Mentoring instead. This consists of 42 contact teaching hours, 15 hours of peer-group coaching, 54 hours of work-based coaching and 7 hours one-to-one supervision.

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  • ILM Group
  • ILM Group with Stuart Clark
  • ILM Stuart Clark teaching the group
  • Stuart Clark
  • Stuart and Sue - ILM Trainers
  • ILM London 2014
  • Participants on our ILM course - 2014

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What participants say

"The ILM Level 5 in Effective Coaching & Mentoring has fantastic Clean Language structure and material content. It has helped me to facilitate highly effective personal coaching sessions."
Martine Scannell Coach

"An absolute must for anyone wanting to improve their coaching and communication skills. Clean Learning’s approach to the course is great and you can take new, easily adaptable skills to both your workplace and personal life."
Kim Koskinen

"This course went way beyond what I expected. I had an amazing experience. I was visible and I was listened to and I think that is very hard to achieve in any training. I felt really supported and safe. I now use the skills in large public sector organisations, in focus groups, in networking, in managing conflict, designing interviews and in career work I do in schools."
Victoria Wilken Business Psychologist

"The ILM Level 5 course in Effective Coaching and Mentoring is a practical and thorough introduction to putting Clean Language to work in a precise and purposeful way. Over 3 weekends we learned how to use apparently simple tools to build emergent models of.a clients space, develop clear outcomes, resolve drama and work with Clean Feedback and Developmental Tasks. This course taught skills that cannot be learned from reading Clean Language books. Progress in online study groups between the taught sessions showed both how far my learning had progressed and provided the content for the assignments. "
Mike Haber Digital Information Model Developer

Upcoming events

ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching and Mentoring Online

All-day Workshops: 23-24 Nov 2020, 25-26 Jan, 22-23 Mar 2021; Webinars: 2 Nov, 7 Dec 2020, 8 Feb, 12 Apr 2021
With Alison Blackler, Cheryl Winter, Caitlin Walker, Marian Way

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