ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

16-17 September, 21-22 October 2017 & 10-11 February 2018
BBO Dance Headquarters, London, United Kingdom
With Marian Way, Martina Foreman


Are you a coach, a manager or working towards being one? Join us for our ILM Level 5 Certificate in 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.


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Marian Way

A highly skilled facilitator and trainer, Marian founded Clean Learning in 2001 has developed and delivered training across the world. She is the author of Clean Approaches for Coaches and co-author, with James Lawley, of Insights in Space....

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Martina Foreman

Martina trained with Clean Learning for her Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 5 in business coaching and mentoring qualification in 2013. She has since gone on to use this qualification to coach over 400 hours with neuro-diverse clients in the workplace....

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 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 face to face training modules of 2 days each, and additional home study work between.

On the first couple of days, 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 complete your first written assignment which is about coaching and the coaching models you have learned. 

The next couple of days 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 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 month, 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 12 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). 

Upon successful completion of the coaching, supervision and written assignments we will apply for your ILM Level 5 Certificate in 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) and 12 hours of work-based coaching.

Photo gallery

  • 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


What people say

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

"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