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ILM Level 5 Qualifications in Business Coaching and Mentoring

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Based on our extensive work and experience with leaders, both in the private and public sectors, this ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring programme has been designed to develop the capability of leaders to positively impact the performance of individuals and teams. We are experts at unlocking peak performance.

Coaching and mentoring improves relationships, performance and engagement. This programme has been created to sharpen a leader's skills - enabling them to balance control, commitment and empowerment through productive conversations with individuals and teams.

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Who is it for?

In-House Management Training Programmes

Business coaching is the skill to have in today's rapidly changing business climate. People and team development through business coaching is fast, efficient and cost effective, and will get you measurable results.

The ILM Level 5 Qualifications in Business Coaching and Mentoring are highly accessible and have been designed for all tiers of director, management and supervisory level, or indeed anyone involved in people development.

With a business-relevant, tried-and-tested approach, we encourage participants to bring live business issues and case histories with them on the course.


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Upon completion of this programme all attendees will receive the 'ILM Endorsed Programme in Business Coaching & Mentoring' certificate. Participants will also be eligible to receive ILM letters after their name; either AMInstLM (Affiliate/Associate Member Institute Leadership & Management) or MInstLM (Member Institute Leadership & Management).

As with all ILM Accredited Programmes, participants will need to complete the post-programme activity in order to achieve their full 'ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring in Management' certificate. These elements have been designed in order to show to the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) that you are able to put the skills and techniques learned on the programme into practice. We provide full support and guidance in completing these final elements.

Required Activities


We ask you to come prepared with issues which you are currently experiencing that you would be happy to discuss and be coached on. We also send out a short document containing questions and exercises which will help our coaches understand you better and work with you in order to receive the best training.


To achieve this ILM qualification, participants will have to complete the following post-course activities:

3 x work-based assignments need to be completed within 1 year from attendance and registration. Embedded in the assignments, the Certificate will require delegates to complete 12 hours of coaching or mentoring activity with one or more clients. The Diploma will require delegates to complete 100 hours of coaching or mentoring with three or more clients.

Tutor guided learning will take on the format of book and video reviews with ongoing tutor guidance and support via phone, Skype or face-to-face.

Optional: Self-initiated 2 x 45 min executive coaching sessions per delegate to offer a coaching best practice view.

Course Material

Each participant will be issued with a workbook to assist them both during and after the course, which will contain information, guidance and forms to assist with the coaching sessions. Participants will also complete a Paradigm psychometric report and receive a year's membership with the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

Also Consider...

Advanced Coaching Certificate
BLF Advanced Business Coaching Certificate

Our Advanced Coaching Certificate is comprised of the same course syllabus as the ILM Level 5 Business Coaching courses, but without the additional work, time and expense that is required to achieve an ILM accredited qualification. It is therefore an ideal option for those delegates who do not require an ILM accredited coaching qualification.

As this course is accredited by ourselves, it can easily be tailored and modified to suit your industry and specific requirements when run as an in-house programme.

We currently run this qualification as an open course at our Nottingham, London, Manchester and Reading training venues. To find out more information and to see the scheduled dates for the Advanced Coaching Certificate course, please click on the button below.

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What is the difference between the ILM Level 5 Certificate and the Diploma?

The only difference between the ILM Level 5 Diploma and the ILM Level 5 Certificate Qualifications in Business Coaching and Mentoring is that those wishing to achieve the Diploma will be required to complete 100 hours of additional post-course coaching in addition to the work required for the Certificate. The Business Learning Foundation offers full support and guidance in completing these final elements.

This is why the course dates are the same for both the Certificate and Diploma, as delegates attend the same course whichever qualification they are working towards.

ILM Level 5 Diploma

For the Diploma, you will need to demonstrate your ability to plan, deliver and review at least 100 hours of coaching and mentoring, with an added focus on assessing your work against best practise standards and benchmarks.

ILM Level 5 Certificate

For the Certificate, you will need to demonstrate your ability to plan, deliver and review at least 20 hours of coaching and mentoring.