ILM Level 7 Qualifications in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

"Overall I feel this experience will absolutely enhance my performance as a business coach. I love it when you come away from a development programme with lots of practical tips that can be applied in the workplace immediately; can see real return on investment. Well facilitated, informal, interesting with plenty of healthy discussions."

Coaching & Development Manager - Avon Cosmetics

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This course enables participants to develop their understanding of this level of coaching and mentoring, to explore the underpinning psychological theories of coaching and to practise and apply their skills within a non-directive, non-judgemental framework. At the Business Coaching Foundation, we use a powerful blend of coaching concepts and practical skills-based development to support the enhancement of executive coaching and leadership mentoring skills in an organisation.

We deliver the programme in an upbeat and highly interactive manner with a focus on skills practice, as well as individual and group exercises. This allows delegates the opportunity to develop their skills with the support of the course tutor. Our learning & development consultants are qualified and experienced coaching professionals with a background in executive coaching and 1-2-1 coaching, as well as business and life coaching.

Who is it for?

The ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring is designed for senior leaders/managers (or those working in a training and development role) who are regularly coaching or mentoring at a senior level. Executive coaches who wish to accredit, validate or enhance their skills with an internationally-recognised executive coaching qualification.

Scheduled Dates

The dates for the Diploma and the Certificate courses are the same (the difference between the two is the amount of post-course activity required). For more about this, please see below.

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

There are three mandatory units in this qualification, which you can take as either a Certificate or a Diploma level. The first unit, "Understanding the Context of Coaching and Mentoring in a Strategic Business Environment" aims to enable you to critically review the role and contribution of coaching and mentoring at a senior level. The second unit, "Reviewing Own Ability as a Management Coach or Mentor" will give you the tools and techniques to review and improve your own practise, and understand how the client's organisation culture and structure affects the coaching and mentoring relationship.

For the Certificate, the third unit requires you demonstrate your ability to plan, deliver and review at least 20 hours of coaching and mentoring in your workplace. For the Diploma, that is extended to 100 hours of coaching and mentoring, and there is an added focus on assessing your work against best practise standards and benchmarks.

What Will I Learn?

The qualification is made up of three mandatory units which enable participants to develop their understanding of this level of coaching and mentoring, and to develop the coaching skills necessary to assist their clients.

In the first mandatory unit, participants critically review their own ability to perform effectively as a leadership mentor or executive coach, and engage in peer mentoring to seek feedback and advice on individual performance. In the second unit, participants critically review the role and contribution of coaching and mentoring to individuals and organisations. During the final mandatory unit participants plan, deliver and review at least 12 hours or leadership mentoring or executive coaching.

By the end of the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring programme, participants will be able to:

i)   Understand the theories of coaching and mentoring, as well as evaluate the contribution of leadership mentoring and executive coaching in developing leadership performance

ii)   Critically review the necessary conditions for leadership mentoring and executive coaching to develop effective leadership practice

iii)   Critically review their own abilities to perform effectively as a leadership mentor or executive coach

iv)   Understand how the client's personal characteristics and organisational context affects their own performance as a leadership mentor or executive coach

v)   Agree a contract for leadership mentoring or executive coaching

vi)   Use peer mentoring and reflective learning to develop as an effective leadership mentor or executive coach, and review own leadership mentoring or executive coaching practice to inform own development


This is a fully accredited course certified by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Upon successful completion of this programme, all attendees will receive the 'ILM Endorsed Programme in Business Coaching and Mentoring in Management' 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 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring certificate. These elements have been designed in order to show to the ILM that you are able to put the skills and techniques learned on the programme into practice. We offer full support and guidance in completing these final elements.

Course Content
Module 1
Evaluating self as an executive coach and mentor

1.1)   Your own coaching and mentoring personal brand profile evaluated

1.2)   Effects of personal characteristics within the business environment updated (exploring Emotional Intelligence, Paradigm MQ, Paradigm FitIn, 360 assessments and interview etc.)

1.3)   Ethics explored within coaching, mentoring and business

Module 2
Communicating and Influencing Business Impact for Coaching and Mentoring Explored

2.1)   Effective expectation management and communicating model introduced

2.2)   Influencing sphere and currency explored

2.3)   Influencing tips and techniques for coaching and mentoring applied

2.4)   Introducing neuroscience for executive coaching and mentoring

Module 3
Executive coaching and mentoring within the business landscape

3.1)   Exploring coaching, mentoring and business policies & procedures

3.2)   Leadership strategic thinking unpacked (leadership skills, change management, team development, understanding perspective)

3.3)   The nature, purpose and impact of coaching and mentoring in business

3.4)   Codes of combined practice within coaching, mentoring and your business defined

Module 4
Initiating and nurturing effective coaching and mentoring relationships

4.1)   Contracting with Stakeholders and Clients

4.2)   Creating your own internal Coaching and Mentoring Pool

4.3)   Create your own Definition for Coaching and Mentoring for your business

4.4)   Introducing Coaching and Mentoring Supervision

Module 5
Your coaching and mentoring practice customised

5.1)   Deepen your questioning and exploration technique (anchor)

5.2)   Shifting your thinking to coach and mentor more effectively

5.3)   Plan, review and adapt your own coaching and mentoring practice

Module 6
Post Programme Refresher and Application

6.1)   Coaching and mentoring employees and becoming a leadership coach

6.2)   Coaching and mentoring for your practice, supervision explored

6.3)   Represent the current state of your coaching and mentoring practice at a strategic level

6.4)   Individual coaching and mentoring at a strategic level, your objectives refined, including next steps, accountability and implementation

Pre-Course Activity

As part of the investment you're making by signing up to this course, we're inviting you to complete our Paradigm FiT In™ psychometric. Paradigm is based on 100 years of psychological research. The Paradigm assessment reports were developed, tested, refined and validated over an extensive period. This will provide, what we believe, to be the most practical and purpose built psychometric report available in the market today.

Post-Course Activity

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 20 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, email or face-to-face where possible.

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 contains information, guidance and forms to assist with coaching sessions. Participants will also complete a Paradigm psychometric report and receive a six month membership with the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

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