Training

Qualifications

There’s no shortage of coaching qualifications on offer today, so which one should you choose?

If you don’t have the time or money to go down the academic route, then we recommend that you invest in the most widely recognised qualification:

  • Internationally, that would be the International Coach Federation’s ACC (Associate Certified Coach) credential – recognised in any coaching community worldwide, supported by a membership community of more than 30,000 and based on a very ethical approach to coaching.
  • Within the UK, the ILM qualifications have the strongest brand-name recognition.

Which one’s right for you? It’s a bit of a generalisation, but those who see coaching as a primary function tend to go for ICF (especially if they envisage a freelance future), whereas those in primarily management roles tend to go for ILM. We’ve done a table, here, to help you decide. Or you can give us a call to talk it through.

But why compromise? Do both! Uniquely, we offer a ‘top-up’ option whereby you can do the ICF programme with us and then do the assignments to get the ILM Level 7 qualification without having to do another course.

ICF – at a glance

Available on an in-house basis or as an open programme.

For the open programme, we run two cohorts a year, in central London, giving you:

  • Four two-day classroom modules
  • Two ½-day group coach mentoring sessions (webinar)
  • Three one-hour one-to-one coach mentoring sessions (Zoom)

Delivery options are flexible for the in-house version but you still get the essential 60 hours of coach-specific training and 10 hours of coach mentoring. While on the programme, you also need to do a minimum of 12 hours coaching with at least two volunteer clients.

On completion of the programme, you need to have 100 coaching hours ‘under your belt’ before you apply for your ICF credential. We support you through the application process.

Top-up

Our programme, delivered by Rosanne Bernard, prepares you for the ICF Associate Certified Coach credential. But we also offer ILM coaching qualifications, in partnership with Charlie Warshawski of Love Your Coaching, an approved ILM centre. This means that we can offer participants in Rosanne’s programme the opportunity to have a separate assessment with Charlie and thereby achieve the ILM Level 7 qualification in Coaching and Mentoring without having to have any extra training days. We are the only provider offering this opportunity.

This is an accreditation-only pathway for the ILM qualification, only open to people who have been on Rosanne’s programme. The benchmark is that you are already coaching to a good enough standard to pass the ILM programme. This means that Love Your Coaching won’t be assessing your coaching level, as they are confident in our rigorous process. You simply have to complete three assignments – an essay, a coaching log and a reflective piece on your coaching skills – to secure the nationally recognised ILM qualification while you carry on building up your hours for your ICF credential.

And the cost of the ILM Level 7 qualification when done this way? An additional £795 plus the ILM candidate fee (currently £183, which we administer on your behalf) plus VAT. You can sign up for the ILM ‘top-up’ at any stage – when you book on the ICF programme or within 6 months of completing it.

ILM Level 5 – at a glance

Available on an in-house basis or as an open programme.

Held on an open basis in London, the programme features:

  • Two 2-day training modules, 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

Qualification requirements:

  • Coaching assessment
  • A 3,000-word essay – understanding coaching and mentoring
  • 12 hours’ coaching practice and reflection
  • A 1,500-word diary – reflections on your coaching skills

ILM Level 7 – at a glance

Available on an in-house basis or as an open programme.

Held on an open basis twice a year in London, the programme features:

  • Three 2-day training modules, with a month between each block of 2 days
  • Small group sizes (max 8 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

Qualification requirements:

  • Coaching assessment
  • A 5,000-word essay – coaching in a strategic context
  • 20 hours’ coaching practice and reflection
  • A 2,000-word diary – reflections on your coaching skills

CPD and advanced coaching skills training – for internal coaches

More and more organisations have developed a level of internal coaching capability.

So more and more of them are having to think about how best to keep their internal coaches up to the mark.

If you’re grappling with this issue too, then we can help.

For a team of ICF-credentialled coaches, for example, we can design and deliver approved training which meets the ICF requirements for ‘Continuing Coach Education’. Sessions can be delivered as classroom-based programmes or as virtual workshops. Here are ‘some we prepared earlier’:

Other topics could include:

  • Alignment with ICF competencies
  • Exploring issues
  • Working with psychological depth

The choice is yours. Or your team’s – we can have a discussion with them, if you wish, to agree a programme to meet their specific requirements.

For non-credentialled coaches we offer classroom-based sessions on advanced coaching skills and ‘deep dive’ webinars on topics such as:

  • Core skills refresher
  • Coaching moments
  • Quick connections
  • The person, not the problem
  • Curiosity
  • Courageous communication

For larger or dispersed teams, we can also create programmes using learning reinforcement apps and social learning platforms. And we can run train-the-trainer sessions.

(We also run advanced sessions on an open basis, as London-based programmes and as webinars. Please check the ‘Events’ menu at the top of the page.)

Every internal coaching team is different. A bespoke solution is always recommended. We’re happy to advise.

CPD and advanced coaching skills training – for external coaches

Once you’ve got your qualification then, for the ICF at least, you need to maintain it. Or you might just want to keep developing your skills anyway, whether you need formal CPD or not.

Either way, you’ll find our open programmes and webinars invaluable. Please check the ‘Events’ menu at the top of the page.

What next?

  • Can’t decide which qualification to choose?
  • Not sure about CPD requirements?
  • Need to organise something for yourself and colleagues?
  • Any other questions?

Give us a call on 01582 714280 – we’re here to help!