ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

Delivered in association with

  • Are you ready to turn your informal coaching skills into something tangible, and achieve a valued qualification?
  • Do you want to be able to hold powerful, supportive and challenging coaching conversations with colleagues with those who report to you?
  • Are you committed to using coaching skills as a key management skills?

Then the The ILM L5 coaching qualification, delivered by Love Your Coaching, is the place to achieve these goals.

  • Attain a nationally recognised and credible qualification
  • Choose from live webinars, or distance learning / self study
  • You will learn the skills, structures and approaches for effective coaching
  • Focus on coaching practice and your coaching skills
  • Become a confident coach, supporting people with their challenges and goals.

Key features

  • A robust, practical approach, to help you develop high quality coaching skills
  • A focus on you, the developing coach, to ensure that you can access the skills for effective coaching
  • Small group training, (maximum 8 people) with inter-session 1:1 support
  • Detailed resources and support structures to help you through the study process

What is included:

  • Unlimited tutorial support whilst studying for the qualification
  • Extensive resource bank – everything you need for your coaching and for the qualification
  • Written feedback on at least 3 coaching sessions
  • Marking and interim feedback on ILM assignments
  • Ongoing support as part of our thriving alumni community

The ILM level 5 programme is 8 x ½ day webinars.

Who should attend?

This programme is suitable for people who are new to coaching, but who are involved in some sort of management or leadership position or who regularly support people as part of their role

It is also suitable for those who are keen to provide a supportive process to others, who enjoy helping people, who are interested in professional development.

Candidates on previous courses have included HR and L&D managers, freelance trainers and coaches, business owners, project managers, career changers, school leaders, voluntary sector managers

People come on the course with a range of past experiences of study – some haven’t written an essay for years, if ever as an adult! We support you fully to get you through the assignments.

Not sure which level ILM programme you should be doing? Give us a call on 01582 463461 to arrange a no-obligation discussion with one of the trainers.

How does the accreditation process work?

As ILM level 5 courses are equivalent to a degree, there is an academic aspect to this. In brief, the assignments are:

  • 1 x 2,000 written essay on your understanding of the essence of effective coaching
  • 18 hours of coaching practice, plus some reflective logs about your coaching
  • Assessment of your coaching skills by the course tutors
  • A coaching journal, reflecting on your growth as a coach

The open programme option

The programme runs on an open basis virtually.

Dates and how to book

Click here for fees and dates for 2022 or here for fees and dates for 2023.

There is an additional ILM candidate registration fee of £145 (non-VATable).

The in-house option

If you have a group of six people or more who want the ILM Level 5 qualification, then you’d be better off having us run the programme for you on an in-house basis.

Interested? Just give us a call on 01582 463461.

Programme overview

We divide the programme into two modules, as outlined below. Each module is designed to help you become more confident and focused in your coaching practice.

Principle aims of our training sessions:

  • Provide the knowledge and understanding of reflective coaching activities
  • Practice and improve coaching skills
  • Prepare for the assignments to obtain the ILM coaching qualification

During each session, you will experience:

  • Practicing coaching micro skills
  • The opportunity to coach and be coached
  • Guidance on approaches to coaching

Module 1: Coaching foundations

  • Distinguishing between coaching and mentoring
  • Agenda setting and contracting
  • Benchmark your coaching skills
  • Skills development:
    • questioning
    • listening
    • pausing
    • structuring sessions
  • Coaching using a solid structure

Module 2: Deepening the experience

  • Coaching a client for several sessions
  • Managing the coaching relationship
  • Using tools and activities in coaching
  • Facts and feelings in coaching
  • Challenging our clients respectfully
  • Ethical and reflective practice


This qualification spans 3 months for the training sessions, and a further 6 months for the assignments to be completed.

The timeline maps out what happens at each stage, and we are here to support you all the way through it.

Please view the programme timeline here.

Why Love Your Coaching?

Love Your Coaching is led by Charlie Warshawski, a coach and coach trainer with over 15 years’ experience. He works with a network of associate coaches, all of whom have trained with him as ILM level 7 coaches.

But we are an ILM Centre in our own right.

So why do we partner with Love Your Coaching in the delivery of the ILM coaching qualifications?


  • We think Charlie and his team do a better job with these programmes than anyone else
  • They get great results – for their own clients and for ours
  • They designed their ILM programmes with ICF principles in mind
  • They’re a great fit with our values and ethics
  • They remain supportive and present for everyone all the way through to submission of the assignments
  • Although the ILM doesn’t explicitly call for it, they assess you on the quality of your coaching, and give you a pass mark when you have reached the standard needed to be a high quality coach
  • They help to find people for you to practise your coaching with
  • They are creating an alumni community of everyone who has taken an ILM programme with them, so there’s a great network of coaches to support and learn from

All his team:

  • Are expert coaches themselves, keeping in practice by constantly delivering coaching as part of their role – they practise what they teach
  • Are experienced trainers, and practise the most up-to-date, participative and inclusive approach to training
  • Have a day job, a professional qualification and great credibility in their sectors, that serves them well to keep their coaching practical and useful
  • Abide by the codes of conduct and ethics of the International Coach Federation

And they get great results:

‘Charlie recently supported me in obtaining my Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring through Maximum Coaching / Love Your Coaching. Charlie is a fantastic coach and trainer and was an incredible support over the last few months. I really valued his input and feedback on my own coaching and more so his coaching of me! His passion for coaching is clear and it’s easy to engage with him thanks to his supportive, guiding and committed approach. I really enjoyed the time working towards my qualification and will be forever grateful to Charlie for all his support.’ HR Business Partner, Eurostar

‘This programme exceeded my objectives. I now realise the impact coaching has on people. I still have coaches stop me in the corridor now – it is a constant reminder of what has been achieved and what can be achieved. One coachee obtained a promotion, and another got a new job. The assignment process challenged me, in a positive way. It has bene a long time since I have written an essay! The support has been invaluable – you have always been available, and all the reviews were incredibly helpful.’ Head of Corporate Systems, Eurostar

For a no-obligation discussion about attending this programme, or about running it for your organisation on an in-house basis, just give us a call on 01582 463461.