ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

Delivered in association with

Do you:

  • Want to make sure that your coaching is of a high quality, effective, and powerful?
  • Need to show that you have the experience and credibility to coach senior people, in your organisation or elsewhere?
  • Want to consolidate all your coaching experience, and take it to an advanced level?

Then the ILM L7 qualification, delivered by Love Your Coaching, is the place to achieve these goals.

  • Attain a nationally recognised and credible qualification
  • Classroom, webinar or self study options available
  • You will learn the skills, structures and theories to become an advanced coach
  • Focus on coaching practice and your coaching skills
  • Become a confident, advanced coach, ready to support people with their challenges and their goals

Key features

  • A robust, practical approach, to help you develop high quality coaching skills, and pass the rigorous ILM assessment process
  • A focus on you, the developing coach, to ensure that you develop the skills, and understand the methodologies for coaching at this level
  • Small group training, (maximum 10 people) with inter-session support, focusing on the practical skills needed for high quality coaching
  • Detailed resources and support structures to help you through the study process and complete all the assignments for the qualification

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 7 programme is 12 x ½ day webinars.

Who should attend?

This programme is suitable for people who have had some experience in coaching – with or without formal coach training – and who are looking to increase their skills to an advanced level. The specific criteria we use for selecting candidates for this programme are:

  • That you have been coaching already, and have an understanding of the rudiments of how to coach
  • That you are open to a non-directive approach to coaching (ie, no telling!)
  • That you are able, or expect at some point to be able, to coach people at a senior level in organisations

(If you don’t meet these criteria, ie, you are new to coaching, but are still keen to obtain a qualification, then our ILM level 5 certificate in coaching and mentoring would probably be a much better option for you.)

Candidates on previous programmes have included: HR and L&D managers, freelance trainers and coaches, business owners, project managers, career changers, headteachers, voluntary sector managers, etc, etc. People come on the programme 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 tutors.

How does the accreditation process work?

As ILM level 7 courses are equivalent to postgraduate qualifications, there is an academic aspect to this. In brief, the assignments are:

  • 1 x 5000 written essay on your understanding of the role of executive coaching in an organisation
  • 20 hours of coaching practice, plus some reflective logs about your coaching
  • Assessment of your coaching skills by the course tutor
  • A coaching journal, reflecting on your growth as a coach

The open programme option

The programme runs on an open basis, virtually and in the classroom.

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 £193/£197 (non-VATable).

The in-house option

If you have a group of six people or more who want the ILM Level 7 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 three modules, as outlined below. There is significant crossover between the modules, so we keep the approach very practical and practice oriented.

During each session, you will experience:

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

Foundation: Coaching competencies

  • Agenda setting and contracting
  • Differentiating between coaching and mentoring
  • Assessing your own coaching skills
  • Questioning, listening, pausing
  • Summarising, paraphrasing, silence
  • Practising your coaching using a structure

Development: Deepening the experience

  • Developing coaching plans and long term coaching programmes
  • How coaches mentor
  • Advanced questioning and listening approaches
  • Coaching stuck coachees
  • Coaching the person more than the topic
  • Depth in beginning and ending coaching sessions

Implementation: Managing the coaching relationship

  • Goal setting and accountability
  • Facts and feelings in coaching
  • Managing power dynamics
  • Evidence base – Transactional Analysis
  • Use of questionnaires and psychometrics
  • Analysing and reflecting on your coaching


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.