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If you cannot find the answer you need below, please call Clare for an informal chat on 01380 609313. Clare will be very happy to give you impartial advice and guidance without obligation. You can sign up to our newsletter here

If you prefer, you can e-mail your questions to clare@inspired2learn.co.uk


How can I enrol for a qualification?

You can enrol here


Can I do an ILM coaching and mentoring qualification by distance learning?

Yes, if you are an experienced coach who has had coaching and mentoring training.

If you have no experience, you will need to attend ILM coaching and mentoring courses


Can I pay by instalments?

Yes - please contact us for details


Are you approved by the MOD to support the ELCAS Scheme?

Yes, we are approved to accept ELC funding - Provider Number 7065 - please see details here


What study support will I get?

You will have access to:

  • A named tutor with unlimited support (* see timescales that apply in further question below) by e-mail, telephone or Skype
  • Access to the ILM's on-line Learning Zone and student learning resources
  • A written induction pack - this includes a guide with advice on how to study and write assignments
  • An extensive library of coaching and mentoring articles, tools and techniques via our own website
  • Unlimited telephone coaching supervision sessions, arranged according to need whilst you study for your qualification
  • Two published books about coaching - choice will discussed with you, taking into account your experience and books you may already have


What do the different levels of qualification mean?

These relate to the level at which the qualification is recognised on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. Here is a useful summary:

Level 3 - A level/BTEC equivalency - coaching first line manager, team leader, supervisor, co-ordinator

Level 5 - HND/Foundation Degree/Degree equivalency - coaching middle, operational managers

Level 7 - Post-graduate equivalency - coaching senior, strategic managers


Do I have to be coaching or mentoring at a particular level to gain the qualification I want?


Yes. The coaching and mentoring qualifications require you to keep a reflective coaching diary. In order to meet the qualification requirements you therefore need to be coaching at the appropriate level as follows:

Level 3 - is designed for people in their first management roles – including team leaders and first-line managers. Get the tools and confidence to coach people as part of your normal working role.

Level 5 - an ideal qualifications for managers with significant responsibility for coaching and mentoring as part of their day-to-day role. It also develops those learners planning to move into a development role or start a career as a freelance coach and mentor.

Level 7 - designed for senior managers or HR/OD professionals who want to develop their expertise and credibility in the fields of coaching and mentoring or to establish coaching or mentoring at an organisational level. It’s also for professional coaches and mentors seeking to enhance and accredit their executive coaching experience with a nationally recognised qualification.


Do I have to have a Level 3 before doing Level 5 or 7?

No. There are no formal entry requirements. It is important that you choose the qualification that is the most suitable for you in terms of what you want to achieve, and at a level that you are capable of undertaking in terms of the learning and assessment requirement. The three levels of qualification require you to undertake coaching at one of three levels( see previous Q). This is the main factor in deciding which level suits you best. Level 5 is by far the most popular entry level with our clients. We are always happy to discuss this with you. Call Clare for an informal chat on 01380 609313


What is the difference between Award, Certificate and Diploma?

Each is a qualification in its own right on the Regulated Qualification Framework. The difference is simply the number of credit points that are required. If you follow the 'CMI and ILM Qualifications' navigation tab on this website, in each level of qualification you can then follow the 'View Details' and then 'Full Syllabus' tabs to see full details of the qualifications.


How long will it take me to complete a qualification?

This varies a lot between different people, depending on the time you can commit, your study experience, confidence etc. You will agree your own personal timescales with us to suit your own circumstances. Your registration period as a learner with the ILM is three years. We will support you fully until completion.


What happens if I do not finish before the ILM expiry date?

The ILM registration period is three years. This should be ample time to complete your qualification. Very occasionally, work or personal circumstances change and more time for completion is be needed. You will be able to pay a fee to re-register for a 3 further years in order to complete your qualification. 



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