ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

Develop expertise in strategic coaching and mentoring



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Save 10% off our January 2023 ILM Coaching Programme

Why this programme? 

The ILM Level 7 is specifically designed for those wishing to undertake executive level coaching assignments within their organisation. 

This programme is also tailored to those who are looking to put coaching at the heart of their organisational strategy and are looking to learn how they can maximise the internal and external coaching resources they have. 

The programme shares proven models and theories, delivered by tutors with first-hand experience implementing major coaching initiatives in the industry. The workshops allow you to practice and apply these advanced models and theories in a group environment to ensure that you take away the most impactful solution for your organisation.

What do I get? 

As part of the programme you will get:

Support from start to finish from our tutors and support team

High-level training needed to become a effective executive level coach/mentor 


A plethora of resources to aid your learning, assignment writing and further development.


The knowledge and understanding needed to implement a coaching strategy within your organisation. 


Upon completion, you will gain an internationally recognised senior coaching qualification - equivalent to a Masters Level degree. 

What are the benefits?

Build a Coaching Strategy

Understand how to build the strategy, culture and processes for coaching at a senior level

Implement Coaching Strategically

Make coaching work in complex environments or at a senior and strategic level in your organisation

Achieve a High Standard of Coaching

Get equipped with the skills, knowledge and ethical understanding needed

Realise the Impact

Understand the measurable impact of coaching and mentoring interventions

Get Qualified

Certify yourself with the highest level coaching qualification, demonstrating your knowledge and skills

Personal Development

Critically review and develop your own skills, values and competence as a Coach or Mentor

Reduce Outsourcing Costs

Reduce external spending by developing highly qualified internal coaches, confident at all levels

Prepare for the future

Gain an internationally recognised qualification, holding you in good stead for an external coaching career

Who is this for? 

The Level 7 is the highest level coaching qualification offered by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), and is most suitable for:

HR and L&D leaders who want to coach, and create and refine their coaching strategy

Senior Leaders outside of people development, looking to utilise coaching within their function

Consultants and coaches wishing to get qualified and work at an executive level

Why Choose the ILM Route?

The ILM is the UK's leading provider of leadership, coaching and management qualifications. They use a network of approved centres to deliver the training for the their qualifications, of which Coaching Focus Group is one. 

ILM Qualifications stand out as they are focused on work-based learning, so are designed to be completed on-the-job. They are flexible in style and approach, but also rigorous in their quality and assurance of their centres. 

Programme Outline

To gain the ILM Level 7 qualification, you will need to compile a portfolio of evidence throughout the programme, which consists of:

> Records of a minimum 30 hours workplace coaching or mentoring with senior level coachees

> 3 written assignments, focused around your understanding of coaching, application and review of your practice and the organisational development of your coaching strategy

> 3 book reviews of our recommended reads

> Evidence of your own learning and development, including tutorial notes, supervision notes and reflections

The journey from the start of the programme, through to completing the qualification, usually takes between 15-18 months.

  • What is coaching - ensuring all are clear on what coaching is within the workplace and the expectations of a workplace coach.
  • The key components and skills of coaching within an organisation
  • Managing/leading/coaching – the intent, behaviours and applications of each
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – to provide an understanding of what can be done when mental health issues are present (referring to internal resources/EAP support)

  • Comparing coaching to counselling and mentoring and understanding the boundaries of each.
  • The range of approaches available to a coach (coaching mindset)
  • The LEAP Model – an introduction to a coaching conversation
  • Structuring the conversation – the GROW Model
  • A Coaching demonstration – from one of our experienced tutors
  • Coaching practice in pairs
  • Listening skills – the four levels of listening, and how to develop them
  • The GIVE Model – developing your empathy skills
  • Listening inclusively and biases
  • Communication cycle – processing data and controlling the pace of a conversation
  • The intent of a coaching question and questioning skills
  • Following a coachee’s interest and getting focus
  • Coaching in threes (observed by tutor/s)
  • When should you put your knowledge in?
  • What is feedback in coaching, and how to give it.
  • The Johari window
  • Feedforward
  • Challenge and relationships in coaching – are you a challenger or supporter? (Challenging and supporting styles)
  • Creating accountability
  • The Zone of Uncomfortable Debate
  • Coaching demonstration and practice in trios.
  • Learning and behavioural styles – how does this show up in coaching
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)* - how do you prefer to operate
  • Emotional Intelligence and it’s important – what is needed for coaching?
  • What is my unique style an approach? - Reviewing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
  • Planning your CPD and how this builds into your qualification
    Coaching Practice – with focus on types and unique style
*Each learner will be provided with a MBTI report and type, as part of the programme.
  • Understanding context and change in organisations and coaching
  • Models and approaches to help people through personal change
  • Supervision – the 7-eyed model
  • Co-supervision in pairs – refine your coaching
  • Observed coaching practice
  • Executive Coaching – what sets it apart
  • Advanced Coaching – understanding alternative approaches and higher-level models:
    1) Gestalt Coaching
    2) Solution Focused Coaching
    3) Creative approaches, such as relationship drawing, or the ‘magic box’
Time will be given to explore and practice a selection of these more advanced approaches.
  • Understanding your coaching journey so far
  • The five stages of an Organisational Strategy:
    1)Purpose & objectives of your coaching strategy
    2) Context & situation of your coaching strategy
    3) Creating a coaching Strategy
    4) Communicating your coaching strategy
    5) Evaluating & adapting your coaching strategy
  • Your own organisational strategy – how can you take this away?

January cohort dates

Workshop 1: 18-19 Jan
Workshop 2: 22-23 Feb
Workshop 3: 22-23 Mar
Workshop 4: 25 Apr 

Fee: £2,995 +£235 ILM registration

March cohort dates

Workshop 1: 14-15 Mar
Workshop 2: 18-19 Apr 
Workshop 3: 16-17 May
Workshop 4: 13 June 

Fee: £2,995 +£235 ILM registration

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