Here are answers to a series of frequently asked questions relating to the Portfolio ILM coaching qualification programmes:

What are the time requirements/ how long does it take?

In addition to the tutor-led input, there is an element of research/ pre-work between modules (typically 1-2 hours per module). In order to gain the ILM qualification students are required to complete the assessed activities, consisting of work-based assignments and the completion of at least 18* hours of coaching and subsequent reflective practices. (*20 hours for L7 Certificate for Executive & Senior Level Coaches). Each cohort is given a target date of 12 months to submit for assessment; you can submit earlier (if you're ready) or your target submission date can be extended.

How many students per programme?

Programme numbers are restricted to ensure that participants receive a high level of tutor support and individual supervision. Typically, cohorts will typically not exceed 8 members (virtual classroom/ face-to-face workshops). We find that students prefer to work in tight-knit groups, particularly on virtual programmes.

What happens if I can’t attend one of the scheduled workshops/ virtual sessions?

Because this is a qualification programme, you are required to complete a specified number of guided learning hours. Your tutor will discuss options on an individual case-by-case basis; these may include additional tutorials, or attendance on a session with another cohort.

Where are the open programmes held?

Our UK-based F2F workshops are held at Ashorne Hill, Leamington Spa which offers centrally-located learning facilities and high-quality accommodation.  Virtual programmes are delivered using bespoke virtual classroom technology.

How do I book a place on one of your programmes?

Access to all ILM qualification programmes is via application; complete and submit the relevant application form. Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you’ll generally be advised of a decision within 3 working days.

What are the fees for the open programmes?

Fees for our open programmes are published in the relevant (L5 or L7) brochures. Course fees for 2022 are:

  • ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching & Mentoring (virtual): £1,595 + VAT
  • ILM Level 7 Certificate for Executive & Senior Level Coaches & Mentors (virtual/ F2F):  £2,495 + VAT

Fees include all tutorial sessions (workshops/ virtual sessions), ILM registration fees, comprehensive study materials, ILM assessment, individual coaching supervision, access to online platform/ attendance on day-delegate basis at Ashorne Hill, including lunch. (Excludes accommodation.)

Do you offer payment plans?

Our Terms and Conditions require payment in full before the course start date, and this is a condition of acceptance. In exceptional circumstances we may consider a discretionary split-payment route; this is not automatic and any request for a payment plan should be discussed with the relevant Course Tutor in the first instance.

Why ILM coaching qualifications?

In our opinion the ILM coaching qualifications provide the necessary blend of theory and practical application relevant to today's coaching environment. Our curriculum focuses on ensuring Portfolio students develop the skills and the knowledge to perform credibly in an increasingly-competitive coaching marketplace. 

Something else? Contact us by phone or by email, and we’ll do our best to answer your query.


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