Coach Development for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors

Please Note: Effective 31 August 2023 we will no longer be offering ILM accredited programmes to new learners. Existing learners are unaffected. We will continue to offer non-accredited coach development programmes so please contact us.

Virtual learning is the new norm and we offer all our programmes in a virtual format using Zoom and our online learning portal as well as via traditional workshops in-house

The coach development prgammes are 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 at an organisational level.  In addition the course is particularly suited for in-house and professional coaches and mentors who have already completed some coach training, and who are now seeking to enhance their knowledge and experience.

What  distinguishes these programmes from others is the broad syllabus.

In addition to covering core coaching principles and frameworks, the course incorporates coaching psychology, creative approaches to coaching and current thinking on presence, energy and developing reflective inquiry. This eclectic blend ensures that the course is both challenging and holistic. This is a high level qualification and requires dedication and commitment to complete the highly interactive taught elements, the 20 hours coaching at a senior level and the three substantial assignments.

The programme is run by Dr Gill Graves one of the most experienced and qualified coaches in the UK and author of ‘Coaching With Impact at Work’ available from Amazon. See Gill’s CV. We run this qualification programme on a one to one basis using a blended learning approach remotely using Zoom. The one to one programme is very flexible and can start at any time. The programme can also be run in-house for up to 12 participants.

There are no formal qualification requirements but you are expected to already have some coaching experience.


There are three mandatory units to this qualification and each is accompanied by a written assignment. Typically students take 12 to 18 months to complete the whole programme.

The first unit

‘Understanding the context of coaching and mentoring in a strategic business environment’ aims to enable learners to critically review the role and contribution of coaching and mentoring at a senior level.

The second unit

‘Reviewing your own ability as a management coach or mentor’ will give them the tools and techniques to review and improve their own practice and understand how the client’s organisation culture and structure affects the coaching and mentoring relationship.

The third unit

Requires learners to demonstrate their ability to plan, deliver and review at least 20 hours of coaching and mentoring at a senior level.

How is the course delivered?

The course consists of seven days and is spread over four to six months so that learning is incremental. The key elements of the programme are:

  • 7 days – details below
  • Reading from course book list
  • Comprehensive  course notes, relevant articles, videos and learning materials and exercises on our online learning portal
  • Completion of 20 hours coaching
  • Email/telephone  support throughout the course
  • A telephone supervision session at the end of the course
  • Submission of ILM course work

There will be facilitator and peer feedback during the programme.  The assignments form the formal part of the assessment.

Typical Agenda:

  • Day 1 – Core Coaching Skills for Executive Coaching and Mentoring
  • Day 2 – Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Coaching
  • Day 3 – A Positive Psychology/Strengths Based Approach to Coaching
  • Day 4 – Advanced Communication Skills for Coaching
  • Day 5 – Transactional Analysis and Reflective Inquiry
  • Day 6 – Using Creativity and Metaphor in Coaching
  • Day 7 – Practise and preparation for the assignments

See Gill's new book: Team Coaching With Impact at Work is available now on Amazon.

To discuss more, contact us now on 07881 636538 or contact us via email.