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ILM Level 7 certificate for executive & senior level coaches and mentors

Take your coaching to an advanced level with our live webinars and earn a valuable coaching qualification.

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Level 7 Certificate and Diploma for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors
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  • ILM Level 7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors - £207
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Earn a highly respected, nationally recognised, advanced coaching qualification

Level 7 certificate in coaching for executives and senior leaders. Awarded by the Institute of Leadership and Management

  • Move your coaching to a high-quality, powerful and effective level
  • Show that you have the credibility and skills to coach senior people
  • Consolidate your previous coaching experience, and take it to the next level

Time commitments

This programme is:

  • 12 x ½ day webinars, over a 3 month period
  • Followed by 1:1 remote support for 6 months to complete the qualifications

You will learn

  • All the skills and structures for coaching senior leaders
  • How to coach people in challenging circumstances
  • Long term coaching engagements

By the end of this programme you will have the skills, experience and confidence to know you are an advanced coach.

You do not need to have a previous coaching qualification to enrol on this course. Having some coaching experience, even in an informal setting, is important for the course

What support is available?

We ensure that you have all the resources needed to pass the qualification, including:

  • Unlimited tutorial support
  • Written and verbal feedback on your coaching sessions
  • Writing templates and sample assignments

Enquire today, to see if this is the right course for you, and to stand out as an advanced coach


Level 7 Certificate and Diploma for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors

Regulated by Ofqual

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The level 7 certificate in coaching for senior executives is the flagship programme of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Adding this qualification to your experience marks you out as a high-quality coach, able to coach senior people in challenging circumstances.

Key features

  • Small groups – maximum of 8 people
  • Highly practical and participative approach
  • Written and verbal feedback on your coaching sessions
  • Unlimited tutorial support between training room days
  • Continual support until you pass your ILM qualification
  • Thriving alumni community, to continue your learning

Course outcomes

On completion of this programme, you will be able to

  • Coach senior people, and others, using at least 3 different coaching structures
  • Coach people who are thriving, and those who are struggling
  • Develop a long-term coaching plan, and coach someone for several sessions
  • Contract with your coachee, and with any sponsor of the coaching (i.e. their boss)
  • Reflect deeply and continue to improve on your coaching


In order to meet the syllabus, the training covers topics that include:

  • Coaching vs mentoring; definitions and choices
  • Self-assessing on coaching skills
  • Advanced coaching skills, including questions, listening, pausing, challenging respectfully, managing the process
  • Structures for standard coaching sessions, topic-based coaching, and coaching on coachee values
  • Long term coaching engagements
  • Coaching someone who is stuck
  • The coaching relationship
  • Neutrality and judgement in coaching
  • How coaches’ mentor
  • Use of psychometrics in coaching


The three units of the ILM level 7 certificate in coaching are:

  1. Understanding the principles and practice of effective coaching at a senior level
  2. Undertaking coaching at a senior level – 20 hours
  3. Reviewing your own ability as a coach acting at a senior level

These are assessment by:

A written assignment about coaching at senior level

  • 20 hours of coaching practice, including assessment of a coaching session, and completion of coaching logs
  • A reflective journal, showing your development as a coach

These assignments are undertaken after the training days have finished and are completed within 6 months.

Assignment support

Many adult learners have not undertaken formal assignments or study for many years. We understand this and provide a high level of support, so that everyone gets through the challenging times and completes their assignments. The support includes:

  • Template answer books to follow
  • Full guidance on completion of assignments
  • Example assignments to draw inspiration from
  • Marking and reviews of assignments, prior to final submission to the ILM
  • Detailed feedback on your coaching practice
  • Unlimited tutorial support and mentoring through the process

Our approach

Coaching is a practical skill, with a theoretical basis. Our approach is that we practice the skill in the training room and study the theory outside of the training room.

This makes the training days highly focussed, active and practical, with opportunities to coach, be coached, receive feedback and work on coaching skills.

At the same time, we provide support to make sure the academic and study element is fully met, by providing resources, guidance and specific texts to study

Tutor team

The lead trainer for the Level 7 programme is Charlie Warshawski. He has been coaching since 2017 and delivering ILM qualifications since 2014. His own coaching practice is of over 1000 hours, and he focusses on coaching leaders in education.

Charlie’s approach is inclusive, structured, rigorous and empathetic. Learners are highly supported, respectfully challenged and helped to become the best coaches they can be.

Alongside Charlie is a team of experienced coach trainers, all of whom have taken the ILM qualification through Love Your Coaching. They support training days, feedback to coaches and assessments.

Who is this course for?

People who enrol for this ILM level 7 programme are normally in senior positions in organisations or run their own businesses. Our candidate profiles include:

  • Head teachers
  • HR leaders and managers
  • Senior operations managers
  • Owners of mid-sized organisations
  • Self employed coaches, trainers and consultants


No previous coaching qualification is necessary to enrol on this advanced coaching course…..

You will have been using coaching skills in your work or self-employment. It is not necessary to have an existing coaching qualification, but it is important that you understand the rudiments of coaching.

To help, we carry out a pre-booking informal assessment, to make sure that this course is at the right level for you.

Career path

Expectations for successful candidates for this qualification include:

  • Access to approved coach registers, with the NHS and elsewhere
  • Significant career progression opportunities: most senior roles in HR and management are calling for coaching skills and qualifications

Questions and answers


ILM Level 7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors

Hard copy certificate - £207

The certificate cost is exempt from VAT. The certification fee is non-negotiable. You also receive membership to the ILM for a year, a hard copy of the certificate and a digital copy and digital badge.


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