ILM Level 5 Certificate in
Coaching & Mentoring

Why coaching or mentoring?

Achieving positive change is a benefit for individuals, teams and organisations that can be accomplished by coaching and mentoring.

HR and operational managers are increasingly choosing coaching as a means of supporting talent growth, developing individuals and improving performance.  Research evidence demonstrates greater payback from coaching than traditional support or training. Coaching delivers impact, success and tangible returns. The CIPD asserted ‘The importance of developing appropriate skills among mentors and coaches is crucial’ (2012)

SneddonClark approach coaching from an evidence base supported by a continual focus on the under-pinning academic theory and rigour so our successful candidates become even more valuable resources whether internal in their organisation or as free-lance coaches.

Why this qualification?

Whether you are looking to increase coaching & mentoring within your own business and cascade a new positive way of working, seek work as an external coach or adopt a coaching & mentoring style of leadership and/or management the Institute of Leadership & Management is a world leader in the awarding of coaching and mentoring qualifications. Your experiences with us will provide you with much more than the ILM prestigious qualification.

The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring is approximately equivalent to year 2 of a 3 year degree. It can be a step towards the Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring or Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching & Mentoring.

By studying with SneddonClark you will receive 1:1 supervision in support of your developing coaching practice helping you to embed best practice in all of your coaching interventions.

How will it help me?  or my organisation?


If an individual you will build your core ‘people skills’. You will enhance these with a wider and deeper coaching and mentoring skill-set. You will gain coaching practice and feedback in a safe environment.  Through personal experience you will understand how coaching can help you, your team and organisation in meeting today’s challenges. Your own coaching practice will improve as a result of a greater understanding of key principles and theories.

If an organisation then supporting employees by investing in this qualification will deliver higher motivation, improved teamwork, development of coaching approaches and overall a more successful organisation.  

What do I need to do to gain the qualification?

You will need to submit 3 assignments which broadly evidence

  • Your understanding of the purpose of coaching and mentoring in an organisation, your strategies to overcome any barriers and be able to present a business case in support of coaching or mentoring
  • That you have growing insight to the skills, behaviours, attitudes, beliefs and values of an effective coach and be able to assess the importance of communication and working in an ethical framework
  • Your approach to the key role of contracting with individuals and organisations in setting out the coaching framework supported by understanding boundaries and the mandatory essential of supervision of your coaching practice
  • Your knowledge of the principles of effective coaching or mentoring under-pinned by academic theory
  • An ability to reflect upon and critically review your own skills, behaviours and knowledge as a coach
  • Completion of 12 hours of coaching or mentoring practice supported by coaching logs and reviews. 

How do I join a course or commission an in-house course?

SneddonClark now only deliver ‘closed’ courses on request. The 6 day programme, in 3 blocks of 2 days, is co-facilitated by Karon Clark and Tom Sneddon who are both practicing executive coaches, supervisors and working at Masters Level.

The qualification can also be provided as an in-house option throughout the UK, Europe or the Middle East by negotiation.

Download our leaflet for further information and send us an email or contact form for price and availability.

Link to the ILM Q cards.