ILM Level 7 Certificate Qualification

"If you not only want to improve as a coach but influence the culture throughout your organisation then go on this programme. Don’t just view it as a stand-alone course; this programme can change your job, working environment, organisation and even your private life!"

Ian Woodward, Group HR Director, Caesers Entertainment

This is a unique programme that offers you an opportunity to develop a high level of accredited coaching skills that will significantly benefit you as well as your sponsoring organisation.

Our 'open' Programme is arguably the best Coaching Skills Training Programme in the UK that can transform your career and delivers outstanding ROI for your organisation through a pragmatic practical approach.

The next 'open' programmes start in October 2019

We also offer bespoke in-house programmes for our clients

You could be following in the footsteps of Senior HR Professionals from these organisations…

What you will find on this page...

If you would like further details including:

  • Our ILM7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors (previously known as Executive Coaching and Mentoring) infographic with content and timings
  • More testimonials from previous delegates
  • Programme Brochure with dates, location and pricing
  • FAQ's that most people ask before coming on the programme

Benefits of Notion's programme

  • It's Flexible - Complete just the first half of the programme and be certified to deliver coaching sessions within your organisation, or you can complete the full ILM7 Certificate.  If you choose to complete the 1st half initially, you can still 'upgrade' to the full ILM7 Certificate at anytime over the following 2 years.
  • It's Strategic - The 'open' programme has been uniquely designed for Senior HR/L&D professionals. This means there will be a specific strategic and commercial edge to the training, as we will also explore how to best utilise coaching and develop coaching cultures within organisations successfully and in a way that is measurable.  It also means your cohort peer group will only be made up of like-minded senior professionals. We also offer full in-house programmes based around your own organisational strategy.
  • It's Results Driven - With a real focus on return on investment our pragmatic style means you will be able to see a real application back at your organisation.  Enabling you to proactively support the adoption of a coaching culture and deliver one to one formal coaching sessions to the very highest levels alongside ‘on the job’ coaching within your management area. 
  • It's not Generic - This is not a generic training programme as it is taught by some of the UK’s most experienced and well respected Executive Business Coaches.  All the theory is therefore translated into real life coaching examples and case studies, adding a wealth of context and knowledge to aid an exciting learning experience. 

"Notion are a great company, there is a very personal approach in the courses. It’s all about engagement & implementation. With a real focus on your development, growth and challenging yourself."

Victoria Waters, Head of L&D , LaSer UK

"I want to let you know how pleased I have been with the decision to choose Notion. I procrastinated over which Coaching course to take for 2 years - none of them came with Amazon stars and independent user reviews. I finally took the plunge, and the experience has been everything I had hoped for."

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

If you would like further details including:

  • Our programme infographic with content and timings
  • More testimonials from previous delegates
  • Programme Brochure with dates, location and pricing
  • FAQ's that most people ask before coming on the programme

Don't just take our word for it here's what some of our clients have to say...

"The coaching circles were very useful as a small group we got on well and learnt from each other, in fact, we are still meeting now even after the coaching has finished. It was an eye opener and has given me lots of different insights." 

Brian Wark, HR Director DS Smith Packaging

“Notion’s programme has been carefully constructed by experts in their field. They have brought to life a subject that everyone thinks they know about but which in reality is a complex and demanding discipline." 

Anonymous, HR Director

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"What made me choose Notion was the phrase 'coaching in the moment' and one of my highlights of the programme was the pragmatic approach - you recognise that people don't always have time for formal coaching sessions. It was all very straight forward which meant that I saw members of the team putting things into practice straight away." 

Kate Naylor, HR Director, Hitachi Rail Europe

"I’d highly recommend the ILM7 Executive Coaching & Leadership Mentoring as it gives you access and understanding of excellent tools and techniques to become a successful coach. The lecturers are great, you get a lot of opportunity to practice and the cohort is of a similar level” 

Kim Gieske, HR Director, Planet Organic

If you would like further details including:

  • Our programme infographic with content and timings
  • More testimonials from previous delegates
  • Programme Brochure with dates, location and pricing
  • FAQ's that most people ask before coming on the programme

Background about Notion's Approach to Training the ILM7 Certificate in Executive Coaching & Mentoring

We pride ourselves in offering only the UK’s top Executive Coaches and Tutors to train, supervise and develop new and qualified internal Executive Coaches as well as delivering top-class 1-to-1 and group Executive Coaching and Mentoring ourselves.

As a team we have trained over 110,000 senior managers and coached and mentored over 5,000 businesses.

We work across both the Public and Private sectors. Recently we have delivered coaching skills training to Royal Mail, Mitchells & Butlers, National Express, Reading Borough Council, UCL, & Sainsbury's to name but a few.

We also develop leading edge resources to help internal coaches with their Continued Professional Development (CPD) to become even better and to the benefit of their respective organisations. These resources are designed to be accessible and affordable for all coaches and can be delivered in a number of innovative ways.

As an organisation committed to coaching we are keen to support other organisations that are establishing their own internal coaching capability.

The Coaching Syllabus

Notion’s ILM7 Certificate in Executive Coaching & Mentoring Programme consists of:

  • Induction Webinar
  • ILM course Handbook
  • 1 x 2 day workshops
  • 5 x 1-hour webinars
  • 5 x 90-minute Peer Sessions via Zoom
  • 3 x 2-hour Group Supervision Sessions via Zoom
  • 3 x 1-hour 1-to-1 tutorials via Zoom
  • Toolkit USB including over 50 tools to use with internal coachees
  • Marking and feedback on:
    •  a 5,000 word Research Assignment
    • A 2,000 word Reflective Self Assessment
    •  A 3,000-4,000 word Coaching Diary detailing the 20 hours of coaching delivered

Learning Methods

Each workshop includes:

  • Plenary
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Practical exercises
  • Peer coaching 
  • Supported personal reflective learning across the workshops

Participants have access to all books included in the recommended reading list during each workshop day


Each programme participant receives:

  • Accredited Coach Workbook containing notes and slides from each day along with space to make personal notes, reflections, and conclusions.
  • Accredited Coach Toolkit containing:

o Hard copy of over 50 tools and resources covered on the programme
o USB containing pdf's and editable copies of all tools and resources
o Series of client-ready coaching exercises, questionnaires and other

  • Workbook indexing system and training box
  • 10 audio files (MP3) of their personal coaching practice sessions with specific tips for improvements
  • Fortnightly executive coaching tips

Post Programme Support

  • 1-to-1 Tutorials
  • Supervised and Non Supervised Coaching Circles
  • Coaching Assignments
  • Coaching Diary
  • Accreditation Submission with Tutorial Feedback Support
  • Formal Accreditation

In addition the delegates also receive:

  • Feedback and learning about their own leadership profile
  • 1:1 telephone and email support during completion of assignments
  • Recommended reading lists
  • Access to exemplar assignments (for reference only)
  • Tips and strategies for writing and completing assignments
  • Supervised practice sessions between and after course modules

Due to our methods and experience delivering coach training we expect to achieve 100% pass rates and are prepared to guarantee pass rates of 90% for all participants who complete the programme – or we will credit you back their delegate fees!


The Certificate is awarded to participants who successfully complete:

  • At least 47 hours’ guided learning and development by attending 6 days of workshops and 2 Supervised Coaching Circles
  • Complete the 3 written assignments

Meet a selection of our ILM7 Programme Tutors


  • Trained as a practising, professional coach (with the International Coach Federation)
  • Trained as a coach supervisor by Centre for Development, Coaching Supervision academy and the Centre for Supervision Training – qualified for over 10 years
  • Trained to date over 500 coaches & Supervised 200 coaches
  • Practising as a professional executive coach, supervisor and trainer for over 14 years
  • Worked with Bass, KPMG, Castrol, Royal Mail, Reading Borough Council, Highways Agency, BAA Lynton, Proctor and Gamble, Aon Hewitt, UCL to name but a few
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (dual qualified USA & UK)
  • Member of The Association of Coaching and International Coach Federation
  • Trained MBTI deliverer
  • Trained Psychotherapist
  • Associate of the National School of Government
  • MBA from University of Pennsylvania
  • Lecturer on Reflective Practise at Middlesex University
  • 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles


  • One of Europe’s leading Executive and Business Coaches
  • Founder member of the Association of Coaching
  • Co author of CPD for Coaches programme
  • Inspirational trainer
  • Honours degree in Psychology
  • NLP Master Practitioner Qualifications
  • Worked with Centrica, Royal Mail, Oxford Brookes University, Barclays Bank, British Gas, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Mitchells & Butlers, West Ham, Brains Brewery, Reading Borough Council to name but a few
  • Regular expert speaker on Coaching and Behavioural change for BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel


  • Executive Coaching Professional, Corporate and Executive coach, tutor, speaker and author
  • Board Member of the International Coaching Federation from 2001-2004
  • Experienced Coach trainer having delivered ILM Level 5 & 7 coach training programmes to many organisations
  • Worked with Airbus, Barclays Capital, Cooperative Bank, Bluefin Insurance, Odeon Cinemas, Kent Police, BBC, Manchester City Council, American Express, UCL to name but a few
  • Founder Member of the Association of Coaching Supervisors
  • Certified Master Practitioner of NLP
  • Qualified and Practising Executive Coach

Post Accreditation – Developing Expertise

For all open programmes and in-house programmes we also offer  various options for ongoing CPD and formal  Coaching Supervision.The ILM7 Certificate is the start of your journey, not the end!

Ongoing development and support is available across a range of options that include:

...or, if you'd like an informal chat please Contact Us