Are ILM qualifications recognised? 

Whether you choose CMI or ILM, there is no arguing that either qualification is a good thing, with hundreds of thousands of businesses and managers taking the qualifications each year.

As the UK’s only chartered professional body for management, dating back to the 1950s, CMI is understandably considered the blue-chip qualification, and the recognition of ILM vocational qualifications is something often queried.

However, whilst ILM courses are not awarded by a chartered institute ILM courses are awarded by the City & Guilds of London Institute and accredited by the relevant qualifications frameworks.

Furthermore, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), an internationally recognised membership body for coaching and mentoring, recognises the ILM Coaching and Mentoring qualifications which allow access to EMCC membership.

What this means in practice is that ILM training is certified as being of the highest standard and has the Government’s stamp of approval, so much so that 70,000 people completed an ILM course in the last year. (Source ILM)

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland both CMI and ILM offer a breadth of qualifications ranging from Level 2 to Level 7*, and both awarding bodies require the same amount of credits for each level of completion. The main difference is structural, referring to delivery structure and unit content.

ILM courses are vocational, and by nature are more flexible than CMI, this doesn’t mean they are any less recognised, but rather they are more tailored to individual and organisational workplace needs, after all, each workplace and learner is different.

When asked will my new employer value my ILM certificate or qualifications in their workplace… it is highly likely that they will, and whilst it is difficult to ascertain the needs of every large organisation, our experience is that a large number of HR and Development professionals recognise ILM courses and value the ILM accreditation and the knowledge each student gains through ILM courses.

Organisations that promote the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of employees, value the choice of vocational and professional qualifications. ILM training opens up these options further, as the courses recognise prior learning, with units from other accredited bodies, able to be counted towards an ILM accreditation and ultimately your career development.

As an ILM approved centre and ILM training provider, Pro-Noctis deliver Coaching and Mentoring Awards at Level 3, 5, and 7. The delivery of each particular qualification is robust, with each meeting the ILM’s standards for delivery and quality assurance process.

When asked how the ILM qualifications compare to other qualifications… in terms of standards, the ILM qualifications roughly map across to the National Qualifications Framework (Source: ILM)

Each qualification is tailored to your businesses needs, and as you advance in your career, you will find a choice of qualifications to consolidate your experience. Regardless of your management position, whether you are a junior manager, team leader, middle manager, senior manager or senior leader, gain new skills and allow you to really perform in your role.


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