Frequently Asked Questions

Who is The Insight Advanced Coaching & Mentoring Certificate for?

The Insight Advanced Coaching & Mentoring Certificate™ is equally relevant whether you are coaching and mentoring in the field of business, human resource development, healthcare, education, the voluntary sector or in social enterprises. It is specifically suitable for HRD professionals, consultants and managers who have prior experience of coaching and mentoring and who wish to develop their capability further and achieve national and professional recognition.

It is suitable for those who may be required as part of their role to take on coaching and mentoring responsibilities and it is relevant for those who wish to become qualified as professional coaches or mentors. It is likely that participants will have some prior experience of coaching or mentoring, and may be looking to make a more strategic contribution by developing their capabilities. It is a requirement for participants to have access to a learner to coach or mentor during the period of the programme.

How long does it take to complete?

The Insight Advanced Coaching & Mentoring Certificate takes 9 months to complete. Participants have a maximum of 10 months from starting the programme to submit their completed CPD Workbook for assessment.

What are the entry requirements?

Normally participants should possess the following:

  • English as first language, GCSE (A-C) English Language
  • Minimum two A–levels (A-E) or a higher level vocational qualification
  • At least 5 years professional experience

It is an advantage if you have a first degree to Bachelors level.

It is critical to have a good ability to express yourself clearly in writing.

Applicants are required to complete a CPD Review as the first stage of the programme. This entails submission of an annotated Curriculum Vitae and Job Description and a 500 word written paper with a review of personal development capabilities and objectives in respect of coaching and mentoring. Following this a CPD Adviser will discuss your personal development route and you will either be accepted onto the programme or advised of other appropriate personal development routes.

How much study time is required?

In line with the guidelines for a 40 credit undergraduate level programme there is a requirement for a notional 400 hours of learning over the course of the 9 months of the programme. This includes formal and informal work based learning, time spent on workshops, online learning, coaching or mentoring your learner, personal reading and research, completion of the CPD Workbook and practice group participation. As a guide you should plan on spending around 7 hours per week formally dedicated to your programme.

Does participation count as Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

The programme uses a methodology to support CPD based around the Coaching and Mentoring Question system which is recognised by Middlesex University. This action learning based approach has been recognised by many professional bodies as providing a powerful means of recording CPD, as it is focused on learning and outputs rather than simply a record of time spent on training. You will be able to provide clear evidence of your personal and professional development that may be accepted as evidence of CPD by your professional institute.

How academic is the programme?

As the programme is mapped to national standards it is important that you meet certain academic requirements. The programme is set at postgraduate level according to national Higher Education standards and we assess the CPD Workbook incorporating your Coaching and Mentoring Question papers, which you submit according to the level descriptors published by Middlesex University. These assessment criteria require you to show:

  • Identification and appropriate use of sources of knowledge and evidence will be wide ranging, critical and often innovative
  • Selection and justification of approaches to coaching and mentoring will be self directed and you will consider a range of options based upon a reasoned methodology
  • Ethical understanding of coaching and mentoring will be critically understood and sensitively applied
  • Analysis and synthesis of information and ideas about coaching and mentoring will result in creation of knowledge of significance to others
  • Self appraisal/reflection on your coaching and mentoring practice will lead to significant insights which are likely to make a lasting impact upon personal and professional understanding
  • Action planning relating to coaching and mentoring strategies is likely to impact on the work of others
  • Independent and critical analysis concerning alternative approaches to coaching and mentoring will be evident
  • Application of learning will go beyond specific coaching and mentoring relationships
  • Use of resources will be wide ranging and effective, and is likely to impact upon the work of others
  • Effective communication both in writing and orally will be in appropriate format to appeal to a particular target audience and will be clear, concise and persuasive
  • Working and learning autonomously and with others and/or within a team will span a range of contexts, often in a leadership role.

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