Choosing the right qualification in this market can be difficult but choosing to qualify with us doesn't have to be.
As a founder member of the EMCC, we've accredited most of our programmes with them so the chances are you can find the right level of course for you, whether you want to develop advanced skills or you're a leader who wants to use a coaching approach with their team. Since 2004 we've been the only partner for the CIPD delivering their coaching and mentoring qualifications, so you know you'll be in safe hands. You'll be joining an active community of many thousands of OCM Alumni who have successfully trained with us over the years.
What makes us different?
For us, really great coaches and mentors tend to combine excellent core skills with intuitive people insight and business acumen. Whilst we can't necessarily develop your business acumen, all our courses are specifically designed to help you with the first two. Here are three areas that we think make our courses different to our competitors:
1) Our coach-mentoring philosophy - we believe that to have the greatest impact, you should develop a coach-mentoring approach whereby you can adjust your style with skill to support the person you are working with regardless of their situation or context. We think a purely non-directive coaching approach and mindset can be limiting in certain contexts. For example, much in the same way you wouldn't coach someone out of a burning building, you shouldn't necessarily rely on one approach. As such, we believe the most effective coach-mentors not only master the core skills but also develop a wide range of tools, techniques and approaches to allow them to be effective in multiple situations and contexts. Our courses will help you develop this coach-mentoring mindset and the diverse skills required to be highly effective.
2) High levels of 1-2-1 support - we provide you with your own dedicated coach-mentor supervisor (CMS) to guide you through the qualification, consolidate your learning and help shape your practice. Unlike our competitors who mostly rely on group work, this dedicated personal resource ensures that you are stretched and supported in equal measures. We provide this on top of group work, it's expensive but it’s highly effective.
3) Create your own unique approach - we don't create "cookie cutter" coaches or mentors, you are a not just another delegate on a course! Instead, guided by our philosophy and 1-2-1 support, we help you to develop your own unique approach to coach-mentoring that is authentic to you, your situation and your context. Yes, our graduates hold common beliefs - a strong ethically underpinning, common process tools to manage relationships effectively, a strong belief in CPD and supervision - and our programmes do have core content to develop the required skills at each level but they are also flexible enough to encourage you to develop your own interests and insights. Furthermore, our coach-mentor supervisors are highly experienced at guiding you through your own learning journey whilst maintaining you on course to successfully complete the requirements of the qualification
Click on the Professional Coaches link above to to view our qualifications and training for aspiring or professional coaches