Certificate in Coach-mentoring

Short course EMCC Practitioner Level

The Certificate in Coach-Mentoring course is dual accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). It holds a European Quality Award (EQA) at Foundation level, and a European Quality Award (EQA) short course at Practitioner level.

There are 50 hours of study over the duration of the course; these are delivered flexibly over 6 to 7 months. As standard, we teach you not just the practical side of coach mentoring, but also the critical elements such as:

  • identifying a personal style of reflective practice
  • contracting in client relationships
  • working safely and ethically
  • handling dependency
  • working with a range of models and approaches including our own ELECTRIC Online®, to enable you to effectively deliver different types of coaching and mentoring in different contexts.

Most importantly, through unrivalled levels of 1-2-1 coaching, we teach you how to develop your own signature style, how to take charge of your own development, and how to use supervision for your professional practice beyond the Certificate in coach-mentoring.

By developing a signature style, you will deliver coaching and mentoring that is aligned to your vision, purpose and values. You will be capable of supporting a broad range of development needs and create lasting impact for your clients. You will be authentic and unique, shaped by us but not defined by us.

Our approach and what makes us different

Number of learning hours: 50

Duration: 6 to 7 months

Accreditation: EMCC Practitioner level

Delivery format: virtual with live, 1-2-1 coach-mentoring supervision

Activities: blend of online/remote delivery including videos, webinars, self-assessments, real coaching practice with 3 volunteer clients, reflection, 1-2-1 coach-mentoring, supervision and feedback.

Our situational coach-mentoring philosophy - simply put, we believe that a coach-mentoring approach creates the greatest impact. Coach-mentors intentionally master a broad toolkit and adjust their style to suit the situation and context enabling them to select the most effective method to support their client rather than being wedded to specific tool or technique.

They are pragmatic and not dogmatic. All our courses are underpinned by this philosophy, helping learners develop a coaching and mentoring mindset as well as the diverse skills required to be highly effective regardless of situation or context.


We create authentic coach-mentors - we don't create "cookie cutter" coaches or mentors, learners are a not just another delegate on a course. Instead, guided by our philosophy, we help them develop their own unique approach to coach-mentoring that is authentic to them, their situation and their 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 learners to develop their own interests and insights. Furthermore, our coach-mentor supervisors (CMS’s) are highly experienced at guiding learners through their own learning journey whilst keeping them on course to successfully complete the requirements of the qualification.

High levels of 1-2-1 support - we provide learners with their own dedicated coach-mentor supervisor (CMS) to guide them through the qualification, consolidate their learning and help shape their practice. Unlike our competitors who mostly rely on group work, this dedicated personal resource ensures that they are stretched and supported in equal measures. We provide this on top of group work, it's expensive but it’s highly effective.

The learning pathway coupled with live coaching supervision provided the right balance of learning and development for me. I was unsure how I would find the self-service approach but, having experienced it, I loved the balance of on-demand learning with my supervision sessions. It has been particularly effective during the pandemic restrictions, but I would recommend it at any time.

A Recent Graduate

Learning Outcomes

The Programme’s Learning Outcomes – are taken from the EMCC’s 8 Competence Categories, against which candidates will be assessed for their practical and professional capability at Practitioner level:

  • Demonstrate awareness of how your beliefs and values may impact on your coaching work.
  • Take responsibility for your own development, participating in supervision and maintaining commitment to ongoing CPD.
  • Ensure that the expectations and boundaries of the coaching contract with clients and sponsors are effectively agreed and managed.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with clients and sponsors.
  • Effectively use skills of listening, asking insightful questions and giving challenging feedback to enable the client to experience insight and learning.
  • Assist and support clients to take responsibility for creating plans and achieving progress against identified outcomes.
  • Effectively use recognised coaching models and techniques including those brought by the client, to achieve insight and learning.
  • Gather information on the effectiveness of your coaching practice, for continuous improvement.

Core elements of the programme

Individual briefing - once enrolled, the programme starts with a 90 minute individual briefing from your own coach-mentor supervisor. The purpose of this briefing is to ensure you can:

  • Recognise and describe situational approaches to coaching and mentoring
  • Understand the core processes that underpin effective coaching and mentoring and start building reflective skills
  • Confidently explain the learning outcomes and assessment requirements to achieve the qualification
  • Discuss the importance of contracting and how to go about it with your clients.

Individual support

Each candidate would have their own Coach-Mentor Supervisor allocated (CMS) and would have 4 x 1 hour telephone sessions as well as receiving 2 hours of feedback on their written evidence during the programme.

Study Elements

The study element for this programme are:

  • One book to support the learning
  • Completing 2 x Personal Learning Plans – one at the start and one at the end
  • Capturing learning from the coaching activities undertaken, through reflection, online activities and in the sessions with their CMS
  • Engaging with a range of online Multimedia resources from the online learning platform.

Coaching Practice

Each candidate will also be required to formally coach 3 volunteer clients during the programme who will provide detailed feedback on their coaching skills and techniques via an online Client Feedback Report.

Assessment Telephone Call

At the end of the programme and following the assessment of the written elements of the programme, each candidate will be required to join their appointed OCM assessor for a 30 minute telephone call to complete the assessment  process.

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It was an extremely well structured programme which gave me resources and asked questions of me in a timeframe that really worked. One of my standout impressions was my experience using the learning platform and the flexibility it gave me. I deliberately chose online delivery because it was different from anything I have ever done before. The other standout value was the fact that I had a coach who made me think a lot about developing a personal style rather than just learning theory.

Caroline Usher, recent graduate

How do I book and what price do I pay?

You can book online either by credit card or requesting an invoice.

To make coaching and mentoring more accessible for those with less resources, we charge different rates for corporate clients and those who are privately funded.

For us this means people who work for publicly listed or limited companies pay the corporate rate and self-funding individuals, anyone in the Public sector or anyone in the Third sector pay the privately funded rate.

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