Coaching Next Steps: Coaching Supervision

The coaching industry has grown exponentially in recent years, with people from a range of professional backgrounds entering into the occupation. By its nature, coaching can be a very rewarding job - coaches are responsible for helping a person to develop and change in the way they wish, supporting the learner on their journey towards achieving a specific goal. However, the industry has few barriers to entry, therefore supervision is essential in order to establish high standards of competence and professionalism. The Academy of Leadership Management has recently launched the ILM Level 7 Certificate for Coaching Supervisors, to support qualified mentors with the opportunity to develop their skills as leading practitioners.

Coaching supervision training

Whether you wish to set yourself apart from untrained individuals by gaining a qualification, or you’d like to take the next step in your coaching career towards becoming a supervisor, our course for coaching supervisors can support your needs. The programme will help you to gain a detailed understanding of the supervision contract, the knowledge and skills required to deliver results with individual clients and the opportunity to put this into practice while receiving supervision yourself. The course is delivered through a blend of learning that is tailored to the needs of each student and you will have access to a library of resources, as well as individually defined continuous professional development (CPD), online learning, reflective practice and practically focused assignments.

Why coaching supervision is vitally important

As in any other profession, supervision is vital to maintain, sustain, and evolve good practice, and failure to do so could have significant professional consequences. Receiving supervision is beneficial for coach wellbeing and covers organisations and professionals in areas such as due diligence, ethics and quality. For internal coaches, trained within an organisational context, supervision is paramount for maintaining due diligence. Organisations that have clear measures in place for coaching programmes will gain the commercial benefits. Those that don’t, take big risks with their company and the wellbeing of their employees.

When it comes to maintaining quality, supervision can help new coaches to address any bad habits before they have a chance to become ingrained in their coaching practice, whether they are actively coaching or not. And from an ethical standpoint, a supervisor can help the coach to become clearer on how their own perceptions influence how they approach a situation. They can help them assess whether their perception is beneficial for themselves, their coaches or the organisations they work for, and if it adheres to professional coaching standards.

Ultimately, expert coaching supervision helps to raise standards across the profession and also improves the impact of coaching within organisations. Even if you are not planning to do much supervision of coaches, a study of the discipline and approach will significantly enhance your practice as an executive coach or mentor. If you’d like to develop your skills as a coach, the Academy of Leadership Management can help you on your journey.

For information on any aspect of the ILM level 7 courses for Coaching Supervisors or to make an application, contact 0845 890 2549 or email