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Coaching Professional (Level 5)

The Apprenticeship is delivered as a work-based route towards developing professionally competent Coaching Professionals in a range of sectors.

There has been a growing demand for coaches and mentors to include one-to-one coaching, team coaching, leadership coaching and for coaching skills to be embedded within the culture and governance infrastructures to support future ways of working.

The Apprenticeship includes:

  • Learning within the workplace
  • Development of new Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs)

Apprentices completing this programme will receive:

  • Level 5 CMI Extended Diploma in Professional Coaching Practice
  • Coaching Professional Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths/English (as required)

Apprentices will undertake a programme of study in a suitable professional environment which enables the developing of coaching and mentoring practices, before progressing through the Gateway to End Point Assessment (EPA).

You will develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours in:

  • Principles of Professional Coaching
  • The Role of the Professional Coach
  • Strategies for Delivering Professional Coaching
  • Professional Coaching Practice
  • Management and Leadership Influences in Coaching and Mentoring
  • Professional Team Coaching
  • Professional Mentoring Practice

The apprenticeship is delivered and assessed using a range of methods and activities using a hybrid model which can include interactive live online sessions, practice coaching and mentoring sessions, assignments, projects, case studies, reports, work-product evidence, self-directed study, and interactive groupwork activities, in addition to observations within the workplace.

The apprenticeship at a glance

Duration: 14 months then end point assessment (based on employment of at least 30 hours per week).

Starts: Throughout the year.

Suitable for: Current and new employees in a role that will enable coaching/mentoring practice opportunities.

Costs: Payable by the employer through the apprenticeship levy or co-funded (5%).  There are no further costs required for resources, teaching, assessing.  You will need access to ICT to undertake your studies.

Entry requirements: Working in an appropriate role, 19+.

“Off the job” element: All delivery sessions and workshops plus activities including, assignments, case studies, reflection, work-product evidence, tutorials, and group activities.

Support for students: Dedicated assessor for the duration of the programme.

Support for employers: UCQ account manager for the duration of programme with practical experience of business management and leadership

Eligibility: Individuals holding existing qualifications may join, providing they are not sector-related.

Assessment: There are no exams, successful completion of the apprenticeship is entirely based upon the following assessments:

  • Knowledge – assignments
  • Skills and Behaviours – Self-reflection, peer and line manager reviews, witness testimonies, assessor observations within the workplace, work-product evidence, Personal and Professional Development Plans
  • End-point assessment – Observation of Coaching Practice, Interview underpinned by portfolio of evidence, and knowledge test.

If you have any questions you can contact UCQ by emailing: apprentices@ucq.ac.uk

Course Information

  Title: Coaching Professional Apprenticeship – Level 5


  Duration: 14 months (16 months including End Point Assessment (EPA))


  Coaching Professional Apprenticeship


  Accreditation: CMI Level 5 Extended Diploma in Professional Coaching Practice


  Applications are accepted throughout the year.  


  Location: Work-based learning (within the workplace).


  Study format: Assessor sessions; supported self-directed study; tutorials; observations within the workplace; collation of work-product evidence and EPA preparation.


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Ifate: Apprenticeship Standard

Assessment Plan: Coaching Professional

Occupational Map: Coaching and Mentoring

Programme Specification: CMI Level 5 Professional Coaching Practice Extended Diploma