The number of mentor and coach training programmes has grown exponentially over the past decade. It is important in any ministry we do to be as skilled as we can be, and to learn from those who have gone before. Mentoring and coaching is still a young discipline, but it has grown and is still growing at a rapid rate. There are many books and resources, ways, and models of working that can be used in order to empower mentees and coachees. If you are considering further training, it can be difficult to know where to start: what training is right for you?
You can now engage in short focused one and two-day programmes, a Certificate, Diploma, Masters or even a specialised professional Doctorate or PhD in coaching and/or mentoring. Recently, qualifications in coaching and mentoring supervision as well as team or group coaching have also been added to the menu of options.
As well as academic qualifications, you can work towards being accredited with an organisation such as the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), or the Association for Coaching (AC).
To help you choose, we’ve compiled a list of some of the options available – and we’ve combined this with our own practical advice and guidance.
If you are aware of ongoing courses other than those listed, please let us know so we can share the information! Contact us here.
Informal Training Options
Informal training is a great place to begin your mentoring and coaching journey. An organisation linked to your situation may offer taster days, in-house certificates, or modules as part of other programmes. The Christian Coach and Mentor Network will be offering its own one day course in the future. We will advertise when this is available.
As we become aware of informal training courses taking place we will put the information here.
Academically Accredited Training Options
These pathways of learning for mentoring and coaching will often provide academic accreditation, which can also sometimes lead to the possibility of applying for professional accreditation with an organisation such as the Association for Coaching (AC), International Coach Federation (ICF) or the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).
Whilst each course will have its own emphasis, all will provide academic credibility and assurance. Professional accreditation offers further quality assurance to the academic training received.
Academically Accredited Theological Routes
These courses do not currently provide you with accreditation to practise mentoring but would still be valuable training. You do not currently need accreditation to practise as a coach or mentor. This list is not exhaustive but here are two we are aware of…
Cliff College currently runs a Certificate, Diploma and MA.
Waverley Abbey College has an MA in Spiritual Formation. Coaching and mentoring is one module of the programme
Moorlands College currently runs an MA with a Christian mentoring module.
Accredited Christian Training Courses
Creative Results Management
- Coaching Mastery Certificate Program
ICF-approved training for Christian coaches and mentors. Using the COACH Model® this practical, and fully online, programme meets International Coach Federation training and mentor coaching requirements to apply for an ICF coach credential.
- Coaching Workshop for Christian Leaders
An online workshop teaching and practising the foundational skills of active listening, powerful enquiry, feedback, supporting action, following up, and the COACH Model®.
Other Accredited Routes
These courses, again not an exhaustive list, do not have theological or Christian modules, although they do provide transferable skills. Most universities are offering coaching and mentoring degree options from 2018/2019 academic year, for example:
Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), the primary leadership/management awarding body for businesses across all sectors.
Level 2: Introduction to Mentoring Skills (Award) Level 3: Coaching & Mentoring (Certificate) Level 3: Mentoring (Award & Certificate)
Level 3: Coaching (Award & Certificate)
Level 5: Coaching & Mentoring (Certificate & Diploma)
Level 7: Executive Coaching & Mentoring (Certificate & Diploma)
Level 7: Coaching Supervision (Certificate & Diploma)
Sheffield Hallam University.
University of Cambridge
Part-time at undergraduate and postgraduate level:
‘Coaching has seen a dramatic growth in recent years. Originating in sport, coaching has migrated into business life and an increasing number of organisations around the world are using coaches as an integral approach to leading and developing staff. Here at the Institute of Continuing Education in Cambridge, we offer a growing range of coaching courses, for newcomers to the subject and for those who have studied or worked in the area before.’
Supervision for mentors and coaches is becoming a growing area of interest for training. Individual organisations may offer training for supervision, bespoke to their needs (for example within the NHS, Local Government, the teaching sector, and Counselling-based organisations).
Here are some more general courses:
Institute of leadership and management Level 7 coaching supervision.