Principles of Professional Coaching (Level 5)

QN: 610/0901/5 | 610/0902/7

These qualifications are designed to support individuals in the development of knowledge of professional coaching, helping them understand the core requirements for effective coaching practice. Designed for individuals wishing to develop their knowledge of professional coaching in order to understand the coaching process, without the requirement to demonstrate the application of skills.

This qualification is aligned to CMI Professional Standards.

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Qualification Type Award Certificate
CMI Code 5A37 5C37
Qualification Number (QN) 610/0901/5 610/0902/7
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) 14 34
Total Qualification Time (TQT) 60 140
Credits 6 14
Accreditation status Live Live

Typical Units

Our qualifications are broken down into units and relevant topics aligned to the level and qualification. Typical units for these qualifications are:

  • Principles of Professional Coaching
  • The Role of the Professional Coach
  • Strategies for Delivering Professional Coaching

Information for CMI Education Providers

If you are still providing and require information on our previous Level 5 in Management Coaching & Mentoring, you can find the syllabus here.

Previous Withdrawn Syllabus

Qualification Benefits


  • Introduces the principles of professional coaching, including the similarities and differences with other methods of support and the rationale for its delivery
  • Focuses on the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to coach in a manner that is engaging, builds trust, and supports the coachee to progress towards their goals.
  • Explores the influence of coachee’s values, behaviours and culture on their ability to engage with the coaching process.


  • There is a focus on the roles and responsibilities within the coaching relationship, organisational, legal and ethical frameworks and quality assurance.
  • Explore strategies for managing stakeholder relationships, communicating with impact, problem solving and decision making.
  • Be able to apply their understanding of approaches, models, tools and techniques to develop a strategy to respond to different needs and expectations of coachee’s.

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Supporting Resources

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