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CMI launches new coaching & mentoring qualifications

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has launched a new suite of coaching & mentoring qualifications.

The qualifications range from the Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring through to the Level 7 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Leadership Coaching and Mentoring. The CMI says the new qualifications complement its existing Level 5 qualification in coaching and mentoring.

The programme of qualifications will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from understanding organisational culture and mentoring for teams and individuals, through to performance management and the strategic development of staff.

The CMI says that while individuals undertaking the programme do not have to possess previous qualifications, it is expected that individuals will be working at the level of the qualification they are studying.

Ruth Spellman, chief executive of the CMI, said: "In today's fast moving and cost-conscious business environment, there is a strong case to be made for coaching and mentoring to be made available to all employees. Everyone needs someone they can turn to for advice, however critical, and if the knowledge economy is going to become a reality, we need staff to have the capability to share what they know."

According to research conducted by the CMI, 68% of managers say that coaching is an effective method of learning. Almost 1 in 4 (23%) prefer to learn from colleagues; whilst 15% argue that they are more comfortable seeking the advice of managers in other organisations.

The CMI says its research also shows that online coaching is becoming more frequent as organisations recognise the time and cost savings of blending traditional learning methods with emerging technologies. The research found that e-coaching for example, was used by 14% of directors in 2008, compared to 10% twelve months previously. In the same period, the research found the use of discussion forums by middle managers jumped 8 points, to 36%.

Ruth Spellman continued: "There has been a significant surge in the use of new media as a coaching tool, primarily because employers are beginning to recognise that capturing knowledge is just as important as sharing it. Through technology, not only can individuals receive coaching and mentoring support, now they can refer to the support they receive online at a time and place that suits them best."

The CMI's new qualifications are offered by Approved Centres across the UK and can be delivered as individual courses, or linked to in-house company training programmes.

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