Business Excellence Skillnet

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DATES: September 2012 - March 2013

TIME: - 5.30pm

COST: €3120.00 per member /  per non member €3300.00

LOCATION: LIT-  Thurles Campus

Business Excellence skillnet will fund until December 2012 and subject to 2013 funding we will fund the balance.  Please contact us for full details.


LIT Professional Coaching Skills

in association with Coaching Development Ltd


 HETAC Higher Education Training & Academic Council

Level 7 Special Purpose Award

with Approved Coach Specific Training Hours with ICF

LIT Professional Coaching Skills

in association with Coaching Development


HETAC Higher Education Training & Academic Council

Level 7 Special Purpose Award

with Approved Coach Specific Training Hours with ICF



Programme Location:  Thurles Campus

*Provision of this programme is subject to viable registered student numbers


Dual Qualifications:
This is the only coaching skills programme available in Ireland that has been awarded a Level 7 Special Purpose Award by HETAC with Approved Coach Specific Training Hours status by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

 About Coaching:

On our Professional Coaching Skills programme you will develop the attitudes and learn the skills of an effective professional coach. Through continuing practice, observation and feedback, you will have the opportunity to become highly proficient.

Our purpose is not simply to provide you with a toolkit of powerful techniques and processes. Techniques have their place and can be useful in moving us forward in various ways, but the point for us is that essentially, as a coach, you yourself become your principal tool.

We will question, encourage, challenge and support you in your learning. In other words you will be coached throughout the course. You will have the opportunity to develop yourself so that coaching becomes an authentic part of who you are.

As you develop your self-awareness you will become more able to ‘get out of your own way’, and out of the way of your clients. You will become able to listen and question more deeply and accurately, be more aware of your perceptions, insights and intuitions, and become more skilled in communicating simply, honestly and effectively.

As you increasingly bring this way of being to your work, you will become more and more able to be truly present with, and for, your clients. The quality of your attention and engagement will become a catalyst which accelerates your clients’ progress; they will feel affirmed, extended, liberated, energized and stimulated to grow. They will increasingly develop themselves into who and what they want to be.


We are passionate about the development of coaching as a profession, and committed to the pursuit of excellence based on clear ethical standards, thorough training and continuing professional development.

We have designed a stimulating, demanding and enjoyable course that will bring out and develop your own inherent knowledge and abilities. We think you will find this a deeply fulfilling journey.

“The real quality of something special is sometimes only apparent when you reflect on it.  Two years later, I can say this is certainly the case with the LIT-Tipperary & Coaching Development programme. This programme stands out because it helps you become a Coach. Then it provides you with the frameworks, knowledge, skills and confidence to start Coaching effectively by the end of the programme. Most other programmes just focus on tools and techniques. This is the complete package”

Alasdar Browne, Leadership Coach


Training Methods:
Our teaching style reflects a person-centred approach to adult learning. Our principal method is experiential learning: learning by doing, coupled with personal reflection and exploration. We include mini-lectures, course notes, discussion groups, experiential work in twos and threes, video input and tape recording.

Learning is facilitated by one to two trainers, presenting independently and in partnership, and supported by a select group of mentors. Places on our training programmes are limited to ensure that each student is regularly observed (with three formal observations) and receives detailed feedback from the trainers as well as the mentors.

During the training programme, you should allow about five hours per week for reading, peer coaching practice and written work.

 Programme Aims:

Module 1 (20 days)
This is an original programme teaching best professional theory and practice. This Module’s primary focus is to develop and refine our inherent interpersonal skills, such as perceptive, empathic listening and questioning, and our ability to engage with others so as to create real connection, clarity, choice and forward action.

We build on this foundation with a thorough training in the co-active coaching model, together with selected processes from Neuro-Linguistic Programming. We think it is valuable to have a psychological model to aid our thinking and have chosen Transactional Analysis, widely used in business and personal development. Throughout the programme the International Coach Federation (ICF) Core Competencies provide the criteria and framework for evaluating participants’ growing coaching skills.


Module 2 (3 days)

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with further knowledge of the issues associated with the use of coaching in a number of different professional contexts. The module will focus on the complexities of contracting in organisations, the challenges of internal coaching, systems thinking and supervision. It will also have a focus on coaching within educational and community contexts and the marketing that is necessary for the establishment of a coaching practice.

If you would like further details about the programme curriculum, please  contact us.

 Programme Structure:

To gain the dual qualification module 1 and 2 will need to be completed.

Module 1: 20 days in length, presented in five units of 4 days (Friday to Monday), over a period of five months. To qualify you must be present for at least 18 of the 20 days

Module 2: 3 days in length, presented over a weekend including a Friday or Monday. This module will be delivered two months after the end of Module 1. To qualify you must attend all three days of this module.

 Entry Requirements:

Applicants will be required to be 25 years of age or older at the time of commencement of the programme and to successfully complete a phone interview. The interview process will be used to assess the applicant’s capacity to complete the programme and will include –

  • A discussion of the applicant’s reasons for wishing to do the programme
  • A discussion of the applicant’s background and experience
  • The extent to which the applicant would themselves be a suitable candidate to receive coaching

Our programme attracts mature and motivated people from a wide range of backgrounds. We find the learning experience co-created with such a diverse and committed group is very powerful.  We believe you will too.

At the end of the training programme, provided you have been present for the required training days for module 1 (at least 18 of the 20 training days) and Module 2 (all three days) plus completed both practical and written assignments, you will receive a Coaching Development certificate in Professional Coaching Skills and a HETAC Level 7 Special Purpose Award in Professional Coaching Skills.


 Practical and written assignments:

All assignments are designed to enable you integrate the skills you will be learning and to prepare for practicing as a coach. Before and between the training days of the Programme, you will be doing some reading, below are two books that you can begin with.  As you go through Module 1 of the programme you will keep a learning log, which we refer to as your journal and you will complete practical work and three written assignments. At the end of Module 2 you will have two written assignments to complete.


Completion and pass of all work is required to gain a HETAC level 7 Special Purpose Award Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills and a certificate in Professional Coaching Skills from Coaching Development.


  1. 1.     The Reading List for the course is set out on the following page.  Please read Either:


Starr, Julie, The Coaching Manual

Prentice Hall, 2003


Stevens, N, Learn to Coach

How to Books, 2005


Module 1 Assignments

  • Assignment 1:1 Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) This assignment is designed to enable you to reflect on your journey before starting the programme in relation to your experience, skills, knowledge and abilities.


  • The on-going work is your Learning Log, which we refer to as your Journal that is only seen by you but used to help you write Assignment 1:3 a Reflective Essay following your completion of Module 1.  It is vitally important that you make small entries as you go through the training days, and put these into a more cohesive form in between our meetings; it will be almost impossible for you to write your reflective essay unless you make regular notes.  On unit 1 in September we will give you more detailed guidelines and information on how to keep your journal, how you will use it to write your essay and the reasons for developing your capacity to reflect.


  • There are other pieces of work to do during Module 1 of the programme.  Most of these are learning by doing.  You will be coaching other course participants, and will be the client of colleagues who will coach you. (also completed on Module 2). You will make a recording of yourself coaching, and will complete Assignment 1.2 Written Skills Analysis of your coaching where you will analyse your coaching according to the guidelines we give you.  Finally you will be observed while coaching another course participant on three occasions and receive feedback as you progress through Module 1.


Module 2 Assignments

  • Assignment 2:1 Profile of Self as Coach. This assignment will enable you to create your profile as a coach and become clear as to what your philosophy is, what informs how you work and how you will work with people.
  • Assignment 2:2 Practice Development Plan. This assignment will help you to plan your future development as a coach and your coaching practice.

Time commitment:

  1. 20 days for Module 1
  2. 3 days for Module 2
  3. Peer coaching -giving and receiving 4 hours coaching between each unit of Module 1 and 4 hours after Module 2 which equals a total of 20 hours as coach and 20 hours as coachee. (You will record your hours as coach as paid hours as part of building the 100 hours you require to apply for the credential of Associate Certified Coach with ICF)
  4. Reading books
  5. Writing up your learning log (journal) after or during each unit and after giving and receiving coaching and whenever you want to!
  6. Written Assignments

Potential uses of this qualification:

  1. Establish a coaching business
  2. Build the current capacity of a training/consultancy business by being able to offer another intervention.
  3. Become an even more effective manager/leader in your current role by being able to have conversations that move the organisation and those you manage forward through accessing untapped potential.
  4. Become an internal coach in your organisation providing coaching as an intervention to support staff development programmes.
  5. Be able to add to your CV an additional skill that is currently seen as highly valuable and sought by many organisations.
  6. Have different conversations with all your relationships e.g. with yourself, as a parent, son/daughter, friend, colleague, friend etc.
  7. Personal development that will enable you to access your full potential and provide you with an opportunity to grow and develop.

Today’s rapidly growing marketplace demands both a recognised educational and professional qualification.

A level 7 Special Purpose Award is an award for the completion of a course of study that is at the standard of an ordinary degree but that does not contain the volume of learning required for the award of a degree. (In England this is equivalent to an NVQ Level 5 Certificate and under the European Credit Transfer System it carries 15 credits.)


The 135 skills training hours completed in Module 1 are recognised as ICF Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH).  This means graduates have met the training requirements necessary to apply for an ICF credential at Associate Certified Coach (ACC) or Professional Certified Coach (PCC) level depending on the number of client coaching hours that they have (minimum 100 for ACC and 750 for PCC).

The Diploma in Coaching with Coaching Development, comprising Part I: Professional Coaching Skills and Part II: Developing Mastery has been awarded Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) status by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the world’s foremost independent professional coaching body

Graduates are eligible to go on to participate in Part II: Developing Mastery.  At the end of the Diploma in Coaching, graduates will have satisfied all the major requirements for ICF’s ACC level credential, and the training and examination requirements for ICF’s PCC level credential. Part II: Developing Mastery is currently available to all Certificate graduates as a distance learning programme and is administered from their UK office.  It is also available in London as a face-to-face training programme.

Programme Fee: The programme fee is €3,900

Early Bird Discount: Early Bird fee is €3,400 (for successful candidates, who pay before 17th August)

Funding Support: There is 20% funding support from the Business Excellence Skillnet for individuals owning or working in a business.

Programme Location: LIT Tipperary – Thurles Campus

Time: 9am – 5.30pm daily

Academic Year: September 2012 – June 2013

Programme Dates: Thurles 2012

Module 1: September 21 – 24
October 19 - 22
November 16 - 19
December 14 - 17

January 201318 - 21  Module 2:March  201301 - 03  Information:
For further information and an application form, contact the Coaching Programme Administrator at:

Tel: 050428117/28112 Email:
Fax: 0504 28111 Web:    




At Boston Scientific Clonmel, coaching has proven to be a crucial support in employees’ development. The coaching program has enabled us to develop internal coaches that are very capable in supporting our on-going commitment to employee development.

Rink van der Wal, Operations Manager Hybrids, Boston Scientific Corporation


Superbly run, the course covers every aspect of the co-active coaching model. Life affirming, it encourage exploration beyond the classroom and equips student with real-life skills, whether they want to apply them to coaching or not in the future. It is also the only ICF course in Ireland which for me, with the HETAC Level 7 Special Award, was essential in picking this course.

Francois Auerbach, Training Consultant

‘Involved in coaching for many years my initial objective in attending this programme was simply to get an official qualification. While I achieved this, the content and practical nature of the programme delivered such a depth of understanding into so many aspects of coaching that I cannot recommend this programme highly enough for new and ‘not so new’ coaches.

’Martin Sawyer, Managing Director, Vision2 Results


‘For me this coaching programme was a hugely rewarding experience both professionally and personally. It has given me tools to use in my current role as Learning and Development manager in a way I would not have seen before the programme. The attention to detail and professionalism of the programme contributors was exemplary. The one-to one attention and feedback was outstanding’

Angela Hogan Learning and Development Manager


This course has had a life-changing impact on my own behaviours and my interactions with colleagues. I now feel in charge of my life and know how to make meaningful changes in order to achieve my goals. By creating the space to just ‘be’ with a person we can help them achieve clarity and access their potential, this is the truly inspirational aspect of this course. Well-designed, thoughtfully managed and constantly challenging, I feel like I have received a personal software upgrade!

Siobháin Scanlon, HR Officer


High Standards, Professionalism, Top Masters, Quality Space for Learning & Change. I am so lucky that I discovered and did this programme after doing a previous course in coaching. It is amazing, unique & a remembered journey, whether for business, private or both. It needs to be experienced
Dalius Seporaitis, Transport Services


I loved everything about this course in Coaching. The trainers, mentors and guest speakers were excellent. The atmosphere was warm, friendly and encouraging with great theory and practice. I was touched, moved and inspired.

John Kelly, Spiritual Teacher


This course exceeded my expectations. The way in which it was delivered really had an impact on me personally as I experienced it. It was not just an interesting set of theories. I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in coaching or even just developing themselves as a person.
Emma Maher, Operations Manager, Financial Services

In addition to being the very best Coach Training programme around it is also a very meaningful experience personally and professionally. I have encouraged many others to do this programme and all agree it was worthwhile and of great value.

Pat Kennedy PCC, MMII Grad, Life and Business Coach, Mentor, Trainer & Consultant


"I truly recommend the Coaching Skills Programme. It was an amazing learning experience and has given me a better understanding of myself and my potential. It has improved my communication skills and my whole life as a result. I cannot recommend it highly enough!"

Joanne Morgan, Sales Account Manager


"The Coaching training was a marvellous personal support during a life transition and also for my continued education.  It was organised strategically, each weekend building on next, it had excellent presentations for learning and self-development. "

Mary Berkery Personal Empowerment Coach


“Taking part in this Coaching course was such a life changing experience. I can honestly say it has enabled me to change the way I look at the world!"

Lyndsey Davies Community Youth Worker, Tipperary Youth Regional Services


“I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I registered for the Coaching Skills Certificate Programme. However, upon completion, I realise that I have grown and learned more than I thought possible. This programme has set me on a journey to be a great coach and to make a personal and tangible commitment to take my life to a greater level”

Margaret Conway Practice Development Co-ordinator, Intellectual Disability Nursing


I did the Coaching Course in 2009 and have been grateful I did so ever since. It was very useful personally and it has given me a range of tools and skills which I use informally every day at work.

Pat Holland Course Leader, Mountain Rescue National Leadership Course

This course gave me a precious place to become my true, empowered, soul self with the added bonus of learning a new profession.
Caroline Graham

If you go to you will be able to read more feedback from the groups in Ireland who have completed this programme.


The Business Excellence Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

For more information on Skillnets Ltd, please visit


We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for jobseekers on our network programmes subject to funding being available. Please click on the following link to check if you meet Jobseekers eligibility criteria

Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills



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