About the ILM

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The ILM is an awarding body for leadership and management qualifications here in the UK. It is part of the City & Guilds Group. Its main aim is to improve the leadership and management capability by providing ILM qualifications that are practically based and designed to complement the individual’s role at work.

The majority of the ILM’s qualifications are aligned to the UK’s Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). The ILM qualifications begin at level 2, such as the ILM Award in Team Leading, and continue up to level 7, such as the ILM Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Executive Management. Other specialist qualifications cover skills in volunteer management, business start-up, coaching, and personnel management. All ILM qualifications have been accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

ILM approves a network of centres worldwide to deliver its qualifications and Focus Management is such a centre.

The ILM was formed in November 2001 through the merger of the Institute of Supervision and Management (ISM) founded by J. K. Evans C.B.E in 1962 and the National Examining Board for Supervision and Management (NEBS). It became an organisation within the City & Guilds Group but had independent awarding body status. It was based in Lichfield. However, in 2015 the Institute of Leadership and Management and the awarding body decided to go their separate ways and have now become the ‘ILM’ which is the awarding body and the Institute of Leadership and Management which is the membership organisation. The ‘ILM’ remains under the control of the City & Guilds Group and the Institute of Leadership and Management is now a totally separate organisation.

Membership of The Institute of Leadership and Management is open to leaders and managers of all levels, including those with no practical experience. There is student membership for individuals taking ILM qualifications. There are currently five grades of membership that entitle the member to use post-nominal letters - Affiliate (AInstLM), Associate Member (AMInstLM), Member (MInstLM), Fellow (FInstLM) and Companion (CInstLM), this, the highest grade is an honorary award for services to leadership and management. Membership is validated by an official membership certificate and membership card. Members receive a range of services to help with their Continuous Professional Development (CPD), although this isn't mandatory, including access to e-books, electronic learning materials, and paid-for events.

Edge is The Institute of Leadership and Management’s in-house magazine, 6 issues per annum, looking at the latest leadership and management issues. Available in hard copy and online, it is distributed to The Institute of Leadership and Management members, organisations offering management training and HR directors. Similar articles are however generally available for free on the internet. General leadership and management 'news' is also widely available across the internet on various news sites.


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