General course information

In this section we cover a number of items related to our courses and programmes. 


The International Academy for Professional Development Ltd and affiliated centre bespoke courses have been designed and developed specifically as continuing or intermediate professional development programmes (ie CPD or IPD) recognised by leading professional bodies


Some courses lead to associate or full membership of professional bodies including the Institute for Leadership and Management and International Stress Management Association (UK). Successful completion of our Advanced Diploma in Coaching course can lead to accreditation with the Association for Coaching. Our IAFPD courses and programmes are not regulated by Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). They do not provide university credits.

Generally the courses are suitable for coaches, trainers, managers, personnel staff, management consultants, psychologists, health and caring professionals who wish to learn more about coaching. However, participants also include those interested in a career change. It is important that potential delegates check that the course is suitable for their level of experience and qualifications.​



Learners should attend over 90% of an individual course to satisfy the attendance requirements. If this is not possible then students are advised to apply when they can meet the criteria.

Learners attending courses are expected to switch off their mobile phones (or turn on to silence) during lectures and workshops. Normal rules of confidentiality apply to all of the courses therefore recording of the workshops is not permitted. A short homework assignment may be set at the end of the first day of the course such a reading an article. Unless stated otherwise, all of the courses are not opportunities to work out personal issues which may need the support of personal coaching or therapy but a commitment to self-disclosure in relation to course learning, skills training and personal awareness will be expected.  


If we cancel a course, workshop or conference, delegates will be offered the choice of a 100% refund or a direct transfer to another event run by the Centre and Academy. No liability is accepted for any consequential loss or any other expenses directly or indirectly incurred by any cancellation.

We are aware of most of the other programmes available in Coaching in the UK and do not under normal circumstances accredit prior learning as the majority of these differ in their content. However, we do not recommend that experienced coaching professionals take our introductory courses without first discussing the course content with the Training Director, Peter Ruddell. Learners may wish to demonstrate their knowledge through the International Academy for Professional Development’s Certificate in Work Based Professional Development or Certificate in Professional Development or apply for a higher level programme. Experienced qualified coaches or psychologists with advanced training in coaching or coaching psychology can in the first instance send their CV to the Course Director in order to discuss their coaching qualifications and experience and course suitability.

Certificates of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are issued to Learners who complete a primary certificate or certificate course. Most taught courses have a take-home exam paper assignment which if successful leads to the issue of a certificate verifying the course has been passed. We supply referencing guidelines to aid this process. The majority of courses have a manual supplied and articles emailed pre-course or supplied during the course, free of additional charge. Some courses have a book supplied and others require students to purchase materials prior to the course (see individual courses for details).   


A primary certificate or full certificate is only awarded to participants who successfully complete a written assignment/seen exam paper undertaken after the course at the Learner's home or office within 42 days of the course or programme. An extension can be negotiated if necessary otherwise a late submission fee of £20 plus VAT is charged for late assignments. If the submission arrives later than 60 months, then the fee is £50 plus VAT due to the additional administration costs. Please note that as external course accreditations may vary overtime, there is no guarantee that they will still apply if a course assignment is submitted 18 months after a course has been attended.  

All manuals contain references and bibliography: the items contained within this are not supplied (except as above). While students may wish to follow up one or more of these, they are not essential to pass the course. 
Generally, students can pass the take home exam papers or assignments (which require 40% or above to pass the course) by using notes taken throughout the course, the manual (a primary reference source which also cites secondary reference sources) and any other pre-course and on-course materials supplied (* or as required as above). There are a range of free resources that can be accessed externally such as search engines.
Learners are informed whether they pass or fail an assignment. If they pass, they are provided with a named certificate delivered electronically. In the event of failing the assignment, they would usually be given an opportunity to retake it following some general guidance. No further guidance is provided.


Our courses are at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Please visit our Course levels page for additional information.


Apart from our CPD programmes, the majority of our courses do involve assignments. Plagiarism is a form of cheating which applies to all assessments. It is important not to intentionally nor unintentionally use someone else’s intellectual work and present it as your own. Please visit our Plagiarism page for more information.



All of the CPD courses have a printed manual provided. The Certificate in Coaching and the Primary Certificate in Stress Management each have a set book provided by the Centres, the cost of which is included in the course fees. Many of the courses have pre-reading provided in electronic format and hard copies of articles provided during the course. Any materials including manuals that are provided as hard copies are not provided in electronic form.



The International Academy for Professional Development and affiliated centres retain copyright of all materials and course design. Learners and delegates are given permission to photocopy client/coachee handouts and worksheets for their clients and coachees only. Material and manuals are not licensed for electronic distribution or re-sale.

For Learners who attend the course for the purpose of Continuing Professional Development, there is no need to complete the home assignment or seen exam paper unless a named certificate is required.


All course fees must be paid six weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Before purchasing non-refundable flights, train tickets, etc. students are strongly advised to confirm with the Centre that the course has sufficient enrolments for it to run.


The course fee for the Advanced Diploma in Coaching (Accredited by the Association for Coaching) is comprised of a number of elements and is in addition to the fee for the taught courses taken. It covers the development and maintenance of the programme with the Association for Coaching, course administration, organising group forums and supervision sessions (over zoom), scrutiny of submitted materials including professional and academic assessment of the following at the completion of the programme:

  • Coach Learning Log 

  • Coaching Practise Log 

  • Coaching Supervisor Reference 

  • Final Submission form with a report of completed coaching with coachee personal approach to coaching


If you have any queries about the course fees and structure please contact Peter Ruddell, the Training Director.


Our courses are recognised, accredited and approved by a number of leading professional bodies. Please visit our Accreditation page for more details. If you are unsure about the difference between a course being accredited, approved or recognised, and a practitioner being accredited please visit our What is Accreditation page for a fuller explanation.


By attending our TILM Development Programmes, our Learners become eligible to join the Institute of Leadership and Management (TILM) at Associate and Full Member levels. Successful completion of the 5-day Coaching Development Programme or the 5-day Psychological Coaching Programme provides eligibility at Associate Membership Level of the Institute of Leadership and Management (subject to completion of the administrative forms). Successful completion of both programmes provides eligibility of the Institute at Full Membership level.

For further information about taking our Development programmes in order to be eligible to join the Institute of Leadership and Management, please visit our Centre Hub that has been launched to focus on this professional route.

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