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Programme levels

Pink Stairway

As a training provider, we run programmes on a range of topics at different levels from stress management to health coaching and cognitive behavioural therapy

Our programmes are at various levels from introductory to advanced:  


  • Primary certificates (introductory to intermediate)

  • Foundation Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (introductory)

  • Foundation Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural & Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (introductory)

  • Certificate in Coaching (introductory level)

  • Certificate in Stress Management (introductory)

  • Certificate in Stress Management, Health & Wellbeing Coaching (introductory)

  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (introductory to intermediate)

  • Certificate in Stress Management & Performance Coaching (introductory)

  • Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies and Stress Management (intermediate)

  • Diploma in Coaching (intermediate/advanced level) 

  • Diploma in Psychological Coaching and the Diploma in Coaching Psychology (advanced level)


The Levels quoted are ​provided as a general guide for comparative uses only. For example, if you  have little or no counselling or coaching experience and/or no relevant coaching qualifications, then it may be advisable to start your training with an introductory programme. As our courses are not university accredited, our introductory, intermediate and advanced levels do not directly relate to the Framework for Higher Education Qualification (FHEQ) and Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) qualification levels. Our courses are not regulated by Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

The International Academy for Professional Development Ltd and affiliated Centre for Stress Management offer a range of bespoke courses that have been designed and developed specifically as initial, intermediate and continuing professional development programmes (ie IPD or CPD) recognised, accredited or approved by leading professional bodies

Certificates of attendance are provided on all programmes. There is an opportunity to enrol for an IAFPD TILM Development programmes. Although these are not qualifications, the TILM have evaluated all aspects of programme delivery. On completion of their programme, Learners receive a TILM Development certificate.


In order to obtain a Centre for Stress Management, International Academy for Professional Development Ltd (IAFPD) primary certificate, certificate, diploma or advanced diploma, additional work will need to be successfully completed, for example, a Post Programme Review (PPR). These programmes lead to Centre and IAFPD Certificates of Achievement. They do not provide academic credits.The programmes are all recognised by relevant professional bodies for the purposes of continuing professional development. Some professional bodies recognise courses as initial or intermediate professional development for learners or their members working towards accreditation or recognition by the professional body, for example, the International Society for Coaching Psychology and the Association for Coaching (ie Accredited Advanced Diploma in Coaching). The Institute of Leadership and Management recognise our two, 5-day TILM Development Programmes as leading to associate and full membership of their professional body.


Most certificated programmes including 2-day primary certificates involve pre-programme reading/preparation and Post Programme Reviews (PPR) undertaken at home or at your office. Depending upon the programme, the PPR is 750 words (primary programme) or 1000 words (certificate programme). Diploma and Advanced Diploma programmes require additional work.


If you have any queries about course levels or course recognition/accreditation, please contact Peter Ruddell, the Training Director. 

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