Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions about CILM 

Find answers to commonly asked questions about CILM

Is this course exclusively just for on-site construction staff or is the course suitable for office staff ?

The course is suitable for onsite supervisors and managers, aswell as team leaders, supervisors and managers working in office environment in the construction sector.

Can you adapt the course for delegates with additional learning requirements?

Absolutely. We are committed to making all necessary adjustments to meet the specific requirements of each delegate, as we seek to promote an inclusive learning environment.

Is there a minimum number of delegates required to book on?

When booking on an open course, no, but an in-house course requires a minimum of 8 delegates.

How does the funding process work?

Training is fully funded. Commonly the assumption is, as an employer you have to pay for the training and claim it back from CITB. However, for this training provision, you do not pay anything minus the ILM Registration Fee of £151.

As long as the company is CITB Levy Registered, you are eligible for funding. Upon receipt of the booking form, we will check the company’s levy status with CITB. No further application for funding is required by the company.

Is the CILM an NVQ?

No, this ILM programme is a Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ). That means that evidence is gathered in a similar way to an NVQ, but the expectations on the learners are slightly different. The units in this VRQ are made up of assessment criteria, so learners must provide evidence that they know/understand/can demonstrate particular competencies by the end of the programme.

There are no workplace observations, but delegates are asked to provide authentic work products (such as site diaries) to demonstrate that they are completing management activities in their role. Likewise, taskwork during the training workshops generates evidence, and further credit can be achieved through professional discussion. Evidence is then centralised in an electronic portfolio, meaning the learner can review progress and received tailored feedback. Every learner is allocated a dedicated trainer and assessor, and they will go into detail about the specifics of evidence required at every step of the learner journey.

What if learners have completed some management training before?

It is possible to class previous, relevant qualifications as Recognition of/Approved Prior Learning (R/APL). For example, if you have completed a Level 6 NVQ in Construction Site Management, there might be evidence we can cross-reference to the CILM, if the evidence is still in date and meets the assessment criteria.

However, it is unlikely that all criteria will be met by another qualification, as the true value of CILM lies in its innovative approach and unique applicability to the construction industry.

Do learners have to complete controlled examinations?

No – as a vocational qualification, we use assessment methods to reflect what learners are actually doing in their management roles. This means gathering evidence of work related to management, and reflective discussions on the course/with the assessor. At the end of each workshop, we complete a short knowledge check quiz, but most delegates are pleased to discover these are multiple choice.

Are ILM/C-ILM the same thing?

There are distinct differences between the two. ILM (Institute of Management & Leadership) is the professional membership arm of City & Guilds, the awarding body who accredit the qualification. ILM qualifications are internationally recognised as high-quality training programmes for managers and leaders. The CILM (Construction ILM) is a management and leadership course developed specifically for the construction industry, entitled Level 3 Leadership & Management Practice for the Construction & Built Environment Sector. The five core units have been crafted to fit bespoke niches in the industry, as well as offering a solid grounding in leadership and management skills found in most ILM qualifications.

Does the ILM course need to be completed in 5 consecutive days, or is there flexibility to split it over several weeks?

The free ILM course is designed with flexibility in mind, accommodating to various professional schedules. It can be undertaken either as an intensive 5-day block or over 5 separate sessions (1 session per module) spread over several weeks, allowing learners to choose a learning schedule that best aligns with their existing commitments.

Is an ILM Level 3 Qualification, a recognised qualification?

Yes, an ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Level 3 qualification is widely recognised, particularly in the United Kingdom and in other countries that value UK-based professional certifications. The ILM is a reputable organisation, and its qualifications are considered a benchmark for quality in leadership and management training.

This will provide you with outstanding recognition of your leadership and management skills, helping to significantly enhance your career growth and the value of your training.

What are the progression routes?

Progression through to Diploma Level

One route to progression, is the opportunity to undertake the ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management Practice for the Construction and Built Environment Sector Diploma. This is a potential pathway which is open to those who are successful in achieving both the award and certificate level.

The Diploma offers a more comprehensive, in-depth learning and development opportunity for construction industry professionals. This pathway allows learners to expand their skill sets in various management and leadership domains, equipping them to enhance operational performance and collaborate effectively across all levels, on site.

Progression routes to additional qualifications:

There are additional pathways for progression available, which enable you to pursue additional construction related qualifications. These include:

  • ILM Level 3 and 4 qualifications in Leadership and Management
  • Level 3 or 4 NVQ in Site Supervision (QCF)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Site Supervision
  • Foundation Degree in Construction Site Management (FdSc)
  • Level 6 NVQ in Construction Site Management (QCF)
  • Obtain an Academically Qualified Person (AQP) card through the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) through completion of either the certificate or diploma level.
What is the ILM Registration Fee?

The training is completely free and fully funded by CITB. However, there is a one- off, ILM Registration Fee of £151. Through the £151 ILM Registration fee, delegates will receive a minimum of 12 months members to the Institute of Leadership and Management, allowing them to access a wealth of valuable resources to support their leadership development journey.

Is the £151 registration fee, per delegate?

Yes, the ILM Registration Fee is set at £151 per delegate. For instance, if you as an employer, register five employees from your company, the ILM Registration Fee would be applicable for each of the five delegates.

Where is the course delivered?

We offer C-ILM courses at various locations across the UK. You can find a comprehensive list of these locations on our website (insert link to locations tab), Alternatively, in-line with our dedication to providing adaptable solutions, we can also arrange in-house courses at your location upon request.

Is this course available for virtual learning?

Yes, this course can be delivered virtually upon request. At The OM Group we understand the constraints and logistical issues that may exist within the construction, when it comes to training. We value the importance of flexibility and in-line with our delegate-centric approach, we offer the option to undertake this course, virtually.

If your question wasn’t answered above,  please contact us or 0344 288 9000 to speak to a member of our friendly team, who will be more than happy to help you with your query.

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