The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has introduced two qualifications to reflect the growing emphasis on 'soft skills', such as communication, teamworking and staff development.
The CIPD has launched a new Certificate in Leadership and a new Advanced Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.
The programme has been introduced as more evidence emerges of the importance that coaching and mentoring styles have on the success of all types of companies.
The new certificates are also an important step in shifting the skills of coaching and mentoring on to a professional level.
Eric Parsloe, director of the Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring (OSC&M), said corporate clients are increasingly demanding “an authoritative and objective source of information” to help them distinguish between the thousands of mentoring styles on offer.