The Challenge Leader Programme

We are very excited to announce that the Challenge Leader Programme is now Approved by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)! Leaders who wish to enrol on the Programme will receive an exclusive certificate recognising their achievements as a Challenge Leader, access to the bespoke ILM learning portal, as well as discounted membership to the Institute of Leadership and Management, and more!


The Programme

The Challenge Leader Programme is a qualification endorsed and ‘Institute Approved’ by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). It closely resembles the responsibilities you fulfil as a challenge leader, except with a few online learning components provided by ILM. Once you’ve completed the extra components and return from your challenge, you will receive a certificate from ILM. This is a massive opportunity to set yourself apart when job-hunting in the future.

ILM Components

The ILM components to be completed are split into five ‘Dimensions of Leadership’, and consist of the following:

  • Collaboration: Teamworking & Communicating

  • Ownership: Time Management & Problem Solving

  • Authenticity: Self-awareness & Supporting

  • Achievement: Managing Performance & Resilience

  • Vision: Creativity & Inspiring

The ILM Website

You can find the ILM website here. Please have a skim through to acquaint yourself with their website before getting signed-up.



The Challenge Leader Programme is an awesome opportunity for you to formally quantify your achievements as a challenge leader throughout your year - a real asset to your CV. You will be recognised by an established leadership institution - who approve leadership initiatives by a number of national training schemes and accredited universities - through your efforts. By taking part in the programme, you will receive a e-badges for each online ILM component completed, a discounted Associate membership to the Institute of Leadership and Management, a certificate upon completion, and much more…

Getting Started

First, you’ll have to get acquainted with ILM. You’ll need to read this blog, and read through the Challenge Leader Programme overview, which you can find here. Once you have done the above, you can apply for your position on the ILM Programme by filling our this form. After filling out the form, we’ll assess whether you have fulfilled enough of your challenge leader responsibilities to be admitted to the programme. Subsequently, we’ll be in touch about the next steps. It is likely that a Facebook group will be created as a forum for discussions and questions.

Please note: you must have attended a Challenge Leader Training Day to take part in the Programme.


See below an example timeline of the process, from sign-up to completion.

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If you have any questions about the qualification or how to get involved, drop one of the team a message or give us an email at

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