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ILM Level 3 Certificate in First Line Management


Minimum of 120 guided learning hours



The ILM Level 3 Certificate in First Line Management aims to give practising or potential first line managers the foundation for their formal development in this role.  The qualification does this by developing basic management skills and assisting participants in gaining the basic knowledge required by a manager.  This qualification builds on the ILM Level 3 Award in First Line Management and broadens the skills and knowledge in a flexible and practical way.  Candidates are not required to undertake the Award as a pre-requisite and may join Certificate programmes directly.


Minimum of 120 guided learning hours, excluding assessment, to be completed normally within two years,
Credit Value
This is expected to be 20 credits at Level 3
  • A short induction lasting 2 hours, plus
  • Tutorial support – at least four hours
  • Four mandatory units with a credit value of 7
  • Optional units with a minimum total credit of 13
Each participant must complete to a satisfactory national standard
Mandatory Units
  • Work-based assignment
  • Change management report
Optional Units
  • Depending on the units selected, a choice of: work-based assignments, reflective reviews, knowledge reviews, oral presentation, role-play/scenarios, written reports or centre-devised alternatives.
Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements but participants will normally be practising or aspiring first line managers with the opportunity to meet the assessment demands and have a background that will enable them to benefit from the programme.
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