The Institute Approved Scheme

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Builds engagement

Development is recognised and bench-marked

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Gives credibility

Provides a kitemark of quality for your leadership development programmes


Sets you apart

Differentiates you from the competition and broadens your reach

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Raises your profile

With your customers or employees

Professional recognition of your leadership learning programme. 

We work with you to verify independently that the leadership elements of your programmes provide the most up-to-date approaches and content.

Once approved, you get...

  • An accredited leadership development programme that is contemporary, engaging and focuses on improving practice.
  • Use of the Institute Approved Kitemark on your product collateral, website and promotional materials. 
  • Your organisation's logo on our ‘Institute Approved’ page (including a link to your website).
  • Complimentary membership to The Institute for the programme leader/manager.
  • Preferential advertising rates in The Institute's quarterly printed and digital journal, EDGE.
  • Dedicated relationship manager to support you.


What is Institute Approved?


Your options.

  • Institute Approved Programme (Kitemark + studying membership for each learner)
Your leadership development programme is assessed and accredited, alongside complimentary student membership with The Institute for each of your learners. This provides additional learning resources and access to our community to support their journey. 
You can also enhance your programme with a customised leadership pathway 
  • Institute Approved (Kitemark only)
For organisations who want to ensure their own leadership development programmes meet the Institute's high standards and to showcase their achievement by displaying their Institute Approved status. 


Your investment.

The initial investment for the accreditation of your first programme is:
  • Small business (T/O below £25m)                 £ 1,500 +VAT 
  • Medium business (T/O up to £500m)           £ 2,000 +VAT 
  • Large business (T/O over £500m)                 £ 3,000 +VAT
Where included, studying membership is billed at £65 +VAT per learner. 
If a leadership pathway is included, we will work with you to customise it to your needs and pricing may vary.


To accredit any additional programmes, there is a further fee of £500 +VAT per programme title.


Have a question?  Take a look at our FAQs

Review the Assessment Criteria and Guidelines

  1. The purpose of the learning programme and its target audience are clearly stated
  2. The learning supports demonstrable improved leadership practice
  3. Consideration is given to learner inclusivity and accessibility to support the learning needs of diverse groups
  4. Reference to models, theories and explanations are current and relevant
  5. Collaborative learning is encouraged
  6. The level of facilitation provided and the extent to which the development is self-directed are both clearly stated
  7. The learning includes an element of self-awareness and reflection
  8. Learning activities are organised in multiple formats and different methods used to aid all types of learner
  9. Learner feedback is gathered and evaluated and informs the design of future programmes
  10. The programme reflects the values of The Institute of Leadership


Institute Approved Clients

It is a pleasure doing business with you and such a joy after my previous provider. I know we are just a tiny business but the attention you give doesn’t make us feel small. Totally no regrets about the switch!

Helen Sieroda, Wise Goose

The feedback received has been really positive. Some learners are saying it’s not just a good learning experience is actually changing their behaviours. High performance is now an everyday conversation, and it's starting to be part of the culture in the business.

Rob Houghton, Siemens Energy


Case Studies.

Discover how we have helped businesses of all shapes and sizes, on their leadership journey.

How we helped




Help your teams feel proud of their achievements.

We issue digital credentials to all delegates on an Institute Approved programme, making it much more attractive to learners. Get your programme accredited today!

Get Institute Approved