The ABM Professional coach mentor accreditation is a new qualification designed by the ABM with one of the world’s pioneers of coaching and mentoring, Professor David Clutterbuck, for business coaches and mentors looking to promote themselves as a professional business coach-mentor in their field. 

We are pleased to now offer the whole accreditation process online and at a reduced rate from the original face to face assessment of £495 to £200 for ABM Full Members. The accreditation is also open to non-members, but they will need to become Full Members of the ABM first and pay 12 months membership (£200 as a one off fee, or £55 a quarter, plus a £70 joining fee), as well as the assessment fee. No VAT is charged. 

The qualification is unique to the business mentoring and coaching landscape in the UK and Europe. Its unique assessment process evaluates the amalgamated use of: 

  • Coaching and mentoring techniques 
  • Fundamental business experience 
  • Directive and non-directive approach 
  • Empathy and manner 

ABM Full Member and the first accredited ABM Professional Coach Mentor, Christine Nicholson, said: 

“As a mentor I looked for ways to maintain professional standards but there was no suitable support until I discovered the ABM.  Accreditation, as a professional qualification, has boosted my enthusiasm for further learning in mentoring.  My clients noticed an immediate, subtle difference in my sessions.  I am more consciously present in my practice.

Wondering if you should do it?  Accreditation sets a high threshold of professionalism in mentors.  It’s a seal of approval that you are a safe pair of hands with proven experience and knowledge. 

What happens? It’s a tough process, consisting of an application form, in-depth and insightful interview and an observed mentoring session.  I learned a lot about my strengths and weaknesses through each part of the application.  I can’t recommend it enough to those serious about having professional standards in business mentoring.  It will set you apart from the crowd.”

Application process 

To be considered for the qualification, applicants must be a Full member of the Association of Business Mentors.   

To inquire about the process, please email ABM Founder [email protected] 

How does the accreditation process work? 

The accreditation takes place over two sessions, including one preparation morning with Kerrie Dorman (held virtually), and one day for the actual assessment process (held virtually). The applicant will be required for their panel interview and a one hour live mentoring session with a business owner. Introductions will be made prior to the assessment.

Click here for information on the accreditation process and here for the pathway to becoming a professional coach mentor. 

The assessors and facilitators

The accreditation process is assessed by a panel of renowned experts (3 – 4 will assess you on the day), including international academics, in mentoring and coaching. Their experience includes starting, running and selling businesses and all are practicing mentors and coaches, internationally. The panel includes: 


ABM Members - £200 (no VAT charged) 

Non-ABM Members - £270 - includes initial ABM membership set up fee (no VAT charged) 

  • Plus £200 (annual membership as a one off payment) or £55 per quarter for 12 months. For those paying quarterly, you will need to pay the full four quarters of membership. 

The investment includes: 

  • Assessment day support
  • Assessment day 
  • One to one feedback via phone
  • Certificate and soft logo for successful applicants

To inquire about the process, please email ABM Founder [email protected]

The Association of Business Mentors is registered in England and Wales under company number 7533326 at The Nest, 12-18 Sampson Street, London, E1W 1NA
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