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Institute of Leadership & Management

About the award

The Royal Air Force has recently become a corporate member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). ILM is the largest awarding body for management and leadership qualifications with over 75,000 registrations each year. It is also a leading professional body offering personal and professional development opportunities to around 20,000 managers at all stages of their career.

ILM has always had strong links with the RAF and, in recognition of the importance of this relationship, we have negotiated a corporate membership scheme which is specially tailored to meet the particular needs of our service.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note these awards DO NOT attract AIP or SLC

Which grade will I be eligible for? Please note that this ILM membership is not a qualification

Please see the table below as a guide to membership grades.

JNCO Newly appointed managers or Level 2 qualification/equivalent military trainingAffiliate (AInstLM)
Junior Officers
Level 3 qualification/equivalent military training or 5 years as an NCO or commissioned serviceAssociate Member (AMInstLM)
Regular Officers
Level 3 qualification/equivalent military training or 5 years as an NCO or commissioned serviceMember (MInstLM)
WO & Sqn Ldr & aboveDegree level qualification (level 5) / equivalent military training and 5 years in rank with approval by ILM Fellowship PanelFellow (FInstLM)*

How do I benefit?

ILM is widely recognised by employers who understand that membership of a professional body demonstrates your commitment to self-development and that you are serious about further developing your management and leadership skills.
The attached membership application forms give a brief outline of the many membership benefits which will be available to you:

• Edge, a magazine on leadership and management, packed with practical tips
• Career development services
• Member events for networking with managers outside the RAF
• Resource centre to keep you up-to-date with the latest management thinking
• On-line questionnaire to assess your team leader skills
• Discounts on hotels, financial and insurance services
• and much more….

Further information about ILM Membership can be found on the ILM website or by contacting the ILM membership department at

How do I apply?

You can apply directly by completing the application form found at on the ILM website. Follow this link to the dedicated ILM Armed Forces page.

What happens next?

ILM will write to you at your preferred address (work or home) to acknowledge receipt of your application, inform you of your membership grade and to let you know when your subscription will be taken (normally at the end of the following month from receipt of your application form). Once payment has been processed, you will receive a welcome pack via HQPTC containing an acknowledgement of your fee, your membership card and certificate, together with the latest copy of Edge, ILM News and our directory of membership benefits.

Who do I contact if I have any queries?

Sqn Ldr Chris Kay
22 Group
SO2 Accreditation and Education Wing
Room 221, Trenchard Hall
RAF Cranwell
NG34 8HB

Tel: Military 95751 6997
Tel: Civillian 01400 266997

Fax: Military 95751 8180
Fax: Civillian 01400 268180

Email: (Intranet)

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