Published on May 10th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Resilient Pilot Achieves Gold Mentoring And Coaching Accreditation

Resilient Pilot, the not-for-profit organisation established in May 2020 to provide support for pilots and crew around the world, is marking its two-year milestone with a Gold!

Resilient Pilot recently announced that they have been accredited at Gold Level as an organisation that provides International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes (ISMCP). The accreditation is conferred by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

The ISMCP Gold Level is the highest possible independent accreditation awarded to organisations designing, delivering and evaluating mentoring and/or coaching programmes. It is an integral and essential step on the path to establishing the professional credibility and status of good mentoring and/or coaching programme management, ensuring programmes are:

  • Thoughtfully designed
  • Systematically managed
  • Significantly contributing to the development of participants

The EMCC exists to develop, promote and set the expectation of best practice in mentoring, coaching and supervision globally.

Resilient Pilot founder and CEO, Stuart Beech said “This is testament to the calibre and commitment of our amazing team of volunteer mentors and specialist coaches. We believe this accreditation is unique in the airline industry and it further endorses our credibility worldwide. It is also recognition of the interest in personal resilience development shown by our members.”

Resilient Pilot has provided free mentoring and coaching to hundreds of pilots around the world since it launched in 2020. The organisation has always aligned its methodology to the EMCC competencies and has a blended approach to mentoring, coaching and facilitated self-development. Pilots and crew come to Resilient Pilot for help with a range of challenges from juggling life, managing change and safeguarding wellbeing; to researching career and training options, preparing for Direct Entry Pilot and Command interviews and refreshing competencies.

In recent times, the team reported that not only are they continuing to provide support for pilots still out of work, but they are also seeing an increase in operational pilots joining to enhance their skills alongside the training offered by their airline employers.

Resilient Pilot – a not-for-profit organisation – confirms that their mentoring and coaching support for individual pilots and cabin crew around the world will continue to be offered for free; regardless of career phase and current employment position. The team also host free weekly webinars on a variety of aviation-related topics. Additionally, members of the ‘Resilient Crew Room’ can benefit from included or discounted monthly technical, non-technical and ‘Competency Development Scenario’ virtual workshops. Furthermore, the ‘Resilience Development Programme’ provides a pioneering, virtual experience that aims to enhance continuous development, self-evaluation skills, resilience and – ultimately – operational performance and safety.

Beech continued, “I am very proud of how Resilient Pilot has responded to industry needs and evolved over the past two years. To be in a position to announce that we have achieved Gold Level on our second anniversary is an added bonus! We look forward to what the future holds for personal and professional continuous development and self-evaluation in our industry.”

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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