Title Certification of Mentors and Tutors
Project Number LLP-LDV-TOI-12-AT-0015
Product Competence Certification Scheme ISO 17024 certified Mentor
Title Competence Certification Scheme ISO 17024 certified Mentor
Product Type transparency and certification
Marketing Text The current picture is of increasing importance being attached to work-based learning, with consequent skill demands being placed on those involved in managing and supporting it (including workplace mentors), coupled with training and certification for mentors that is currently patchy. The certification scheme developed in Certi.MenTu is designed to fill the gaps in this area.
The present certification scheme, referenced to EQF level 5, develops and confirms the competence of certificate-holders to act as mentors for learners in the workplace. A competence matrix including transparent, competence-oriented standards as guidelines for quality criteria for mentoring, applying the competence basis formulated in ISO 17024, as well as a competence - landscape were created as a basis for the certification programme. As part of the certification scheme a modular educational programme, which teaches the application of specific tools, stimulates self-experience and imparts knowledge about the wide range of approaches in relationship formation (overarching approach combining different schools of thought) was created.
It guarantees homogeneity and due to the individually designed modules it meets personal requirements of the target group for further education. Recertification as provided for in ISO 17024 is used as an element of quality enhancement and a step towards lifelong learning.
Target group Project partnership, external stakeholders, interested learners (teachers, trainers, advisors, supervisors), VET providers, certifying bodies, political decision makers
Result The certification scheme is an important and easy to use tool for the confirmation and certification of competences of mentors achieved in formal and also in informal and non-formal learning.
Area of application
The programme is designed for people acting as mentors to learners on work-based programmes and employment placements. Mentors will normally be employed in the same organisation the learner is working or placed in, although it is possible for the mentor to be an experienced practitioner in the same area of work but in another organisation. The programme is designed for a range of contexts that include mentors of:
• Vocational or higher education students on temporary placement
• Apprentices, trainees and part-time students
• Persons entering the workplace or on work placements or trials with support from a third party (e.g. an employment agency or rehabilitation organisation).
The occupational area relating to mentoring may be at any level, e.g. from an introduction to work at a basic skill level through to postgraduate professional training