Mentor training for experienced teachers

The Effective Mentoring Program is a professional learning opportunity for experienced teachers.

The Effective Mentoring Program (EMP) is designed to enhance the mentoring knowledge and skills of experienced teachers so they can support graduate and returning teachers to achieve full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), and act as the VIT-trained mentor on workplace recommendations panels (pdf - 1.34mb).

The program is delivered as a partnership between the Department of Education (DE) and the VIT.


The program is designed for experienced teachers who are mentoring provisionally registered teachers (PRTs) in:

  • government, Catholic and independent schools
  • all early childhood settings
  • non-school education settings (e.g. hospitals and zoos).

The EMP seminars will be delivered face-to-face in 2023, with a limited number of online seminars available to participants who are unable to access a face-to-face seminar.

To successfully complete the EMP and achieve certification to be a VIT trained mentor on the workplace recommendation panels, participants are required to attend day 1 and day 2 of the program and complete the pre and post online modules.

Experienced mentor teachers who have completed the EMP are eligible to attend EMP Refresher 1 day program to update their knowledge and skills.

The program is offered at no cost to schools or participants.

Apply for the program

Register for the EMP

Seminar dates and locations

Download the Effective Mentoring Program flyer (pdf - 1.34mb).

Ballarat and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 13 March 2024
  • Seminar 2: 24 April 2024

Bendigo and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 24 July 2024
  • Seminar 2: 28 August 2024

Cranbourne and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 18 June 2024
  • Seminar 2: 20 August 2024

Dandenong and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 28 February 2024
  • Seminar 2: 19 April 2024

Doncaster and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 17 April 2024
  • Seminar 2: 4 June 2024

Geelong and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 7 May 2024
  • Seminar 2: 26 June 2024

Horsham and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 27 March 2024
  • Seminar 2: 23 May 2024

Melbourne and surrounding areas

  • Program 1 - Seminar 1: 20 February 2024
  • Program 1 - Seminar 2: 25 March 2024
  • Program 2 - Seminar 1: 15 March 2024
  • Program 2 - Seminar 2: 24 April 2024
  • Program 3 - Seminar 1: 16 May 2024
  • Program 3 - Seminar 2: 11 June 2024

Mildura and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 14 August 2024
  • Seminar 2: 18 September 2024

Ringwood and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 18 July 2024
  • Seminar 2: 29 August 2024

Sale/Traralgon and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 5 March 2024
  • Seminar 2: 1 May 2024

Sandringham and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 19 March 2024
  • Seminar 2: 22 May 2024

Preston and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 23 April 2024
  • Seminar 2: 19 June 2024

Warrnambool and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 7 August 2024
  • Seminar 2: 11 September 2024

Caroline Springs and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 12 June 2024
  • Seminar 2: 25 July 2024

Wheelers Hill and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 7 March 2024
  • Seminar 2: 9 May 2024

Wangaratta and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 31 July 2024
  • Seminar 2: 4 September 2024

Refresher course 

A one-day refresher program for previously trained mentors to update and refresh their knowledge and skills is also available.


  • Refresher seminar 1: 1 March 2024
  • Refresher seminar 2: 5 June 2024
  • Refresher seminar 3: 8 August 2024
  • Refresher seminar 4: 2 September 2024 (online)

Skills developed

Participants will strengthen their mentoring skills to support PRTs through ongoing professional learning embedded in day-to-day practice. This will build the professional practice of the PRT.

Mentoring practices and skills are explored in the context of guiding and supporting PRTs, from provisional through to full VIT registration.

Program activities enable participants to explore mentoring with practiced examples and key readings to develop their skills.

Program overview

The program will:

Day one

  • identify the purpose and benefits of mentoring, and discuss how to build a strong mentoring culture
  • develop mentoring skills focused on teacher professional growth
  • unpack the role of regulation and the standards in teacher development
  • identify indicators that PRTs are ready for full registration
  •  walk through the VIT registration process

Day two

  • build practical mentoring knowledge and skills
  • understand the role of mentoring in developing leadership capacity
  • explore professional responsibilities and professional expectations, including how to discuss this with PRTs
  • unpack guidance materials and case studies.

Time is allowed for reflective conversations with other mentors to share and extend ideas and understandings.

Refresher course

The EMP Refresher will:

  • strengthen experienced mentors’ understanding of the purpose and benefits of mentoring
  • develop mentoring skills focused on teacher professional growth, including how to build a mentoring culture
  • unpack the role of regulation and the standards in teacher development
  • share the insights and experiences of established VIT mentors, and discuss updates to the application process and teacher readiness
  • delve more deeply into the role of mentoring in developing leadership capacity.

Mentor’s Self-assessment Tool

The Mentor’s Self-Assessment Tool (MSAT) has been developed for participants of the EMP. The MSAT will identify participants’ knowledge and understanding of mentoring, and support reflection on growth throughout the program.

Participants will complete the MSAT at the commencement and completion of the Effective Mentoring Program.

Mentoring capability framework

A key component of the EMP is the Mentoring Capability Framework (MCF), which provides a comprehensive guide to mentoring new teachers in Victorian government schools and other educational settings.

The purpose of the MCF is to create coherent and consistent mentoring experiences. It describes the expectations and behaviours of mentors and mentees in successful professional learning relationships in six domains.

Recognising that relationships require time and other structural supports to flourish, the MCF also sets out the common elements of a school culture in which learning with and from colleagues is everyone's responsibility.

Mentoring capability framework


Mentoring capability framework for early childhood educators

School leaders value their mentors and share how they are employed.


More information

For further information about the effective mentoring program and the requirements for provisionally registered teachers to become fully registered, visit the Victorian Institute of Teaching website.

For more information for Early Childhood educators, visit Mentor training for experienced early childhood teachers.

For guidance, tools and training for mentors to support the induction of new teachers, visit Induction portal for new and beginning teachers.

EMP fact sheet and frequently asked questions (pdf - 277.2kb).