Mentor training for experienced teachers

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

It seeks to enhance the mentoring knowledge and skills of participants so they can support graduate and returning teachers in achieving full registration.

The program is delivered as a partnership between the Department of Education and Training (the department) and the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).


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

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

The EMP seminars will be delivered either online or face-to-face. Participants will be informed directly of any changes to delivery mode due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Participants who register for the program 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 in the past two to three years are also eligible to attend a ‘refresher’ one day program to update their knowledge and skills.

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

Apply for the program

Registrations open on 22 February 2022

Register for the

Seminar dates and locations, delivery mode and seminar codes

Download the Effective Mentoring Program flyer (pdf - 274.56kb).


  • Seminar 1: 30 March, online (seminar code: 104)
  • Seminar 2: 25 May, online (seminar code: 204)


  • Seminar 1: 8 September, face-to-face (seminar code: 120)
  • Seminar 2: 20 October, face-to-face (seminar code: 220)

Cranbourne/ Packenham 

  • Seminar 1: 28 July, face-to-face (seminar code: 116)
  • Seminar 2: 1 September, face-to-face (seminar code: 216)


  • Seminar 1: 16 March, online (seminar code: 101)
  • Seminar 2: 16 May, online (seminar code: 201)


  • Seminar 1: 17 Marchonline (seminar code: 102)
  • Seminar 2: 23 Mayonline (seminar code: 202)


  • Seminar 1: 15 Juneonline (seminar code: 114)
  • Seminar 2: 19 Julyface-to-face (seminar code: 214)


  • Seminar 1: 21 Juneface-to-face (seminar code: 115)
  • Seminar 2: 1 Augustface-to-face (seminar code: 215)


  • Seminar 1: 3 Mayonline (seminar code: 106)
  • Seminar 2: 3 Juneonline (seminar code: 206)
  • Seminar 1: 5 Mayonline (seminar code: 108)
  • Seminar 2: 8 Juneonline (seminar code: 208)
  • Seminar 1: 19 Augustface-to-face (seminar code: 118)
  • Seminar 2: 18 Octoberface-to-face (seminar code: 218)


  • Seminar 1: 10 Augustface-to-face (seminar code: 117)
  • Seminar 2: 15 Septemberface-to-face (seminar code: 217)


  • Seminar 1: 27 Mayface-to-face (seminar code: 111)
  • Seminar 2: 27 Julyface-to-face (seminar code: 211)


  • Seminar 1: 20 Mayonline (seminar code: 110)
  • Seminar 2: 24 Juneonline (seminar code: 210)


  • Seminar 1: 4 Mayonline (seminar code: 107  )
  • Seminar 2: 6 Juneonline (seminar  code: 207  )

Taylors Lakes 

  • Seminar 1: 19 Mayface-to-face  (seminar code: 109)
  • Seminar 2: 15 Julyface-to-face (seminar code: 209)


  • Seminar 1: 13 Septemberface-to-face (seminar code: 121)
  • Seminar 2: 25 Octoberface-to-face (seminar code: 221)


  • Seminar 1: 23 August, face-to-face (seminar code: 119)
  • Seminar 2: 19 October, face-to-face (seminar code: 219)


  • Seminar 1: 31 March, online (seminar code: 105)
  • Seminar 2: 11 May, online (seminar code: 205)
  • Seminar 1: 30 May, face-to-face (seminar code: 112)
  • Seminar 2: 15 August, face-to-face (seminar code: 212)

Wheelers Hill 

  • Seminar 1: 22 March, online (seminar code: 103)
  • Seminar 2: 16 June, online (seminar code: 203)


  • Seminar 1: 31 May, face-to-face (seminar  code: 113)
  • Seminar 2:  22 July, face-to-face (seminar code: 213)

Refresher course 

For people who have completed the Effective Mentoring Program within the past two to three years.


  • 29 March, online, (seminar code: R01)
  • 22 June, face-to-face, (seminar code: R02)
  • 4 August, face-to-face, (seminar code: R03)
  • 27 October, face-to-face, (seminar code: R04)

Skills developed

After completing the program you will have the mentoring skills to support graduate teachers 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 a provisionally registered teacher, from provisional through to full VIT registration.

Activities within the program allow you to explore mentoring with practiced examples and key readings to develop your skills.

Program overview

The program will cover:

Day one

  • What makes mentoring effective and the benefits of mentoring.
  • Mentoring for Doing and Being
  • Giving and receiving of feedback
  • Mentoring Capability Framework
  • Observation discussion
  • Registration Process and Australian Professional Standards
  • The Inquiry Approach.

Day two

  • System Enablers
  • Professional Stance
  • Applying your learning - Mentoring Practice
  • Realistic tips for mentors
  • The inquiry cycle
  • Sample of evidence
  • Registration Requirements and Code of Conduct.

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

Refresher course

Mentor teachers who have previously completed the program may be eligible to complete a one day refresher course.

Mentor’s self-assessment tool (MSAT)

A self-assessment tool has been developed to promote The MSAT will assist to determine your baseline knowledge and understanding associate with the practice of mentoring. It will allow for measurement of growth and impact across the program.

You will complete this at the beginning and the end of the Effective Mentoring Program.

Mentoring capability framework

A key component of the refreshed effective mentoring program is the MCF that has been developed to support the learning and development of provisionally registered teachers (PRTs).

The MCF is a comprehensive guide to mentoring new teachers in Victorian government schools and other educational settings.

The purpose of the MCF is to guide mentor teachers in a collective effort with school leaders 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.

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.

We provide guidance, tools and training for mentors to support the induction of new teachers, refer to Induction portal for new and beginning teachers.

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