Mentor training for experienced school teachers

The Effective Mentoring Program (EMP) equips experienced teachers with mentoring skills to:

  • support provisionally registered teachers (PRTs) at the beginning of their careers
  • guide new teachers through the process to become fully registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

The program is a joint initiative of the Department and the Victorian Institute of Teaching.


The program is designed for experienced teachers who are mentoring provisionally registered teachers in schools and early childhood settings.

The EMP was moved online in 2020 and will remain online until at least the end of term 2 2021, 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.

For early childhood teachers who are interested in the program, see: Mentor training for experienced early childhood teachers

Apply for the program

Registrations open in February 2021. 

Registration instructions and a list of course dates are available through the Victorian Institute of Teaching. 

Register for the Effective Mentoring Program
Instructions and course dates available via the Victorian Institute of Teaching

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

  • understanding ourselves in the role as mentors of beginning teachers
  • introducing the mentoring capability framework (MCF)
  • knowing the Australian Professional Teaching Standards and the need for evidence to support full registration
  • exploring the inquiry approach.

Day two

  • collaboration for learning
  • mentoring in practice
  • the MCF school culture and behaviours.

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.

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 the six domains shown below.

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. A copy of the MCF can be accessed below:

Case Study: Induction and Mentoring approaches at Wodonga Middle Years College

In this video, hear how Wodonga Middle Years College supports their graduate teachers through induction and mentoring.

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, see: Induction portal for new and beginning teachers