Mentor training 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.

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 in the past 3 years 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.

Ballarat and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 14 March 2023
  • Seminar 2: 23 May 2023

Bendigo and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 24 August 2023
  • Seminar 2: 13 September 2023

Cranbourne/Pakenham and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 25 July 2023
  • Seminar 2: 17 August 2023

Dandenong and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 22 February 2023
  • Seminar 2: 27 April 2023

Doncaster and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 5 June 2023
  • Seminar 2: 17 July 2023

Geelong and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 21 June 2023
  • Seminar 2: 1 August 2023

Horsham and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 30 March 2023
  • Seminar 2: 11 May 2023

Melbourne and surrounding areas

  • Program 1 - Seminar 1: 27 February 2023
  • Program 1 - Seminar 2: 8 May 2023
  • Program 2 – Seminar 1: 9 August 2023
  • Program 2 – Seminar 2: 6 September 2023

Mildura and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 5 April 2023
  • Seminar 2: 8 June 2023

Ringwood and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 17 May 2023
  • Seminar 2: 4 August 2023

Sale/Traralgon and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 9 May 2023
  • Seminar 2: 12 July 2023

Sandringham and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 15 March 2023
  • Seminar 2: 15 June 2023

Taylors Lakes and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 2 May 2023
  • Seminar 2: 14 July 2023

Warrnambool and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 16 August 2023
  • Seminar 2: 12 September 2023

Werribee and surrounding areas

  • Program 1 Seminar 1: 21 March 2023
  • Program 1 Seminar 2: 28 April 2023
  • Program 2 Seminar 1: 24 May 2023
  • Program 2 Seminar 2: 10 August 2023

Wheelers Hill and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 7 March 2023
  • Seminar 2: 14 June 2023

Wodonga and surrounding areas

  • Seminar 1: 1 June 2023
  • Seminar 2: 19 July 2023

Online delivery

A limited number of seminars will be delivered online and will be available to participants who are unable to access a face-to-face seminar.

Dates are available from late February. Please contact  for further information about eligibility.

Refresher course 

Experienced teachers who have completed the Effective Mentoring Program within the past 3 years may be eligible to complete the one-day Refresher course.


  • Refresher seminar 1: 8 March 2023
  • Refresher seminar 2: 22 June 2023 (online)
  • Refresher seminar 3: 11 August 2023
  • Refresher seminar 4: 11 September 2023

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.

Activities within the program allow 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 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).