MentorCert Pilot training


In all the four participating countries (Portugal, the UK, Poland and Hungary) a 2-day pilot training will be organised for 20-20 participants. One vertical and one horizontal topic (see below) will be tested in each country through face-to-face trainings, e-learning materials and with the usage of a business simulation game.

The participants of the trainings are kindly asked to complete the feedback forms regarding the e-learning materials and the face-to-face trainings. It will help a lot in the finalisation and further development of the training programme and the materials for the project partners.

We are sure that the pilot trainings will be interesting and useful for everybody!

Thanks for your participation and your valuable feedbacks in advance!

MentorCert project team


PILOT TRAINING IN PORTO (PORTUGAL) - 7th and 14th of June 2019

The programme of the pilot training is available at the following link:



  1. facilitate mentoring and coaching techniques by development of the business mentor trainings set for relevant horizontal and vertical issues. University Partners of the MentorCert project (Budapest Business School - BBS, Leeds Beckett University - LBU, Catholic University of Portugal - UCP and Warsaw University of Technology - WUT) deal with the following trainings preparation (syllabuses and training materials) with working groups responsibilities:

Vertical issues:                                                                Horizontal issues:

Tourism industry – led by BBS                                     Transition – led by BBS

Fin Tech – led by LBU                                                    Start-ups – led by LBU

Agro-food industry – led by UCP                                  Nascent entrepreneurs – led by UCP

Construction industry – led by WUT                              Mature enterprises – led by WUT

  1. prepare a solid basis for recognition of mentor qualifications: vocabulary, fundamentals and requirements for the mentor and certification bodies using the experience of ADINVEST International and the guidance of EFCoCERT.



E-learning - Multimedia presentations

Introduction and learning objectives - Overview of the sector

- Scale and scope of the sector - Case studies

- Value creation models - Case studies

- Mapping the sector - Case studies

- Futures - Case studies

- Multimedia Videos - Glossary - Assessment - questions and answers - References and further resources



CESIM simulations allows participants to put theory into practice in a risk-free environment. Through this kind of experimentation, participants can put theories to the test, see what works, and become innovative in their solutions to problems. Learning outcomes are highly dependent on the conditions and motivation for learning. The game-like nature of business simulations is proven to engage participants and develop deep-learning skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving.

Learning to fail and to cope with uncertainty

Failure is never pleasant, but learning from your own mistakes is key part of self-improvement. Business simulations provide a risk-free environment where failure is safe, yet the lessons learned are genuine and applicable in real life.



- EU MENTORCERT 2000: European certification of business mentors – Fundamentals and vocabulary

- EU MENTORCERT 2001: European certification of business mentors – Requirements

- EU MENTORCERT 2021: European certification of business mentors – Requirements for certification bodies


MentorCERT project based on the results of previous An Erasmus+ project led by BBS and called TRUST ME (TRaining for Unique Skills and Techniques for MEntoring). TRUST ME produced a (soft) skill card for general SME-mentors, a hard knowledge package necessary for a mentor and also few assessment tools (entry level, continuing assessment and final assessment) for the mentor training courses.

Download this file (MentorCert_flyer_2019_final.pdf)MentorCert flyer 2019[MentorCert flyer 2019]1829 kB
Download this file (MentorCert_IO2_Agrofood Sector_UCP.pdf)Training material with cases[Agro-food Sector]1501 kB
Download this file (MentorCert_IO2_Nascent entrepreneurs_UCP.pdf)Training material with cases[Nascent entrepreneurs]1453 kB

Deliverables & Outcomes

The project’s limited scope reduces the activities to the theoretical preparatory work: elaboration of the criteria of mentor assessment, redaction of an ISO 17024 compliant mentor certification scheme manual and develop the specific Experts Committee required by the ISO requirements. The certification scheme will be a ready for use tool but its practical experimentation goes beyond the scope of this project, in terms of time as well as budget, and will be carried out after the project’s end, in further projects.

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IO1-Mentor level and Sector-based analysis

Intellectual Output 1 is the final result of the preliminary analysis phase. This exploratory investigation focuses on two important areas necessary for the preparation of the training material development and the mentor certification.

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IO2-Sector-based training materials

In the framework of the Intellectual Output 2, totally 8 sector-based training materials are to be elaborated using the inputs (first of the sectorial skill cards) of the OI1 work package – Preparatory analysis.
These training materials help mentors or potential mentors acquire the specialities, the different characteristics of the selected economic sectors; the knowledge of the mentors is significantly enhanced via these new curricula.
The mentors specialised of the various sectors can help each other’s work and complement the knowledge of a future mentor-network on regional or later on European level. A mentor specialised in a sector can be awarded the sector's label.

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IO3-Criteria of business mentor assessment

Preceding projects and MentorCert produce curricula for SME mentor candidates who wish to become general mentors of Small-and-Medium-sized-businesses AND to be recognised for accomplishing supplementary trainings in special sectors of entrepreneurship.

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