IO4-Mentor certification scheme manual

The Intellectual Output 4, based upon the results of IO3 is a key element of the procedure passing from the mentor trainings and/or validation of prior learning and experience to the ISO compliant mentor certification. Once the mentor assessment criteria are established the partners can start the certification scheme development.

The IO leader P6, EFCoCert splits these activities into two parts:

  • Development of standardisation guidelines. These ISO compatible guidelines are to be applied for the certification scheme development and explain the rules and procedures applicable to the certification scheme manual development.
  • Mentor certification scheme manual development in compliance with ISO 17 024. It is planned to describe the whole competence assessment process, and to contain requirements the certification bodies and examiners have to respect to be able to proceed to certification of mentors. ISO 17 024 stipulates principles and requirements for a certification body and includes the development and maintenance rules of the certification scheme. These standards ensure that certification bodies can exploit the certification scheme after the project and can operate in a consistent, comparable and reliable manner worldwide. The results take the form a "ready-to-go" tool to allow the mentor having skills that translate across national lines. This is the main innovation given by IO4.

For this IO the establishment of an international Expert Committee is absolutely necessary and is the real token of transferability of the certification scheme.
The Expert Committee is to be composed of a minimum of 28 interested stakeholders from at least 14 European countries. (These standards proved to be feasible in previous projects and to realise them is an important indicator of efficiency.)
This committee has a quality control role in the project. The IO leaders have to send all the documents, drafts prepared by the partners to the members of this committee asking for their comments, modification proposals. In a later stage, after the project, this committee is to help work out the business model necessary for the long term exploitation and sustainability of the results.
The fact that accredited certification bodies are invited into the committee can facilitate the commercialisation of the certification scheme. This aims to ensure a large European impact of the results.

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Start Date: 01-10-2018     End Date: 30-07-2019     Languages: English