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

PILOT TRAINING IN BUDAPEST (HUNGARY) - 27th of September, 4th of October and 11th of October 2019 

PILOT TRAINING IN WARSAW (POLAND) - between 4th and 19th of October 2019

PILOT TRAINING IN LEEDS (UK) - 14th and 15th November 2019



  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                                               Business 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_Business start-up_LBU.pdf)Training material with cases[Business start-ups]1016 kB
Download this file (MentorCert_IO2_ConstructionSector_WUT.pdf)Training material with cases[Construction Sector]1782 kB
Download this file (MentorCert_IO2_FinTech Sector_LBU.pdf)Training material with cases[FinTech Sector]1228 kB
Download this file (MentorCert_IO2_Mature enterprises_WUT.pdf)Training material with cases[Mature enterprises]762 kB
Download this file (MentorCert_IO2_Methodology collection_final.pdf)MENTORCERT Methodology Collection[Method descriptions to the cases]3787 kB
Download this file (MentorCert_IO2_Nascent entrepreneurs_UCP.pdf)Training material with cases[Nascent entrepreneurs]1453 kB
Download this file (MentorCert_IO2_TourismSector_BBS.pdf)Training material with cases[Tourism Sector]1817 kB
Download this file (MentorCert_IO2_TransitionIssues_BBS.pdf)Training material with cases[Transition]2005 kB
Download this file (TRUST ME_IO3_Module 2_Trainer Handbook.pdf)TRUST ME Handbook[Trainer Handbook with exercises]1261 kB

PT - UCP - Portuguese Catholic University


  Faculty of Biotechnology – Portuguese Catholic University

Portuguese Catholic University - Regional Centre of Porto (UCP-CRP) is a well-established University – located in Porto, in the North of Portugal, focused both on Teaching and Research and complementing its mission with a range of activities related to society with a focus on promoting Partnerships, Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer. The UCP at Porto has a Business School, and specific Technical and Scientific Services to society in different areas of knowledge.

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UK - LBU - Leeds Beckett University


  Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett University has over 5,000 students studying a range of academic and applied higher education programmes. It is based in the prestigious Rose Bowl building in the heart of Leeds’ thriving financial and business district.

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The project is proposed to follow an existing Erasmus+ project led by Budapest Business School and Funded by the Hungarian National Agency TRUST ME – and a former Erasmus+ project led by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology and funded by the Luxembourg National Agency (CERTI4TRAIN - TRUST ME developed skillcards and blended learning materials for potential SME business mentors. CERTI4TRAIN produced an ISO 17024 compliant certification scheme for trainers participating in dual mode trainings.  Budapest Business School and its partners wish to further develop the mentioned projects refining, developing and integrating the results of the TRUST ME and CERTI4TRAIN projects to provide SMEs with a mechanism to access internationally certified, standardised mentoring services on offer. In addition, the project aligns the business mentoring activity with sectors of strategic importance to the local economy.


The new proposal MentorCert will complement TRUST ME results in two aspects.

First a differentiation between different levels of mentorship seems necessary. A beginner mentor is supposed to accomplish trainings of Trust me project or to prove equivalent knowledge while higher levels need the acquisition of deeper, refined soft and hard competences and also certain pre-defined real-life practical experience. In order to produce these new curricula and benchmarks MentorCert project will carry out a “preparatory analysis” work package.

Another complementation of previous results proved to be imposing: Different sectors where the SMEs are operating may need business mentors with somewhat divergent competences. According to the needs of the partners’ economic regions the project will define sectors – presumably of mutual interest – and develop supplementary mentor training curricula and practical experience benchmarks derived from the specific sectoral needs.