Mentor Foundation

The MENTOR Foundation module covers:

  • a theoretical and workshop part (7 hours);
  • practical work (mentoring sessions – min. 6 hours);
  • a written self-reflection (5 hours);
  • planning (2 hours);
  • one supervised session.


After completing the MENTOR Foundation module, the participant will:

  • know what mentor is and what its purpose is
  • have a better understanding of themselves – what a mentor is and why you want to become one; they will understand their strengths and limitations
  • understand the essence of working in the mentoring process and how to build and maintain a mentee’s motivation
  • know what session structure and the mentoring process look like
  • become familiar with a base of techniques for working with a mentee, including active listening, reading another person’s map, and the use of open questions.

I. Training workshop (7 hours) – topics:

  1. The key role of motivation in the mentoring process
  2. Barriers to being a mentor – expanding the mentor’s self-awareness of barriers and limitations. Introduction to overcoming/not giving in to these
  3. The area of work of a mentor – work with a potential mentee
  4. The benefits of mentoring – for the whole “system” in the organisation
  5. Who a mentor is – components that determine this
  6. Mentoring work:
  • mentoring as a process – what the work of a mentor involves and what is important in the mentoring process
  • fundamental and temporary motivators on working on oneself – how to discover these in the mentee and work with them
  • The cycle of working with a student – the three roles of a mentor and mentoring process cycles
  • Principles of working with a student: 6 rules and 3 pillars
  • How to encourage someone to take action
  1. Basic techniques for conducting the mentoring process.
  2. The role of self-reflection in developing mentoring skills


II. Process planning module (2 hours, own work)


III. Practical module (min. 7 hours):

  • mentoring practice (min. 6 mentoring sessions with at least 1 mentee)
  • Individual supervision (min. 1) – no earlier than after 3 sessions and no later than 3 weeks after the final session.


IV. Self-reflection module (3 hours, own work):

  • essay
  • analysis of feedback from mentee.


Lectures, case studies, exercises, discussion.
The programme prerequisites are a minimum of 15 years’ professional experience, of which at least 3 years in a managerial position managing a team of at least 3 people;
in the case of academic or scientific professionals: at least 3 years supervising master’s or doctoral students;
in the case of physicians – a minimum of 10 years’ experience and team management;
completion of an application questionnaire by the candidate (professional experience, courses completed, certificates), covering letter, opinion from candidate’s company where the company is paying for the course. Upon acceptance of the written application, an interview is held with one of the trainers (about 30 min.);
cost PLN 3,150 (net/… gross/person)
the price includes: participation in training, training materials, supervision, consultations with trainers, certification of participation in training, assistance with the accreditation process.
Fast Track for mentors with previous experience as mentors – a fast track counting hours of practical work. MENTOR Foundation Fast Track.

Mentors can take advance of the Foundation Fast Track:


having conducted at least one mentoring process (min. 6 hours) ;
a meeting several hours’ long summarising and verifying the candidate’s knowledge about mentoring, conducting sessions, the process, etc.;
a written self-reflection;
presentation of a final Mentoring Programme report documenting the number of hours
of mentoring practice

cost PLN 1,950 (net/… gross/person);
the price includes: participation in the meeting, training materials, consultations with trainers,
assistance with the accreditation process.

  • completion of the MENTOR Foundation course or MENTOR Foundation Fast Track (including
      the required number of practical hours);
  • fulfilment of the other EMCC accreditation requirements for the Foundation level – more at:;

  • submission of documentation and payment of the accreditation fee to the EMCC – “EIA
      application with EQA” Fast Track.


After applying, withdrawing from the course is possible only up to 3 weeks before the commencement date of the module; afterwards, withdrawal is not possible. Upon the organiser’s consent, a place on the course may be given to another person. Detailed conditions in the Course Application.