Levels of Mentoring

There are 8 levels of Mentoring recognised by The Mentoring School. These levels were written by Richard Daniel Curtis in 2018, these levels help to establish the type of mentor required for different situations. It also helps mentors to understand the level they are working at and their developmental opportunities.

8 Levels of Mentoring

AwarenessA mentor has a basic awareness of what mentoring is and relies on their own people skills, possibly offering informal mentoring to others. Short awareness courses prepare to reach this level.
PrinciplesA mentor have had some form of training and is applying their experience and people skills to formally mentor someone.
PractitionerA Mentor who has taken a recognised course, such as a formal qualification (usually a level 3), and their level of knowledge has been assessed.
Advanced PractitionerThis is a Mentor who has enhanced their Level 3 Qualification with further learning and have a deeper understanding of the theory and evidence base for Mentoring.
AcademicThis is a Mentor who has used their learning about Mentoring to produce academic papers or published evidence-based guides. They may train lower level Mentors.
ResearchA Mentor at this level will work with The Mentoring School community to undertake field based research in best practice mentoring.
MasterySeventh Level Mentors are masters of Mentoring, they have spent thousands of hours studying the subject and are seen as experts within The Mentoring School community. They would be involved in writing lower Level qualifications.
Game ChangerAn Eighth Level Mentor uses their skills to help others to set up mentoring programmes or train trainers to deliver Mentor Qualifications. They are involved in work with global organisations, like the Mentoring School, to impact Mentoring practice around the world.

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