The Workplace Based Learning (WBL) Mentor competence certification scheme developed by EFCoCert in the framework of the EU WBL Mentor project by involving an experts’ committee of 30+ stakeholders from 3 continents will now enter the crucial pilot testing phase.

For piloting, the scheme will be implemented on the remote exam and certification SaaS developed by ViaSyst, EFCoCert’s partner, who is also part of the project consortium. This means that applicant from all around EU will have opportunity to participate.

Applications are open from now and will close in the course of September, so that the pilot testing can start in October.

The following profiles are welcome to apply:

  • WBL Mentors (in-company or not)
  • Competence examiners or assessors
  • Certification Bodies for Persons
  • Experts, for joining the scheme experts’ committee and commenting the scheme

Interested? Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a short description of your profile and the position in which you’re willing to participate to the pilot (see bullet-list above).

Please also do not hesitate to share this invitation with your network!

Dr Didier BLANC, EFCoCert President


70+ participants from all around EU and Canada attended to the multiplier event organised remotely June 9th to disseminate key information about the EU WBL Mentor project.

In the framework of this project, EFCoCert did develop the ISO 17024 compliant EU WBL Mentor competence certification scheme. The poll questions submitted to the participants after Dr Didier BLANC, EFCoCert President, presented the scheme revealed a tremendous support.

 Short summary:

  • competence of the WBL Mentor is an issue their country for 96% participants,
  • national competence recognition framework for WBL Mentors exist for only 13% participants,
  • 100% see an interest and feasibility for an EU wide harmonised competence recognition
  • / certification framework for WBL Mentors,
  • 100% think the EU WBL Mentor certification scheme is relevant,
  • 60% are willing to apply to the scheme’s experts committee and to the pilot testing (35% maybe).,

The pilot testing of the certification will be run over the last 2020 quarter.

Interested to apply either to the pilot testing or as expert for commenting the scheme documents?

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr Didier BLANC, EFCoCert President

The 3rd transnational meeting has been held in Lausanne, on the lakeside, hosted by ViaSyst & EFCoCert.

The meeting has been very successful, at almost half-way in the project for aligning all partners on a common understanding of the next crucial steps (i.e. pilot testing of both the WBL Mentor training and certification scheme) and tightening the links between partners.

The preparation of the interim report was also on the agenda.

The consortium decided to extend the consultation round of the last version of the certification scheme for 2 additional weeks in order to give more time to the involved experts to comment.

The updated version which will be drafted based on the received comments will be key

for focusing both the training and the certification and exam process.

The Gantt chart has been slightly adjusted, but all IOs will be delivered on time.

The official #Mentor4WBL@EU website has been launched on May 27th 2019.

The site proposes a project presentation, a short summary on project partners, first project results, and news and photo galleries related to the meetings. It will be regularly updated according to the project’s progresses.

The 2nd consortium transnational meeting has been held in Kenilworth (UK), organised by C4FF the 10-11 April 2019.

The meeting allowed to validate the IO1 (WBL Mentor’s job profile), dedicated to serve as input to the other outcomes: course curriculum, competence matrix, certification scheme.

Robust discussions allowed partners to reach consensus on the methodology to apply for drafting the certification scheme and on key issues raised by the first experts’ comments round.

A multiplier event has also been held at Birmingham University, where EFCoCert presented the draft competence matrix and the future competence certification scheme.

After the meeting, EFCoCert was able to release the 2nd working draft of the certification

scheme for comments within experts. 

By the end of February 2019, EFCoCert circulated the first draft WBL Mentor competence matrix for comments within the scheme experts committee.

The matrix has been constructed according to the Deming PDCA cycle, by integrating the competences derived from the preliminary research of IO1 on WBL Mentors tasks and requirements throughout EU.

The received comments will be dealt with ahead of the 2nd consortium meeting in Kenilworth (UK) early April 2019.

The kick-off meeting of the #Mentor4WBL@EU project was held on the 3 & 4 December 2018 in Athens, hosted by IME GSEVEE, project leader.

The meeting allowed partners to know each other and to gain a common understanding of the intended outcomes and applicable methodologies for developing them.