Unit of competency details

TAEDEL404A - Mentor in the workplace (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to TAEDEL404 - Mentor in the workplaceUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. 05/Apr/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 01/Feb/2010

Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping

CodeTitleSort Table listing Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping by the Title column
30987QLD - Certificate IV in Teaching Conversational English (TESOL)Certificate IV in Teaching Conversational English (TESOL) 
30979QLD - Course in Volunteer Community Adult Literacy TutoringCourse in Volunteer Community Adult Literacy Tutoring 
10571NAT - Certificate IV in Workplace MentoringCertificate IV in Workplace Mentoring 
10431NAT - Diploma of Language Teaching - TESOLDiploma of Language Teaching - TESOL 
10369NAT - Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MentoringCertificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mentoring 
10360NAT - Certificate IV in Community MentoringCertificate IV in Community Mentoring 
10036NAT - Diploma of Ministry (Insert Stream)Diploma of Ministry (Insert Stream) 
10017NAT - Diploma of Leadership (Insert Stream)Diploma of Leadership (Insert Stream) 

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
TLI - Transport and Logistics Training PackageTransport and Logistics Training Package 2.0-4.0 
TAE10 - Training and EducationTraining and Education 1.0-3.4 
SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-2.0 
SIT - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-1.2 
SIS10 - Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training PackageSport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package 2.0-3.1 
SIR07 - Retail Services Training PackageRetail Services Training Package 3.0-3.3 
SFL - Floristry Training PackageFloristry Training Package 1.0 
PUA12 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 2.0-2.1 
NWP - National Water Training PackageNational Water Training Package 1.0 
MSF - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 1.0-2.0 
HLT - HealthHealth 1.0-4.1 
FPP10 - Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training PackagePulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package 1.0-1.3 
FNS10 - Financial Services Training PackageFinancial Services Training Package 2.0-5.1 
FNS - Financial Services Training PackageFinancial Services Training Package 1.0-2.1 
FDF10 - Food ProcessingFood Processing 2.0-4.1 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 2.0 
DEF - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0-2.2 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0-4.1 
CPP07 - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 11.0-14.3 
CHC - Community ServicesCommunity Services 2.0-3.0 
BSB - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 1.0-2.0 
AVI - Aviation Training PackageAviation Training Package 3.0-4.0 
AUR12 - Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training PackageAutomotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package 1.0-2.1 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
TLI50716 - Diploma of Bus and Coach OperationsDiploma of Bus and Coach Operations 
TLI50713 - Diploma of Bus and Coach OperationsDiploma of Bus and Coach Operations 
TAE40110 - Certificate IV in Training and AssessmentCertificate IV in Training and Assessment 1-4 
SIT60313 - Advanced Diploma of HospitalityAdvanced Diploma of Hospitality 
SIT60312 - Advanced Diploma of HospitalityAdvanced Diploma of Hospitality 1-3 
SIT60112 - Advanced Diploma of Travel and TourismAdvanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism 1-3 
SIT50412 - Diploma of Holiday Parks and ResortsDiploma of Holiday Parks and Resorts 1-3 
SIT50313 - Diploma of HospitalityDiploma of Hospitality 
SIT50312 - Diploma of HospitalityDiploma of Hospitality 1-3 
SIT50112 - Diploma of Travel and TourismDiploma of Travel and Tourism 1-3 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 070109 Teacher Education: Vocational Education And Training  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 070109 Teacher Education: Vocational Education And Training  31/May/2010 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish and develop a professional mentoring relationship with a learner, in particular an apprentice or trainee employed by, or undertaking work placement in, a workplace. It includes establishing the need for mentoring, developing a mentoring plan/framework, facilitating and monitoring the mentoring relationship, and evaluating the effectiveness of mentoring.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit typically applies to workplace supervisors or other work colleague with responsibility for mentoring in the workplace.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Develop a mentoring plan

1.1. Identify scope and boundaries of the mentoring  relationship according to organisational procedures

1.2. Establish ground rules  and negotiate realistic expectations

1.3. Establish and maintain confidentiality of the relationship in accordance with legislation , policy and procedures 

2. Facilitate mentoring relationship

2.1. Develop learner's confidence, self-esteem, respect and trust in the mentoring relationship

2.2. Share personal experiences and knowledge with the person being mentored according to agreed objectives

2.3. Support the person being mentored to develop and use skills in problem solving and decision making

2.4. Use personal and professional networks to assist the person being mentored

2.5. Provide information, guidance and constructive guidance to enhance engagement in the workplace

2.6. Use techniques for resolving differences  without damaging the relationship, and obtain assistance according to organisational policy and procedures

3. Monitor mentoring relationship

3.1. Provide planning assistance and guidance as requested by the person being mentored in a form and style to suit their requirements

3.2. Provide feedback to the person being mentored on progress towards achieving the expectations and goals of the mentoring process

3.3. Recognise and discuss changes in the mentoring relationship  with appropriate stakeholders 

3.4. Negotiate and manage closure of the mentoring arrangement once objectives have been met

4. Evaluate effectiveness of mentoring

4.1. Establish and discuss benefits  gained from the mentoring process

4.2. Reflect on and articulate the personal benefits gained from providing mentoring

4.3. Identify and report the outcomes of the mentoring arrangement and the benefits to the organisation  according to organisational policy and procedures to improve the mentoring system or program

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • planning and time-management skills to mentor in a workplace
  • oral communication and language skills to motivate learners
  • organisational skills to provide guidance and feedback to individuals
  • interpersonal skills to:
  • engage in relationship building, including building trust and maintaining confidentiality
  • respond to diversity, including gender and disability
  • communication skills to use a range of communication strategies, including listening, questioning, and giving andreceiving feedback
  • initiative and enterprise skills to apply procedures relating to OHS and environmentallegislation in the context of workplace mentoring

Required knowledge 

  • relevant policy, legislation, codes of practice and national standards likely to impact on the provision of workplace mentoring
  • training contracts and responsibilities of employer, registered training organisation (RTO) and funding body
  • training plans and responsibilities
  • training products and strategies for learning
  • mentoring methodologies and strategies
  • acceptable behaviour in the mentoring relationship
  • equal employment opportunity, equity and diversity principles
  • OHS relating to the work role, including:
  • hazards relating to the industry and specific workplace
  • reporting requirements for hazards and incidents
  • specific procedures for work tasks
  • safe use and maintenance of relevant equipment
  • emergency procedures
  • sources of OHS information

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Assessment must address the scope of this unit and reflect all components of the unit. Arange of appropriate assessment methods and evidence-gathering techniques must be used to determine competency. A judgement of competency should only be made when the assessor is confident that the required outcomes of the unit have been achieved and that consistent performance has been demonstrated.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the ability to:

  • prepare a mentoring plan between the mentor and learner that reflects the scope and substance expected within a plan prepared for a learner undertaking a contracted apprenticeship or traineeship
  • facilitate at least three mentoring sessions
  • provide information on sessions, including comments and notes from both mentor and learner.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Evidence must be gathered in the workplace wherever possible. Where no workplace is available, a simulated workplace must be provided.

Method of assessment 

Guidance information for assessment 

For further information about assessment of this and other TAE units, refer to relevant implementation guidance published on the IBSA website (www.ibsa.org.au).

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Mentoring  may include:

  • long-term focus on personal growth and learning
  • wide range of learning oriented to:
  • support
  • guidance in personal or career growth
  • relationship, not just a procedure or activity
  • one person professionally assisting the career development of another.

Ground rules  may include:

  • training for mentoring partners
  • mentoring agreement
  • active involvement of both partners in the mentoring process.

Legislation , policy and procedures  may include:

  • commonwealth and state or territory legislation and regulations, such as:
  • privacy legislation
  • equal employment opportunity, anti-discrimination and harassment legislation
  • OHS legislation
  • user choice
  • organisational policy, procedures and protocols.

Techniques for resolving differences  may include:

  • finding a mutually beneficial solution
  • self-disclosure
  • inviting discussion
  • providing explanations
  • accessing assistance.

Mentoring relationship  may include:

  • informal workplace development program
  • formal mentoring process associated with a contracted apprenticeship or traineeship, involving a formal training plan.

Stakeholders  may include:

  • trainee or apprentice
  • manager or supervisor
  • RTO
  • learning support services, including assistive technology and diagnostic testing
  • funding organisation
  • supplier of learning resources.

Benefits  may include:

  • insights into organisational culture, attitudes and expected behaviours
  • supportive environment in which successes and failures can be evaluated
  • networking opportunities
  • development of workplace competence and self-confidence
  • recognition and job satisfaction
  • mutual respect.

Benefits to the organisation  may include:

  • increased productivity
  • new competencies in the person being mentored
  • staff motivation
  • more committed, involved and responsible learners.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Delivery and facilitation

Competency field

Competency field 

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units