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Mentoring

Professional Mentoring Program

The 2021 CPHR BC & Yukon Professional Mentoring Program open for applications on November 16, 2020, and closes on December 16, 2020.

New to the Professional Mentoring Program? It is highly recommended you download and read the Professional Mentoring Program Information Guide & FAQ document or request access to watch the information session recording, before applying for a better understanding of the program and expectations of being either a mentor or a protege.

Program Overview – Make a Meaningful Connection

The CPHR BC & Yukon Professional Mentoring Program (PMP) makes for a world of difference, matching proteges with mentors with a single purpose in mind – supporting your professional development in a meaningful way.

 

New for 2021!

Here are a few new features of our 2021 PMP.

  1. New Timeline – Our program will now run from Feb – Oct of each year. It still remains a 9-month program. This new timeline will help create more opportunities to build momentum within a calendar year for both parties. CPHR holders can claim their CPD hours more easily based on the present calendar year reporting.
  2. New Student Group Cohort Mentoring – For student members presently enrolled in post-secondary studies with no HR experience, for 2021, they will be matched in group cohorts where up to 3 students will be paired with 1 mentor where the group will work out a regular meeting schedule. Student mentoring needs are very different from working HR professionals so we created this opportunity to suit better the needs of our student members along with consideration of how our mentors can give back more effectively and respectfully of their time. If you are applying to the program as a mentor, you will be given the option to put your name forward for consideration of mentoring a student cohort. All student members will be matched in group cohorts. There will be no option for 1:1 mentoring.
  3. New Virtual Webinar Sessions – Instead of just one event halfway through the program year, we want to provide our participants with more regular ways to check-in and get support. We are hosting 4 webinar sessions for all participants in the program on topics related to mentoring, coaching and learning. Stay tuned for more information. Save the dates below!

PMP Preparation and Timeline

Whether you are a newcomer to the field of HR, a mid-level practitioner, or a senior-level HR professional, the PMP can support you to expand, refine, and build new skills.

Moreover, we provide the framework for proteges and mentors to be matched and form relationships that can last a lifetime. With agreement from both parties, there is an option to continue the mentoring relationship forward until the next program year begins and beyond.

CPHR BC & Yukon will offer support to any participant for the nine-month duration. You will have the flexibility to work with your partner for more or even less time.

Please note that while every effort is made to provide all applicants with a match, CPHR BC & Yukon cannot guarantee PMP placements. This is determined by the number of mentor applicants and appropriate matches. At this time matches are manually done by volunteers on a region to region basis.

Program Timeline:

  • November 16, 2020 – applications open
  • November 16 & 17 & 18, 2020 – Information session online
  • December 16, 2020 – applications close (no extensions)
  • January 2021 – Regional Matching
  • from January 22 to January 27, 2021 – regional notification of acceptance and successful matches will be sent via email.
  • February 1, 2021 – Program official start

Mentoring Series Webinars: Online – SAVE THE DATES:

  • February 1, 2021
  • April 12, 2021
  • June 7, 2021
  • September 13, 2021
  • October 2021 – Mentoring wrap up session (TBA)

Defining Roles: Proteges and Mentors

In this program, the learning opportunity is self-directed by the protege, who guides the learning by taking on the responsibility of setting priorities and goals. In return, the protege receives feedback, coaching, and assistance from their mentor, resulting in enhancing the protege’s professional career.

The mentor’s role is to be the ‘guide on the side’ while passing along the knowledge they have accumulated over the years. The mentors can bring to bear on the relationship is vision, experience, different perspectives, and a commitment to continued learning. The mentor, while helping the protege to achieve goals, does not set the goals. This learning partnership forms the guiding principle of the CPHR BC & Yukon PMP.

Qualifications and Responsibilities

It is important that applicants have a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities before applying to the PMP.

To qualify to apply to the PMP you must:

  • Be a CPHR BC & Yukon member in good standing throughout the duration of the program.
  • As a mentor – be willing to provide an environment conducive to learning, whether in-person or online;
  • As a protege – be willing to provide an outline of goals and objectives at the outset
  • As a protege, you must pay the application processing fee ($35 General and CPHR members and $25 Student member) before completing the online application. We always do our best to find a match; however, there is no guarantee as matches are based on the number of mentor and protégé applicants each year. Application processing fees are non-refundable and are not matching fees.
  • Be prepared to commit for a 9-month period. 
  • To better understand roles and expectations and if you missed the info sessions offered while the program registration is open, please email mentor@cphrbc.ca to receive a link for the recorded session.
  • Commit to participate in a minimum of 1-3 hours per month of interaction with your partner
  • Complete an evaluation survey at the end of the program
  • Maintain a Mentoring Log for submission and verification, as required, for eligibility of CPD hours. (Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to maintain these records.)

Applications

  1. I want to be a mentor:
    • Step One: Log into the CPHR BC & Yukon website here.
    • Step Two: Go to the online store to select the mentor application processing fee (no charge).
    • Step Three: You will receive an automatic email, including a link to access the online application to submit your information for matching purposes. 
  2. I want to be a protege:
    • Step One: Log into the CPHR BC & Yukon website here.
    • Step Two: Go to the online store to select and pay the protege application processing fee ($35 General and CPHR members and $25 Student member).
    • Step Three: Once your payment is completed, you will receive an automatic email, including a link to access the online application to submit your information for matching purposes and a receipt for your payment. 
  3. I want to continue working with my previous match:
    • Step One: Log into the CPHR BC & Yukon website here.
    • Step Two: Go to the online store to select the renewing pairs application processing fee (no charge).
    • Step Three: You will receive an automatic email, including a link to access the online application to submit your information. 

Please note:
If you have already self-identified a mentor or protege and you have both already agreed to work together, you can still apply to be included in the program and receive ongoing support. Both the mentor and the protege need to be CPHR BC & Yukon members and both need to complete the appropriate application. Both application forms have a space to indicate if you have self-identified a partner along with their name. The application processing fees still apply for proteges who have self-identified their partner.

If you wish to be a mentor AND a protege, you need to complete both the mentor and the protege application.

If accepted into the program, participants in the PMP benefit from:

  • An HR career enhanced with new insights and perspectives;
  • Effective relationships with other HR professionals through your partnership and other PMP-supported events;
  • Making a significant impact in a colleague’s professional development;
  • Earning 1 CPD hour per hour of protege/mentor contact to a maximum of 10 hours per year. Please refer to the CPD Qualifying Activities for clarification or contact the CPHR Registrar.
  • Giving back to the HR community in your region

Have a question not answered above? Please contact the PMP Manager for more information.