Professional Mentoring Program
We are making some exciting changes to the Professional Mentoring Program for 2020/21 which will give you more opportunities for building new skills with your Mentor or Protege.
Changes take time, so we will be opening our registration again as soon as we can.
Please make sure your contact details are up to date in your membership profile with us. We will notify all members as soon as the application process is open, and the new program is announced.
New to the Professional Mentoring Program? It is highly recommended you read and complete the following for a full understanding of the program and expectations of participants:
- Please read our Mentoring Information Guide & FAQ document prior to applying to better prepare you for the roles and expectations of being either a protege or a mentor.
- I want to be a mentor:
- Step One: Log into the CPHR BC & Yukon website here
- Step Two: Complete the online mentoring application form for mentors.
- I want to be a protege:
- I want to continue working with my previous match:
- Step One: Log into the CPHR BC & Yukon website here
- Step Two: Complete the online notification form for renewing pairs. Only one person from the pair needs to complete the notification form.
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 members of CPHR BC & Yukon 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.
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.
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 as 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.
- TBA – applications open
- TBA – applications close (no extensions)
- TBA – notification of acceptance and successful matches will be sent via email
- TBA – Regional Orientations – various dates throughout BC and the Yukon
- TBA – Regional Events – various dates throughout BC and the Yukon
- TBA – program closes
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 the enhancement of 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. What 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 prior to 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 – pay the $30 application processing fee for general members and $20 application processing fee for student members prior to completing the online application (these fees are non-refundable application processing fees and are not matching fees.) We always do our best to find a match however, there is no guarantee as matches are based on the number of mentor and protege applicants each year.
- Be prepared to commit for a 9-month period
- Be prepared to participate in a regional Kick-Off/Orientation Session (online version available and optional for past-participants – renewing pairs)
- 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.)
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