Mentoring

Professional Mentoring Program

Applications for our 2022 program are now open- the last date to apply has been extended to December 8th, 2021. Please read and scroll down for application steps.

New to our Professional Mentoring Program?

Here are two highly recommended pre-application requirements for members who have never participated before.

1. Download and review the Professional Mentoring Program Information Guide & FAQ document

AND

2. Attend one of our Professional Mentoring Program Information Sessions prior to applying. (dates and links below)

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 and career growth in a meaningful way.

Here are a few new features of our PMP.

  1. Timeline – Our program runs from Feb – Oct of each year. It is a 9-month program.
  2. Student Group Cohort Mentoring – For student members presently enrolled in post-secondary studies with no HR experience, you will be matched in group cohorts where up to 3 students will be paired with 1 mentor and will work out a regular meeting schedule between the group. Student mentoring needs are very different from working HR professionals so we created this opportunity to better suit 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.
  3. Virtual Webinar Sessions – We host several webinar sessions throughout the 9 month program for all participants in the program on topics related to mentoring, coaching and learning.

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.

  • Applications Open:
    November 8th, 2021
    5:00pm PST / 6:00pm MST
  • Information Sessions:
    • Option 1:  November 15th REGISTER
      12:00pm PST/ 1:00pm MST
    • Option 2: November 23rd REGISTER
      5:00pm PST/ 6:00pm MST
  • Applications Close:
    December 8th, 2021
    5:00pm PST/ 6:00pm MST
  • January 27th, 2022 – Regional Matching Notifications Emailed out
  • February 1, 2022 – Program official start
  • Mentoring Series Webinar I – Monday, February 7th, 2022
    5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Mentoring Series Webinar II – Tuesday, April 12th, 2022
    5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Mentoring Series Webinar III – Wednesday, June 8th, 2022
    5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Mentoring Series Webinar IV – Thursday, September 15th, 2022
    5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • October 31, 2022 – Program official end

In this program, the learning opportunity is self-directed by the protégé, who guides the learning by taking on the responsibility of setting priorities and goals. In return, the protégé 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 protégé to achieve goals, does not set the goals. This learning partnership forms the guiding principle of the CPHR BC & Yukon PMP.

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 protégé – be willing to provide an outline of goals and objectives at the outset
  • As a protégé, you must pay an 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. These fees are non-refundable and are not matching fees.
  • Be prepared to commit for a 9-month period
  • Are willing and able to commit to participate in a minimum of 1-3 hours per month of interaction with your partner
  • Have attended or watched an info session about the program to understand your role, time commitment and guidelines for participation. If you missed the live info sessions offered while the applications were open please email mentor@cphrbc.ca to receive a link for a recorded session.
  • 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.)

How to Apply:

  • 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.
  • Step One: Log into the CPHR BC & Yukon website here
  • Step Two: Go to the online store to select and pay the protégé 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.
  • 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 protégé 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 protégé 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 partners.

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

If matched 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 protégé/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.