Professional Mentoring Program
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
2. Attend our Professional Mentoring Program Information Session prior to applying. (dates and links below)
2023 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.
- Timeline – Our program runs from Feb – Oct of each year. It is a 9-month program.
- 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.
- Mentoring In Action – CPHR BC & Yukon offers a variety of learning, in person networking and online discussions to support members enrolled in the professional mentoring program. We encourage both mentors and proteges to attend events together to engage in active learning and connection whenever possible. Check out our event calendar or watch for events in your Regional Newsletter from your Member Relations Manager.
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.
2023 Program Timeline
- Applications Open:
November 16, 2022
5:00 pm PST / 6:00 pm MST
- General Program Information Session:
December 8, 2022
12:00 pm PST/1:00 pm MST
- Applications Close:
December 16, 2022
5:00 pm PST/6:00 pm MST
- January 27, 2023 – Regional Matching Notifications Emailed out
- February 1, 2023 – Program official start
- Virtual Orientation & Welcome Session:
February 1, 2023
4:30 pm PST/5:30 pm MST
- October 31, 2023 – Program official end
Defining Roles: Protégé and Mentors
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.
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 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 1-2 hours per month of interaction with your partner or student cohort.
- 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 email@example.com 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: Applications for 2023 are now open!
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.
I want to be a protégé:
- 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.
I want to continue working with my previous match:
- Please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us about your previously matched partner you wish to continue the program with. Make sure your partner agrees to continue the mentoring relationship.
- There is no fee for renewing pairs.
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.