Professional Mentoring Program
Intake for the HRMA 2016-2017 program is now closed. Intake for our 2017-2018 program will open August 2017.
Kwantlen Students: Connections for Emerging Professionals Program information can be found here.
2016-2017 Program Timeline
- August 3rd, 2016 – applications open
- September 12th, 2016 – applications close
- Approx October 7th, 2016 – notification acceptance and successful matches sent via email
- Regional Orientations – October 2016 – various dates throughout the Province
- Mid-February – 1/2 way check in & mid point events
- Mid- June – program closes
Never participated in our program before? We would highly recommend 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.
- Complete our Free (for members) on-demand mentoring 101 preparation course to better prepare you for the roles and expectations of being either a protege or a mentor.
Program Overview – Make a Meaningful Connection
HRMA’s 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.
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. To accomplish that goal, HRMA encourages interested members to complete the on-demand mentoring 101 preparation course before applying to the program to better prepare both proteges and mentors alike for what the PMP entails.
Moreover, we provide a framework for proteges and mentors to be matched with results 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.
Now expanded from a six to a nine-month program, the PMP is a members’ only opportunity, and runs from mid-October to June each year. However, you may choose to work with your partner for more or even less time. You have the flexibility to decide. HRMA will offer support to any participant for the nine month duration.
Please note that while very effort is made to provide all applicants with a match, HRMA 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.
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 an HRMA 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 from October to June
- Be prepared to participate in a regional Kick Off/Orientation Session for the program where available (online version also available). (Optional for past-participants)
- 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 CDP 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 protégé/mentor contact to a maximum of 20 hours per year. Please refer to the CPD Summary Log for clarification or contact the CPHR Registrar.
- Giving back to the HR community in your region
Defining Roles: Proteges and Mentors
In our 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 received feedback, coaching and assistance from their mentor, resulting in the enhancement of the proteges’ professional career.
The mentor’s role is to be the ‘guide on the side’ while living a legacy. 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 HRMA PMP.
Have a question not answered above? Please read our Mentoring Information Guide & FAQ document.
Contact the PMP Manager for more information.