New for the 2015/2016 Mentoring Program Year: 
The HRMA Professional Mentoring Program is expanding from a six month to a nine month program. This members’ only program will  now run from mid-October 2015 until early June of 2016.

Applications will be accepted starting: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Closing date of: Monday, August 31st, 2015. 

Members will receive notification via email of when applications are being accepted. Please ensure your membership and contact information is up-to-date so you don’t miss out on the application information and deadlines.

HRMA highly recommends that members interested in participating in the mentoring program complete the on-demand mentoring 101 preparation course before applying to the program.  This course will prepare you for a mentoring relationship by orientating, guiding and assisting you to enhance your professional development whether your role is that of mentor or of a protégé. Find out more and register.

For more information about the Professional Mentoring Program please read our Mentoring Information Guide & FAQ document.

Program Overview

HRMA’s Professional Mentoring Program (PMP) provides the framework for members to be matched, according to specific needs and goals, with other members for the purpose of enhancing professional development in a meaningful and supportive way.  With agreement from both parties, there is an option to continue on until the next program year commences, allowing participants to focus on their goals rather than the calendar.

In our program, it is the protégé who directs the learning by taking on the responsibility of setting priorities and goals and being self-directed. The mentor’s role is to be a ‘guide on the side’. This learning partnership forms the guiding principle of the HRMA PMP. Whether you are a newcomer to the field of HR or a senior practitioner, the PMP can support you to expand, refine and build new skills.

Roles and Responsibilities

It is important that applicants have a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities prior to applying to this program as well as an understanding of the purpose of the program. The PMP is not is a job search program but rather a program to support active learning.


A protégé is an active partner who receives advice, coaching, assistance and feedback from a more experienced person, resulting in the enhancement of the protégé’s professional career. The protégé must have clear goals established and be internally motivated to learn in order for the relationship to be successful.


A mentor is an experienced person who facilitates the self-directed learning, goals and objective of their protégé by advising, coaching, and providing feedback, guidance, expertise and knowledge. The mentor, while helping the protégé to achieve goals, does not set the goals.

To participate in the program you must:

  • Be an HRMA member in good standing
  • For proteges – pay the $30 application fee for general members and $20 application fee for students prior to completing the online application
  • Complete an online application form
  • Be prepared to commit for a 9 month period from October to June
  • Participate in a regional Kick Off/Orientation Session for the program where available (online version also available)
  • 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
  • Protégé: be prepared to provide an outline of goals and objectives at the outset of the program
  • Mentor: be prepared to provide an environment conducive to learning, whether in-person or online
  • Maintain a Mentoring Log for submission and verification, as required, for eligibility of CHRP points. Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to maintain these records.

Program benefits include:

  • Enhancing your HR career by gaining new insights from a different perspective
  • Making a significant impact in a colleague’s professional development
  • Giving back to the HR community in your region
  • Earning 1 CHRP point per hour of protégé/mentor contact to a maximum of 20 points. Please refer to the CHRP Recertification Log for clarification or contact the CHRP Registrar.
  • Building effective relationships with other HR professionals through your partnership and by attending mentoring-supported events

Please note that while every effort is made to provide all applicants with a match, HRMA cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the program as this is determined by the number of program volunteers and appropriate matches.

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