Applications for our 2016 mentoring program will be accepted starting early Fall 2015.

Want to learn more about what mentoring is all about and earn 2.5 CHRP credits? HRMA now offers an on-demand mentoring preparation course. 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 the protégé. You do not need to be participating in our formal HRMA mentoring program to take this course. If you have or are interested in starting a mentoring relationship outside of HRMA’s formal mentoring program this course is for you!

For more information and to register for the on-demand course.

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. This member-only program runs annually from January to June. 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 supporting 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
  • Complete an online application form
  • Be prepared to commit for a 6 month period from January to June
  • Participate in the regional Orientation Session for the program where available (online version also available)
  • Commit to participate in a minimum of 2-4 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
  • 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-specific events
  • Attending a regional Wrap Up event to celebrate successes and honour volunteers

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.

Important Dates

September 3rd,  2014 – Online Applications Open
September 30th , 2014 – Application Deadline
October 2014 – Possible call out for more mentors on a region by region basis depending on needs
November 2014 – Notifications of Successful Matches Emailed
January 2015 – Official Launch & Orientation Sessions
June 2015 – Regional Wrap Up Events


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