Your Mentor is a key player in your development as a responsible member of the planning profession. S/he will help in your professional growth and your development of specific competencies. Your mentorship period will last a minimum of one year, and may be longer, as your Mentor must be satisfied that the objectives of the mentorship program have been met. These are ensuring that you are exposed to, and cover, a range of professional topics while completing your practical work experience, including:
- Your area of specialization
- An understanding of the scope of planning practice, professional accountability and ethical standards
- The planner’s responsibility to the public interest
- Your commitment toward the Institute, and
- Achievement of an acceptable level and range of the profession’s competencies
Specifically, you and your Mentor must cover the following core topics/issues during your mentorship:
- The CIP Code of Professional Conduct
- The role of public interest in professional planning
- The role of the profession in maintaining standards of competency, ethics and professionalism
- A broad range of the profession’s competencies
Your Mentor will complete and sign off on your Record of Mentorship once s/he is satisfied that the program’s objectives have been accomplished. This Record should include a log of all meetings you have had with your Mentor (in person, by phone or by other electronic means), activities undertaken, topics/issues covered, and documentation that the core topics/issues have been covered.
Choosing a Mentor
Ideally, you will be able to provide the name of a Mentor at the time of your application for assessment. However, should this not be possible, you will have 90 days from the date of your application to identify and secure the agreement of a qualified person as your Mentor.
Your Mentor must:
- Currently be a Registered/Certified member (MCIP, RPP/LPP) in good standing of a PTIA
- Have more than three years’ experience as a Registered/Certified member (MCIP, RPP/LPP)
Note: time as a Provisional/Candidate member does not count towards fulfilling the three-year requirement.
Because the Mentor’s role is seen as collegial, we anticipate that s/he will often be a supervisor or close work/professional colleague. However, it is also possible, when necessary, that you can have a long distance relationship with a Mentor, provided that the relationship meets the objectives of the program.
Both you and your Mentor will complete, sign and submit to PSB a formal Mentorship Agreement. Either you or your Mentor may terminate this agreement and the mentorship relationship for any reason by advising PSB in writing and indicating the termination date. Should this happen, it will be your responsibility to identify a new Mentor and submit a signed revised Mentorship Agreement. You will retain credit for your original mentorship, provided a Record of Mentorship is submitted.
Can My Mentorship Pre-date My Application to PSB?
You cannot begin a mentorship relationship until you have been accepted as a Candidate member of your Provincial/Territorial Institute or Association (PTIA), and have submitted your Mentorship Agreement to us.
I’ve Had an Informal Mentor for a Couple of Years – Can I Backlog My Mentorship?
Mentorship cannot be backlogged – only mentorship experience gained subsequent to your acceptance as a Candidate member of your PTIA, and admission to PSB’s process, can be logged in your Record of Mentorship.
Mentorship Agreement and Guide
To download the Mentorship Guide, please click here.
The mentorship agreement is available here.
The record of mentorship form is available here.