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Discover one of CPHR Alberta's most valuable member benefits
Hundreds of CPHR Alberta members have benefited from our mentorship program. These relationships help mentors and protégés raise the standard for human resources in our province by creating an exchange of skills and best practices. The evolution of our profession is taking place in workplaces across the province. Mentorship allows HR professionals an opportunity to hear first-hand about challenges they may be facing, and the unique solutions that CPHR Alberta members are finding to these situations.
"...The transparency of the partnership and becoming a dedicated “student” can be incredibly rewarding. The emotional vulnerability you experience strengthens bonds and connections, and forces you to prioritize the relationship in order to keep the momentum at its peak. The result? Sharing best practices’ is eventually seamless and mutually rewarding!”
-Reena Sharma, SHRM-SCP, CPHR, Vice President, Integrated Talent Management Optimum Talent
The CPHR Alberta Mentorship Program has two intakes each year:
January to June 2020 Intake
- November 19, 2019 - Registration open
- January 10, 2020 – Application deadline
- January 13 - 17, 2020 - Participant matches made
July to December 2020 Intake
- May 5, 2020 – Registration open
- June 26, 2020 – Application deadline
- June 29 - July 3, 2020 - Participant matches made
Mentoring relationships generally last for six months, but we've created an option for twelve month relationships as well. Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us. If you're already in a mentoring relationship you can formalize it with our agreement in the Resources section of this page. Once it's formalized the relationship will qualify for CPD hours.
Be a mentor in the CPHR Alberta Mentorship Program so you can:
- Become a subject matter expert
- Develop your leadership and coaching skills
- Re-energize your career
Be a protégé in the CPHR Alberta Mentorship Program so you can:
- Get a solid understanding of professional culture and practices
- Expand your professional network
- Gain a better understanding of where you want to take your career, and how you can get there
About the CPHR Alberta Mentorship Program:
CPHR Alberta takes a hands-on approach when matching our mentors and protégés. We work towards a match where both individuals benefit based on their experiences and expertise. Each match is based on the needs of the individuals involved. Mentors and protégés commit to a six-month or twelve-month relationship, and meet virtually or in-person.
Based on participant feedback, we've updated the program to reflect the goals of participants. We now offer two streams of mentorship: Leadership Mentoring and a Career Development option.
The Leadership Mentorship Stream
- Matches experienced CPHR members with up-and-coming HR leaders. It provides an opportunity for seasoned members to mentor protégés who want to increase their strategic HR knowledge and leadership skills.
The Career Development Stream
- Matches members with HR experience to rising stars in the HR field in Alberta! This stream provides an opportunity for mentors at different stages in their career to provide guidance and advice to those who are new to the HR profession.
CPHR Alberta Mentorship Program Requirements
The Leadership Mentoring Stream
Mentors: Must be a CPHR with at least eight years’ experience in any area of HR.
Protégés: Must have at least three years’ experience in some aspect of HR, with preference given to CPHRs and CPHR Candidates.
The Career Development Stream
Mentors: Must have at least five years’ experience in any area of HR. The CPHR designation is not a requirement.
Protégés: You're looking to move to the next level of your career. Perhaps you want experience in another specialization of HR, or perhaps you're in a new role and looking for an outside perspective. All CPHR Alberta members are welcome.
- Download the Mentorship Handbook for a complete overview of the program
- Already in a Mentoring relationship? Download the Mentoring Agreement Extension and email back to Lynda
- Mentoring Agreement - to be completed after you are matched
- Mentoring Learning Plan Worksheet - to measure your goals and success
- Blog Post: 7 Things to do in a Mentoring Relationship