A mentor is a PAg/TAg or a retired registrant that provides assistance and guidance to the articling registrant during their articling period. The primary role of the mentor is to guide the articling registrant through the nontechnical aspects of professionalism such as:
- Introduce BCIA at the branch and provincial levels, reviewing governance and function of the Institute
- Set an example as a professional.
- Invite, introduce and welcome the new registrant to branch and BCIA activities
- Review and clarify the material and subject matter in the Professional Governance Act, Bylaws and Code of Ethics - Schedule A
- Review and clarify the new Duty to Report.
- Assist the articling registrant in identifying and undertaking professional development activities that may prove useful to the registrant in their area of practice.
- Review PD hours claims in the mentee's reports ensuring they are meeting required minimums
- Both parties must complete a mentoring agreement once the articling registrant has been accepted into BCIA.
- Provide verification signatures for activities or events for which they should have personal knowledge of the articling registrant attending
- Provide a final recommendation regarding elevation to full status for the registrant.
Q: When should I start looking for a mentor?
A: Articling registrants should have a signed mentoring agreement remitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by two months after the date of their acceptance letter into the program. The signed agreement must be submitted in order for the articling program elements to be recognized.
Mentorship can be provided by a TAg or a PAg; however, TAgs may only provide mentorship to ATAgs but not to AAgs.
Some considerations when establishing a mentoring relationship:
- Usually both the mentor and the articling registrant are both of the same branch but it isn’t a requirement. The required 2X/year check-in meetings can be in-person OR electronically. We encourage more frequent meetings if at all possible.
- It is not essential that the articling registrant and the mentor have expertise in the same area of practice; it is more important that a mentor be obtained to guide the registrant through the program and to introduce the articling registrant to their professional network.
- The articling registrant's immediate supervisor can be a suitable mentor if: the articling registrant prefers to have such arrangement, and there can be no ethical quarrel between the articling registrant's job description and the development of professional ethics at work
- The success of the mentoring relationship will be an outcome of the trust between the two parties. Mutual trust generates an openness to discuss ideas, problems, deficiencies, goals and achievements.
Tips for Mentors
- Establish regular contact with the articling registrant
- Be open and frank and avoid being judgmental
- Don’t expect to have all the answers
- Assist the articling registrant to network
- Respect confidentiality
- Keep working with the articling registrant until communication “happens”.
Some frequently asked questions are located in the Articling Registrants Q & A.
The Articling Program Guide for Mentors and Articling Coordinators a companion document to the Articling Journal is an excellent resource for Mentors and Articling Coordinators.