A mentor is a full status or a retired registrant that provides assistance and guidance to the articling registrant during their articling period. Both parties must complete a mentoring agreement once the articling registrant has been accepted into BCIA.The primary role of the mentor is to guide the articling registrant through the nontechnical aspects of professionalism such as:
- Introduction to BCIA at both the provincial and the branch level, a review of governance, and what the functions are of the Institute
- Setting an example as a registered professional
- Introduce the new registrant to the mentor's professional network
- 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(s) of practice.
- Discuss and review professional development reporting to ensure required minimums are met
- Provide articling checklist signatures in select boxes indicating engagement with the articling registrant
- Provide a letter that includes final recommendation regarding elevation to full status
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 from the same branch but it is not a requirement.
- The required bi-annual meetings can be in-person OR virtually. We encourage more frequent meetings if possible
- It is not essential that the articling registrant and mentor have expertise in the same area of practice yet for some it can be quite beneficial
- 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 professional ethics in the workplace
- The success of the mentoring relationship will be based on the mutual trust between the two parties, as this 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 good communication is achieved
- 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.