4 YEARS EXPERIENCE WITH MENTORED EXPERIENCE
Based on education and 4 years experience, including one year Mentored Experience. Where applicants have an appropriate Mentor, 4 years experience is considered the minimum number of experience years to meet the competency requirements for CCPE designation. Mentored Experience is one year of professional experience, which has been overseen by a qualified individual i.e. a Mentor. For the purposes of the 4 Years Experience Application Category, a Mentor must be a CCPE, a Member of ACE or another IEA Federated Society or an individual certified through an IEA accredited certification body during the time the mentoring takes place. The Mentor will, at a minimum, inspect the work of the applicant from time to time and provide feedback and guidance as required. The Mentor does not have to accept responsibility for the applicant’s work. It is not necessary for the Mentor to have been the applicant’s direct supervisor during the Mentored Experience period. If the Mentor is not the applicant’s supervisor, the applicant needs to ensure that there is contact between the Mentor and their supervisor with respect to applicant’s general performance on the job. The Mentor does not have to work for the same company as the applicant.
INFORMATION FOR THE APPLICANTThe Mentored Experience must occur after Education Requirements have been fully met to the satisfaction of the CCCPE Board. This means that those intending to apply in this category should apply for AE to have their educational qualifications assessed by the Board. It is not mandatory to do this but risky not to do it. Applied field work carried out as part of an educational program may be counted towards up to 3 months of Mentored Experience if the Educational Requirements have been fully met at the time the experience was accumulated and provided that the field work has not already been credited towards the Educational Requirements. Short periods of professional experience gained under a series of Mentors can be added together towards the requirements for one year FTE of Mentored Experience. Testimonial from all Mentors will be required. The one year of Mentored Experience does not have to precede the remaining professional experience required for certification. In order to be credited with Mentored Experience, the applicant must have demonstrated at least the 6 mandatory competencies in Table 4. The Mentor(s) must provide a Mentor Letter that documents the proficiency of the applicant‟s work as related to the competencies in Table 4. Applicant responsibilities:
- take notes during each communication with the Mentor and email them to the Mentor
- use notes to set agenda for next communication
- provide work products to the Mentor for review
Information for the Mentor
The Mentor must be a CCPE, a Member of ACE or another IEA Federated Society or an individual certified through an IEA accredited certification body during the time the mentoring takes place. The Mentor does not have to accept responsibility for the applicant‟s work.
- communicate with applicant at least once a month to review work progress and provide guidance; phone conferences and email messages are legitimate forms of communication, but periodic face-to-face meetings are also important.
- review Table 4 with the applicant during the first meeting to identify objectives that she/he would like to get out of the mentoring process; review initial objectives periodically to see if they need to be changed.
- use meeting notes prepared by applicant to work out a plan for progression and determine if progress is being made
- review work products provided by the applicant and provide feedback and guidance as required
Once the mentored period is complete, the Mentor is required to provide a Mentor Letter which covers duration and form of relationship, dates of meetings and progress reports. The Mentor Letter should include a description of how and when the applicant demonstrated the professional competencies in Table 4, and at what level (adequate/satisfactory, moderate level, high level). The Mentor Letter should be signed by the Mentor, and countersigned by the applicant and returned with her/his application.