Mentors help, guide and advise Licentiate members as they seek to become Chartered. Mentoring is a great way to engage with the next generation of Chartered members, and also counts towards your CPD requirements.
You will help your candidate develop their knowledge and understanding of the requirements of professional practice to an appropriate level to enable them to be successful in the Chartership exam. Mentors aren’t expected to spoonfeed candidates, and you won’t simply provide answers. Rather, you will help your candidate explore the syllabus, and wider professional practice, and provide signposting for specific evidence.
You must provide an assessment of your candidate’s knowledge and understanding at the beginning of their journey, in the form of the initial review. You then provide an update at the end of every quarter, in the form of the mentor review. This allows you to indicate any changes in the level of knowledge and understanding, and describe how this change has occurred. It is also your responsibility to notify the supervisor when, in your view, your candidate is ready to take the Chartership exam.
The mentor review deadline is exactly a week after the candidate deadline (always 7th of the month), and must be kept to. Extensions are possible, but only when arranged in advance with the Professional Development Officer.
Please note that the system only saves draft reviews up until the deadline. These are not stored after this time. It is recommended that mentor reviews are written up elsewhere first, and then copied into the system.
The below webinar was recorded in 2013, but is still relevant to all aspects of mentoring.
“Being a supervisor has sharpened both my communications and management skills. You have to be able to take a clear, professional view; and give sensitive advice. I’m the outside influence, and ocassional mediator, on the partnership between the candidate and mentor” Lindsey Wilkinson FLI
Supervisors play a vital role in the Chartership process; as an independent advisor they can give an objective view on the progress and development being made, and provide support and advice for both the candidate and mentor. To become a supervisor you must have been Chartered for at least five years, and be willing to dedicate time on four occasions a year to provide feedback. Each supervisor starts out with five candidates for whom they provide feedback on a quarterly basis. As there are deadlines involved, the LI also offers a small remuneration for your time. Current supervisors find the role very rewarding, and supervising counts towards your CPD. Supervising gives you a fuller understanding of the Pathway to Chartership, and is a great first step towards being a Chartership examiner.
“Being an examiner has made me a more effective mentor and supervisor. Working with the other examiners is great as we all bring different specialisms to the table. Examining is great for career progression, but also for your self-esteem and fulfilment. Most of all it is very enjoyable!” Samantha Leathers CMLI
Pairs of examiners conduct the Chartership exam, to ensure that the candidate being assessed can demonstrate the level of knowledge required to become Chartered. If you have been Chartered for at least five years, and have experience of the Pathway to Chartership syllabus and system, as a mentor or supervisor, you are welcome to apply to be an examiner.
The exams occur in Manchester and London twice a year, in May and November. Examiners are asked to attend at least one session a year, although many examine across both sessions.
Applications are assessed by the two Chief Examiners, and full training is provided.