Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program is a service provided to SQA members whereby the Mentoring Program Committee (MPC) establishes a temporary partnership between two Society members for the purpose of education and networking consistent with the MPC Mission.

Mentoring applications are now open until 4 October 2019. Follow the instructions below to apply today!

No person, organization, or other entity is permitted to reproduce any part of the SQA Mentoring Program without the express permission of SQA.

Mentoring Program Resources

(for Mentoring Program participants in active mentoring or peer partnerships)


Step 1

Complete the application form, including uploading a current copy of your CV. This must be done by 4 October 2019 to be included in the final 2019 cohort of Mentoring Program participants. You must be a 2019 member of SQA to participate in the Mentoring Program.

Mentoring Program Application Form

Step 2

By mid-October, you will receive an email from the Mentor Connect/Compatibility system to complete your mentoring profile. By the end of October, you will receive information on connecting with your mentoring partner and using the Mentor Connect/Compatibility system to facilitate your partnership. If you have any questions on the process, contact us at


What's New about the 2019 Mentoring Program?

  • We are using the Mentor Connect/Compatibility system to make matches, and for Mentors and Mentees to manage their partnerships.
  • We are moving to quarterly application windows in 2019 instead of rolling open applications.
  • We are phasing out Peer Partnerships for now (largely due to low demand). We will re-evaluate the possible re-implementation of the Peer Partner program at a later date.
  • For now, we will not provide Mentees with the option to choose a Mentor. We will re-evaluate the possibility of enabling this feature again at a later date.

Who can participate in the Mentoring Program?

You!  If you are a member of the SQA, then you can apply to be a Mentor or Mentee!

What about Student Members?

Student Members of SQA are absolutely encouraged to use the Mentoring Program - even if you aren't sure what you want your future career path to be. We have questions on the Mentee application to help us serve students better.

What's in it for me?

The Society of Quality Assurance and the Mentoring Program Committee acknowledges the dedication of its members as participants of the Mentoring Program.  Successful completion of a six-month partnership will result in:
  • Certificate of Participation
  • 2 RQAP reregistration units (maximum of 2 partnerships or 4 RQAP units per year)

Mentoring Program FAQs

Mentoring Program Committee

Contact us:

How it Works

Prospective participants may submit their applications following the above directions at any time. The MPC reviews applications and facilitates the establishment of partnerships on an ongoing basis (generally through a monthly meeting with email follow-up). All applicants are notified if a match has been established by the MPC. The MPC supports the formal partnership with tools and progress monitoring for a maximum of six months.

Once the partnership goals have been achieved, each participant completes and submits an evaluation form. The completion of the evaluation officially communicates to the MPC that the formal partnership has concluded, but the individuals in the partnership determine if they wish to continue an informal relationship past this time frame.

The Mentoring Program Partnership Life Cycle looks something like this:

Mentoring Program Partnership Life Cycle

Key Definitions


A person with specified experience that serves as a teacher, a wise and trusted guide and an advisor. In this program, a Mentor will impart enriching experiences to their Mentee based on their QA experience, will give personal feedback and encouragement in specific situations, and will help the Mentee acquire new technical knowledge and skills by guiding the Mentee through educational materials and toward training opportunities. 

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More Information

Mentoring Program FAQs

Visit this page for answers to questions that prospective and current participants commonly have.

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Tools for Participants

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Mentor Guidance Document

This document was created as a general guide to being a mentor.  It includes topics such as when to make first contact with your mentor, documents that you will need to file or may use on behalf of the partnership, such as the Partnership Plan, Contact Log and final Evaluation, and tips for a successful partnership or how to terminate an unsuccessful one.  Go to this file if you have recently become a Mentor or if you are thinking of becoming a mentor and would like a better understanding of mentor responsibilities and expectations.

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