Certification for Professional Mentors
Mentor Certification requires a minimum number of structured training hours supervised by an NTA certified trainer or supervisor. Training as a Professional Mentor may be delivered by a Certified NTA Master Trainer or by any institution where an NTA Certified TutorTrainer/Academic Coach/Professional Mentor is on staff, or by taking the Mentoring Webinars offered by the National Tutoring Association.
Prerequisites for Professional Mentors
PROFESSIONAL MENTOR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
- Current NTA Membership in good standing
- Associate’s Degree Required
- Minimum of ten documented hours of volunteer mentoring
- Competency proven through the following:
- Successful completion of Learning Preferences Webinar.
- Successful completion of Basic Level Mentor Webinar.
- Successful completion of Advanced Level Mentor Webinar.
- Completion of NTA Certified Tutor Training can be via in-school training, NTA regional or national workshop/conference, or by live or recorded webinars.
Training Topics for Professional Mentors
Each Level of Certification requires structured training supervised by an NTA certified trainer. Below is a list of recommended training topics for the Professional Mentor Certification.
TRAINING TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
- Definition of Mentoring
- How is Mentoring Different from Tutoring and Academic Coaching?
- Fundamental Models & Principles of Professional Mentoring
- Preparing yourself to be a mentor
- Evaluating Students for mentoring needs
- The four phases of mentoring
- Why people don’t mentor
- How to adopt a mentor mind-set
- Negotiating agreements with protégés
- Generational obstacles
- Defining success
- Brain-Based Learning
- Linking Learning Styles to Preference
- How does leadership style affect mentoring
- Your Philosophy of Mentoring
- Fact and Fallacy in mentoring
- Confidentiality & Privacy
- Coming to closure