Mentoring program


New participants

How do I apply to be a participant of the program?

You can apply by visiting our Mentoring webpage and completing the two step process of registering and then creating your mentoring profile by filling in an online application form. Completion of the form should only take 5-10 minutes and requires you to have a good idea of what it is you are hoping to get from/share with your mentoring partner once the program begins.

If you have any specific requirements other than the available options, as 'must have' please email [email protected]

Q. What do I need to be eligible for the AHRI mentoring program?


  • To be eligible for the HR Professional Mentoring Program you need to be an AHRI member (affiliate, MAHRI, CAHRI, FAHRI or graduate) and to be have been working in HR for 12+ months previously. Mentees can also be highly experienced HR professionals who are wanting to progress to more senior roles.
  • To be eligible for the New to HR Mentoring Program you must be an AHRI member (affiliate or graduate). You may be transitioning from another role into HR for the first time or have recently graduated with an HR qualification.
  • To be eligible for the APC Program Student Mentoring Program you need to be an active member and a current student undertaking the program.
  • To be eligible for the  new AHRI Student Mentoring Program coming in 2021, you must be a paid AHRI student member with no previous HR experience and are in your final year of your HR studies. 

Mentors: You must be an AHRI professional member and have 5+ years’ HR experience to be eligible to be a mentor.

Unsure if you qualify? Please email [email protected] or call 03 9918 9247. 

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Q. To be a mentor how much experience should I have?

To be a mentor − by definition an experienced and trusted adviser − you need to have at least five years’ HR experience. Being a mentor means you have the HR experience and skills that you can pass on to someone with less experience. The more work experience you list on your application, the more potential mentees you can be matched with. 

If you are unsure whether you would qualify, please email [email protected] or call 03 9918 9247 to discuss.

Q. To be a mentee, do I have to be currently employed in HR?

No you do not. We now offer three different mentoring programs for different levels:

  • If you have 12+ months’ experience in HR you can apply to be a mentee in the HR Professional Mentoring Program.
  • If you have fewer than 12 months’ experience in HR and are not currently studying HR you can apply to be a mentee in the New to HR Mentoring Program. This includes recent graduates and those wanting to transition into an HR role from another role. If you are transitioning roles we recommend you contact AHRI first to discuss.
  • If you are currently undertaking the AHRI Practising Certification Program you can apply as a mentee as an APC Program Student.
  • If you are currently in your third or final year of your HR qualification and are a current financial AHRI student member you can apply for the AHRI Student Mentoring Program.

Unsure which program is right for you or whether you qualify? Email [email protected] or call 03 9918 9247 to discuss.

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Q. Can mentors have more than one mentee?

Mentors can request to have either one or two mentees in an intake. This decision is entirely up to the mentor. As long as they feel they will have the time to give to both mentees then there is no problem.

Each relationship should operate separately, however from time to time the mentor may wish to combine a session if it is deemed to be of benefit to both mentees and only if both mentees agree to a joint session. However most sessions (mentoring partnerships) will operate in a one-on-one fashion.

Q. Can I be a mentor and mentee at the same time?

Yes, provided you have the time and commitment to the program you can take part in the program as both a mentee and mentor at the same time. In fact, individuals are strongly encouraged to consider being a mentor and a mentee.

Particularly with very new professionals, mentees often appreciate having someone less experienced but who can relate well to being new to the profession. Just because you only have a few years’ experience (four years’ minimum) doesn't mean you have nothing to offer.

Q. Do I have to be an AHRI member to take part in the mentoring program?

Yes, to participate you must be an AHRI member. If you are not yet a member, you can join online as an affiliate or professional member.

We would recommend that you consider the membership criteria to ensure you have the correct membership level. This will also grant you access to member-only benefits. Find out more or contact [email protected]

Q. How long does the mentoring program run for?

The HR Professional and New to HR mentoring programs run for nine months. At the end of the program the formal relationship will no longer exist, however, in many instances the relationships that have been created are often continued long after the program has ended.

Q. Apart from being matched, what else is included in the program?

The mentoring matches will be assigned at the commencement of the program. Shortly after these matches are made you will be invited to attend an induction webinar which will give you more information about the program including what is required of you as a participant, code of conduct and important dates.

During the program you will have access to online resources and be invited to participate in the mid-program check-in and end of program close session. These are great opportunities to meet and network with other HR professionals from the program. You will receive updates via the dedicated Mentoring Program portal from AHRI which can include information about upcoming events, webinars, articles of interest and surveys to complete, along with other information on the current participant web-page.

Q. If I apply, am I guaranteed of being matched in the mentoring program?

No, there is no guarantee that we will be able to successfully match you in each intake. Generally, there are more mentees who wish to participate in the program than mentors. Whilst every effort will be made to involve all applicants in the mentoring program, this is not always achievable. Once state allocations are exhausted we will match mentors and mentees across other States/Territories.

Whilst participation in the mentoring program cannot be guaranteed we will endeavor to match all applicants in the current intake. If we are unable to match you in the current program, we will offer to roll your application over into the following year and in the case of being a mentee, you will also have the option be transferred or fully refunded. 

Q. How much does it cost to participate in the mentoring program as a mentor?

To participate in the program as a mentor there is no cost for the program itself, however you are required to be a current member of AHRI to apply.

If you have recently retired please contact us before completing your mentoring application, as you may be eligible for a retiree membership. 

Q. How much does it cost to participate in the mentoring program as a mentee?

HR Professional and New to HR mentees have an administrative fee of $220 incl GST which covers the cost of matching and managing the programs. You are required to be an AHRI member to participate in the program.

There are no discounts for retirees or graduates in terms of cost of application into the mentoring program − the same $220 rate applies for all mentees (excepting student mentees). The AHRI Student Mentoring Program is free, provided you are a current paid student member of AHRI ($33 annual fee). Mentors participate free of charge.

Q. I have missed the current intake, how do I get involved in the next intake?

If you have been unable to register for a recent intake and would like to register your interest for the next intake you can register an expression of interest via the website when the current intake closes.

Registering your interest for the next intake means you will be contacted with application details when they open online. It does not mean that you are registered for the program and you are not committed to taking part in the program.

Current participants

Q. My mentoring partnership is not working out for me; what should I do?

Should mentors/mentees feel they are not suited or are having issues with the relationship, please contact [email protected] to discuss the situation. These situations will be dealt with on a case by case basis and outcomes may vary depending on the specific situation.

If for any reason you are unable to continue with the mentoring program you should contact [email protected] as soon as possible or call us on 03 9918 9247 to discuss options.

Q. I have tried contacting my mentor/mentee but have not heard back, what should I do?

It is important to realise that mentors/mentees may have many pressures on their time and to be patient. If you have been unsuccessful in reaching the mentoring partner in a reasonable amount of time please contact [email protected]. These situations will be dealt with on a case by case basis and outcomes may vary depending on the specific situation.

We often find that it is simply a case of changed contact details/email and the problem can be resolved quickly for you but we will let you know as soon as we make contact and the outcome for you.

Q. I need to withdraw from the program, whom do I notify?

We will need official withdrawal notification from you in writing (email [email protected]) or call 03 9918 9247 to discuss your options. We will then contact your mentor/mentee to inform them of your withdrawal.

We also recommend that you notify your mentee/mentor as a courtesy of your withdrawal from the program as many mentors would view this as an opportunity for feedback on how they can improve their mentoring skills.

A full refund is available to those mentees that have paid the $220 mentoring fee, when AHRI is notified in writing of withdrawal prior to the program start, or minus $55 admin fee if they withdrawal within 30 days of the mentoring program commencing.

Q. Can I apply to be part of the program more than once?

Both mentees and mentors can be part of the program as often as they like. We have some mentors who have been part of the program year after year and speak of the benefits of being a mentor highly and continue to enjoy being a mentor.

Mentees can also take part in the program as often as they like as their career develops and evolves or their goals shift. Most people will tend to need more than one mentor, as you are not likely or very lucky to have all goals met by the one mentor.

Q. How often should I meet with my mentor/mentee?

To benefit from the mentoring relationship, mentors and mentees should have at least one hour contact a month. Pairs may meet more regularly and are encouraged to do so. Timing of meetings may change during the relationship as the needs of the mentor/mentee change and this is up to the pair to manage.

You can organise meetings via email, phone, Skype or face to face (where possible) during or outside of work hours, and this is to be discussed and agreed upon at your initial meeting.

Q. What do we talk about?

It is a good idea to plan meetings ahead and set goals for each meeting. The mentee can develop a list of questions they would like advice or feedback on and the mentor could develop a list of experiences they wish to share which may help the mentee. It is important to keep the discussions to work related issues that will assist in the professional development of the mentee and mentor.

Wondering what to discuss at your first meeting? Here are some suggestions:

  • Backgrounds and interests
  • What challenges you might be facing
  • What your expectations of the program are
  • What HR topics you want to cover
  • Set goals and/or timelines for the year
  • What format the sessions might take e.g. formal (agendas) or more flexible
  • Identify upcoming dates that might impact the program e.g. holidays/work commitments
  • Setting calendar dates/meetups/skype sessions etc.

Q. Can the mentoring relationship continue after the AHRI mentoring program is completed?

The mentoring relationship can be continued informally once the mentoring program is completed, however the relationship will not be acknowledged by AHRI. Both mentor and mentee are welcome to apply for the program the following year; however they will be assigned different partners.

Mentees are also encouraged to become mentors after they have completed the program, if they feel they have the necessary experience (minimum of four years’ experience).

Q. I have recently finished my mentoring program and would like to have my mentoring partnership profiled in the AHRI HRM magazine and HRMonline. How do I apply for consideration?

We love being able to share stories of our mentoring program partnerships with the rest of AHRI and other HR professionals. If you and your mentee/mentor are keen to be profiled for our HRM magazine and online, please email [email protected]

Q. Can I receive CPD points for the mentoring program?

You can receive 1 CPD point for every hour spent in mentoring meetings and any research that a mentor or mentee does to prepare for meetings with their mentoring partner. It is the responsibility of the mentor and mentee to add the CPD accumulated to their own records. We recommend that you keep a diary of your CPD points.

You will also receive 1 CPD point for every hour spent attending networking events – in this instance CPD points will be will automatically be logged in your profile by AHRI staff.