Mentoring is an invaluable part of the L-APC process. A mentor can help a candidate get the most out of their experiential learning and will provide them with additional support during the Licentiate period.
Mentoring is not a compulsory part of the L-APC and mentors do not need to register with the RTPI. The agreement exists between the Licentiate and the mentor.
Finding a mentor
Licentiates are encouraged to identify their own mentor, as this should more easily facilitate a productive working relationship, and make access to meetings with the mentor more viable. L-APC mentors do not have to be Chartered Town Planners. They may come from the workplace, from networking, or be personally known to you. If you are having difficulty finding a mentor, you can request assistance from the RTPI by completing the Mentor Request Form and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteering as a mentor
Mentoring can be a great Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity. Mentors report learning from Licentiates, and developing coaching skills which are often invaluable in the workplace. To volunteer as a mentor please complete the Mentor Volunteering Form and email it to email@example.com.
Resources for mentors
Mentors are required to familiarise themselves with the relevant L-APC Guidance and competencies. They are also encouraged to attend L-APC events in their region and to use the Mentoring Advice Note produced for them by the Institute - L-APC Advice Note: Mentoring.
For more information, contact the Membership Team on 020 7929 9462 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.