Who can be a mentor?

All applicants for Registered Membership are expected to have spent a period of time working under the guidance of a mentor who is an experienced ergonomist or human factors professional. Wherever possible a mentor should be a Registered Member or Fellow of the CIEHF. We encourage senior members of the Institute to provide a mentoring service to less experienced colleagues, and to provide this time for free. The role of mentor does involve a modest degree of time and effort and as the contribution from the mentor is important to the individual under their guidance, potential mentors should always consider carefully whether they will be able to fulfil the commitment before agreeing to it. If you are interested to become a mentor, please email us to join the CIEHF Mentoring Hub. 

Where can I find a mentor?

Mentors should have professional experience within your particular area of work, so you firstly look for a mentor from within your own organisation, although mentors in other organisations are acceptable. Where a mentor is from outside your organisation, you should meet reasonable expenses incurred by your mentor, although it is important that these are agreed in advance by both parties. If you do not know anyone who could be your mentor, you could attend a Regional Group event in your area to meet more people locally, or go to the CIEHF’s own Ergonomics & Human Factors conference where there will be lots of people who might be able to help you.

If you can't find a mentor, email us to join the CIEHF Mentoring Hub where you can post a brief summary of your professional interests and what you would like a mentor to help you with. Chartered Members available for mentoring will then contact you directly via the Mentoring Hub. 

Overseas applicants may not always have access to Institute members. In these circumstances a mentor holding an equivalent grade of membership with another federated society or organisation, recognised by the International Ergonomics Association or a related professional body, may be acceptable. Check with us in advance that such a mentor is likely to be suitable.

What is the CIEHF Mentoring Hub?

Our Mentoring Hub is a platform within our members' discussion forum Communities, where CIEHF mentors and members looking for a mentor can connect and access resources.  Download further information on how to find a mentor and offering mentoring via the Mentoring Hub. 

Why is mentoring so important for me?

Mentors help to ensure that you have the opportunity to receive independent advice and guidance from a qualified and experienced ergonomist/human factors expert on your professional development. In particular, mentors are expected to:
– look for and encourage the holistic approach that defines ergonomics.
– advise you on methods and techniques.
– assist in developing and reviewing a plan of professional development for you.

I’ve been asked to be a mentor. What do I need to do?

You could use, as a high level template, the questions that the assessors work to when they are assessing an application. Assessment is clearly more than a tick the box exercise, but if all those questions cannot be answered positively from the information provided then the application will not be approved. So you should be able to look at the log book and identify areas where knowledge or experience is insufficient and then guide the applicant to fill the gaps.

You should:

  • Make suggestions in terms of tools and techniques that might be appropriate for particular work.
  • Look particularly at those areas of knowledge and experience where the applicant might be weak.
  • Help the applicant identify how they can gain necessary experience, particularly if it is not part of their mainstream work.
  • Help and guide the applicant so that they are thinking and working in the way that a professional ergonomist would.
  • Help the applicant learn and gain from their experience.
  • Ensure that the applicant has progressed through the period of the mentorship in terms of work undertaken and approach adopted.
  • Guide and encourage.

If I become a mentor, what's in it for me?

Mentoring can be very rewarding. Seeing someone else progress and attain their goals with your help can be extremely satisfying. You'll empower someone, who may start out lacking confidence in their own abilities, to make their own decisions and take responsibility for their own actions and development. Mentoring helps you develop your own transferable skills and strengths in active listening and empathy, passing on your knowledge and expertise clearly, encouragingly and helpfully. These are all great attributes for a human factors professional and can be logged as reflective practice for your CPD.

"The response to the request for finding a mentor has been fantastic and it is a credit to the Institute."

E G, Construction Director