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IMTPC: International Mentor Training Program Certification
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After CRLA began certifying postsecondary tutor training programs in 1989, there was great interest in providing similar standards for training students to provide services perhaps more holistic than academic tutoring.  Peer mentors are often integral to the success of federally funded TRiO programs (such as Student Support Services) and of orientation and support programs for first-year students and students in transition.  The range of services provided by peer mentors on college campuses is broad, and CRLA members and leaders sought to establish criteria for excellence in mentor training of many kinds.  In 1998 the CRLA Board endorsed new standards and guidelines for mentor training programs, creating what we now refer to as International Mentor Training Program Certification.


CRLA had three purposes in establishing a certification process for mentor training programs: 

    • Certification sets standards and guidelines for the minimum skills and training mentors need to be successful. 
    • Certification also inspires mentor trainers to go beyond minimum standards to create training programs that challenge mentors to the highest level of expertise they can achieve. 
    • Certified training programs offer campus recognition and rewards for mentors’ successful work by certifying mentors trained to the standards of CRLA’s International Mentor Training Program Certification.

Certification communicates validity to critics, prestige among colleagues, and credibility to administrators and other institutional stakeholders.  The certification criteria provided by CRLA’s IMTPC can be used to develop a new program of peer mentor training, revise an existing program, or expand a program into new areas of perceived need.  As with tutor certification, IMTPC is a "living" program: criteria are reviewed annually in light of professional input and new learning in the field.

 Certification Levels

Mentor training programs may be certified at three levels: Certified, Advanced, and Master.  International Mentor Training Program Certification provides two training options for certification at Level I.  One of those options is coordinated with International Tutor Training Program Certification and includes the ten hours of training a student may have completed for tutoring plus an additional five hours of training related to mentoring.

Each level of certification for peer mentors requires at least 15 hours of training presented in a variety of formats from a menu of topics.  Mentoring experience, selection criteria, and evaluation are also integral components of the criteria.  However, the criteria still allow for the unique needs of each program, making program certification both rigorous and flexible.


CRLA's IMTPC has been endorsed by the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA) and Commission XVI of the American College Personnel Association.

In addition, sister organizations of the Council (CLADEA) also endorse CRLA’s program certifications:

Note: CRLA certifies programs, not individual mentors.  In other words, CRLA certifies that a particular mentor training program is qualified to issue CRLA certificates to individual mentors trained to the program's certification- approved levels.

For More Information

Contact Heather Porter at for more information about CRLA's International Mentor Training Program Certification.

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Questions to CRLA IMTPC Coordinator: Heather Porter at
Last update on: 22-Feb-2013

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