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Are you graduating this fall?
The Office of Mentoring Programs is proud to recognize graduating seniors (bachelors degree) who have served in peer educator roles within departments or programs (Peer Mentors, Guides, Educators, Advocates, Academic Peer Coaches, Learning Assistants, Tutors, SI Leaders, etc.) with cords to wear over graduation robes as a symbol of the valuable work they did with their peers through this high-impact educational experience.
You can track your training and mentoring hours through the Canvas course or you can log your mentoring hours online.
Contact: Olga Antonio | firstname.lastname@example.org | 801-626-7332
CPE Certificate Requirements
The Certified Peer Educator (CPE) training program “helps peer educators develop leadership skills to be able to successfully create and implement campus programs.” Trained facilitators offer CPE training at least two times per year for mentors to learn the skills necessary to be successful. The CPE training includes eight (8) modules covering a range of topics from the role of peer educators, to referral skills, to group dynamics.
In order for Weber State University mentors to obtain CPE certification, they must attend the workshops offered by trained facilitators. This training covers the eight modules in half-day to full day training days. Students must then complete an evaluation and pass a certification exam. Certified mentors receive a certificate, a resume attachment and access to an online community of support from peer educators across the country.
CRLA Certification Requirements
The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) “is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level.” The organization offers an International Mentor Training Program Certification. The Certification has three levels. Currently, Weber State University can award mentors the Level 1 Certification and is working towards Level 2 Certification.
In order for Weber State University mentors to be eligible for CRLA certification Level 1, they must complete a total of 15 training hours, spend a total of 50 hours in face-to-face meetings with mentees, and meet the mentor selection criteria. In order to meet the selection criteria, WSU mentors must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, interview with their departmental supervisor, and receive two or more references/letters of recommendation from faculty, former supervisors, or counselors.
What training is provided to mentors?
Mentors receive summer training with their respective departments, a one-day group training in August, and on-going training workshops once a month in fall and spring semester. The following are examples of the training topics:
- Responsibility and accountability
- Interpersonal communication
- Effective leadership skills
- Campus resources
- Cultural competence
How are my training hours being tracked?
Each time you attend an approved training or workshop, there will be a sign-in sheet. Be sure to fill in your name, department, time in, and time out. The sign-in sheet will be used to verify your attendance. To record completed training, mentors will access the Peer Mentor course on Canvas and submit reflections for each relevant training.
As per CRLA requirements, mentors can complete three of their 15 required training hours by watching videos online. Below you will find a list of approved trainings that have been recorded.
August 2014 Peer Mentor Training
- Understanding FERPA
- Overview of Being a Peer Mentor
- Diversity Panel
- Developing Emotional Intelligence
- Approaching Mentees
August 2015 Peer Mentor Training
- Welcome, Purpose, Certification
- The Role of the Peer Mentor
- Peer Mentoring Do's and Dont's
- Professional Ethics
- Establishing Rapport / Motivating Others
- Questioning and Listening Skills
- Campus Resources and Services
- Diversity Panel
August 2016 Peer Mentor Training
- Peer Mentor Panel Fall 2016
- Peer Mentors: Questioning and Listening
- Peer Mentors: Establishing Rapport with Mentees
- Peer Mentors: Ethics
- Peer Mentors: Five Do's and Don'ts of Peer Mentoring
Fall Semester 2015
- QPR: Suicide Prevention
- Helping Mentees with Study Skills
- Peer Mentors: Valuing Others
- Peer Mentors: Sexual Assault Awareness
Spring Semester 2016
- Peer Mentors Academic Coaching
- Stress Management: WSU Student Wellness
- Peer Mentors: Cultural Awareness
- Peer Mentors: Financial Aid
- Peer Mentors: Public Speaking
What if I see another training or workshop that could count toward my certification?
Let us know! We are happy to approve trainings and workshops outside of those already scheduled for peer mentors. Just contact your departmental supervisor with the details about the training you are interested in, and ask them to forward the information to Olga G. Antonio at email@example.com for approval and submission information.