Through the mentorship program, candidates work with experienced certified translators who provide guidance and help them obtain the official recognition of their abilities, certification. A mentor is an experienced certified translator with at least five years of experience. The mentor is certified by a Canadian professional translators' association in the language combination in which the candidate is seeking certification, and accepted as a mentor by the CTINB. It is offered in such a way as to preserve the anonymity of the mentee and the mentor and all communication between the two parties is facilitated by a certification committee member.
There are two types of mentorship targeting employees of a translation service and self-employed translators respectively. The mentorship program is open to any CTINB candidate for certification who has at least two years' work experience in translation. Each candidate will submit a total of at least 30,000 words to the mentor. Normally, a rate of approximately 5000 words per month (which may be divided into several submissions) over a period of six months will be expected. During this period, the mentor will communicate with the candidate, through a member of the Certification Committee, at least once a month to offer feedback, advice and guidance.
Candidates for certification wishing to participate in the mentorship program must have either:
a. a university degree in translation or a related field and at least two years of relevant full-time experience or the equivalent of 200,000 words translated in the past two years.
b. at least four years of proven, relevant full-time experience or the equivalent of 400,000 words translated within the last four years. At the end of this period, the mentor will make one of three recommendations:
- That the candidate be certified.
- That the candidate not be certified.
- That the mentorship be extended.The cost to the participant is $600.