Q1. How much time is required for the Military Mentor?
A1. The Military Mentor will spend a minimum of 2 hours with the Military Mentee per month. This can be face to face or over the phone. 

Q2. How much time is required for the Military Mentee?
A2. The Military Mentee will spend a minimum of 2 hours with the Military Mentor per month. This can be face to face or over the phone. 

Q3. How long is the program?
A3. The Military Mentor/Mentee partnership will last approximately 3 months. If you wish to continue in the formal Military Mentoring program at the end of this period you must re-apply. The Military Mentor/Mentee can continue informally but will not include any PMI Atlanta involvement.

Q4. How do I apply to the program?
A4. Anyone interest in being considered for the program must be a member of the PMI Atlanta Chapter and needs to complete the following:

     1. Read FAQ’s
     2. Gather a current resume (optional)
     3. Submit Survey Application
     4. Attend the mandatory “kickoff” meeting to formally launch Mentor relationship

Q5. Who is eligible to be a Military Mentee?
A5. PMI Atlanta Chapter members in good standing. Typically a Military Mentee is somebody seeking the role of a project manager, program manager, project coordinator or project scheduler and is looking to advance their own knowledge and career. 

Q6. Who is eligible to be a Military Mentor?
A6. PMI Atlanta Chapter members in good standing. Typically a Military Mentor will be:

  • Be considered an experienced project manager by his/her peers
  • Have 5+ years of experience as a project manager or project related roles
  • Have a PMP designation
  • Have Military experience

Q7. What is Mentoring?
A7. Mentoring is the act of helping someone to improve their project management skills. Mentors are facilitators and catalysts in a process of discovery and insight. In a learning partnership, the Mentor’s role is to “guide on the side” rather than “the expert with the answers”. Instead of being Mentor driven, with the Mentor taking full responsibility for the Mentee’s learning, the Mentee learns to share responsibility for the learning, setting priorities, learning, and resources and becomes increasingly self-directed.

Q8. Are only professionals from specific industries allowed to participate?
A8. All industries are welcome.

Q9. Why is there a Kick-Off session?
A9. Best practices indicate a successful Military Mentoring program is based on:

  1. A good Mentor/Mentee match
  2. A Kick-Off Meeting to provide guidelines and set-up expectations for Mentors and Mentees


Q10. As a PMP, how many PDU’s (Professional Development Units) will I earn?
A10. Both the Mentor and/or the Mentee, if they are a PMP can each earn PDU’s as follows:

Activity PMP Mentor PMP Mentee PDU Type
Kick-Off Meeting/Meet and Greet  2 2 Activity: Organization Meeting
Category: Education 
Mentoring for 3 months @ 2 hours minimum per month   6 6 Mentor
Activity: Giving back to the profession, Category E: Volunteer Service.
Activity: Informal Learning, Category C: Self-directed Learning.
Total Mentoring PDU’s (maximum) 8 8  

Q11. I am working on obtaining my PMP designation, can I claim Mentoring as part of the required 35 contact hours of Project Management Education towards my PMP qualifications?
A11. No, unfortunately, Mentoring programs do not qualify for the 35 contact hour requirement. This portion of the PMP Certification examination application is specifically focused on structured learning programs addressing specific PM knowledge areas exemplified by a classroom setting. A classroom setting specifically focuses this portion of the PMP Certification examination application on structured learning programs addressing specific PM knowledge areas exemplified.

Q12. If I obtain a PMP status during the Mentoring program, will I be eligible for PDU’s?
A12. Due to the short duration of the program PDU’s will be available to participants who have a PMP designation at the start of the program.

Q13. How do I get my PDU’s?
A13. Upon completion of the Mentoring program and receipt of your certificate from PMI Atlanta Chapter and you submit your PDU’s through the normal PMI procedures.

Q14. What time is and is not considered eligible for PDU credits?
A14. The following activities are considered eligible for PDU’s:

  • Attendance at the Kick off Meeting
  • Time spent together by both Military Mentor and Mentee
    o Face to face
    o Telephone conversations

The following activities are considered not eligible for PDU’s:

  • Work (decided upon by Military Mentor/Mentee)
  • E-mails
  • Reading
  • Travel

Q15. If I complete my contact time before the program ends, can I claim the PDU’s earlier?
A15. PDU’s will only be awarded at the end of the program. 

Q16. To which category do the earned PDU’s apply?
A16. All PDU’s earned during the Mentoring program for the Military Mentor are “Giving Back to the Profession” – Category E: Volunteer Service. The Military Mentee would report under Category C: Self-Directed Learning.

Mentor/Mentee Matches

Q17. Can I continue my current Military Mentor/Mentee relationship for a second term?
A17. Due to the limited number of spots available, all interested parties must reapply to participate in the program. If the Mentor/Mentee relationship continues informally outside the program, a PMP should review his or her Mentor/Mentee activities to establish if additional PDU’s can be claimed under Category E: Self Directed Learning. (Remember the maximum number of PDU’s for the “Giving Back to the Profession” category is 45 PDU’s per cycle)

Q18. How many Military Mentor/Mentee partnerships are allowed in the program?
A18. At this time there is not a specific number of pairings targeted, but the group will work to accommodate as many pairings as possible. The number of partnerships is limited to the number of mentors that volunteer for the term.

Q19. How will the Military Mentor/Mentee pairs be chosen?
A19. Generally they will be chosen on a best match basis. 

Q20. How many Military Mentees will be assigned to a Military Mentor?
A20. One Mentee will be assigned per one Mentor.

Q21. What if my Military Mentor/Mentee and I don’t get along?
A21. It is expected that both Mentors & Mentees will put forth their best efforts to create a positive relationship. If these efforts are unsuccessful contact the Military Mentorship Coordinator.

Q22. Why do you need my resume?
A22. Best practices indicate that a good match is part of a successful Mentoring program. The more information we have regarding the background of participants, the better the match. As part of the matching process, the Military Mentorship Coordinator will review the resumes of both the Mentor and the Mentee. 

Q23. Will my resume be treated as confidential?
A23. Yes. Your resume will only be seen by the Military Mentorship Coordinator. Once paired and Mentor and Mentee have agreed to partnership, only then will your resume be shared with your matched Mentor/Mentee. In any case, your resume will be viewed by the Military Mentorship Coordinator and your match ONLY.