Your workplace mentor should be someone who:
- is a qualified accountant*
- works closely with you
- knows your work.
* A qualified accountant is a member of a professional accountancy or audit body recognised by law in the country in which you work or that is a member of IFAC (International Federation of Accountants).
Most often, a workplace mentor is your line manager or whoever you report to on particular projects or activities.
If your line manage is not qualified then you could consider using someone else as your workplace mentor. For example, a more senior manager, a consultant or the organisation’s external auditors. If this person is not sufficiently familiar with your work, they may be more suited to acting in the capacity of training consultant to countersign the achievement of your performance objectives. You can learn more about the role of a training supervisor below.
Multiple workplace mentors
You may have more than one workplace mentor - or several different workplace mentors over a period of time - who are responsible for helping you to achieve different performance objectives.
Friends and family
Where possible you should not have friends or relatives as your workplace mentor to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Where this is not possible, you should disclose the relationship to ACCA when you are applying for admission to membership. You should also consider having your performance objectives countersigned by a training supervisor.