Each MCA candidate is allowed four mentoring sessions to prepare for the Review Board interview. However, each of these sessions is scheduled separately, so a candidate might or might not meet with the same mentor more than once. For this reason, mentors will report the assessment of a candidate's readiness back to the MCA Programme after each session to provide background for the next mentor.

The candidate is expected to drive the schedule of mentoring sessions. However, the candidate is not the best judge of own readiness for the Review Board interview so mentors will always assess their current readiness state and give feedback of the probability of passing the Review Board as on the day of the session.

Although a candidate is entitled to four mentoring sessions, he or she is not required to use them all. The only requirement is that at least one mock interview be held with a mentor. If mentor feels that the candidate is ready for the final Review Board interview after the first mock interview, the candidate may be recommend for an earlier date of Review Board.

Session One – Selecting a project

  • Conducting a candidate skills assessment (against seven program competencies) to identify areas of strength and weakness.
  • Determining and discussing the best project to showcase skills of the candidate with respect to the seven program competencies.
  • Discussing mentor's experience with the document preparation and interview process.
  • Providing clear, actionable feedback to the candidate to improve readiness for the interview.

Session Two – Reviewing the initial draft of documents

  • Jointly reviewing the submitted documentation thoroughly.
  • Suggesting additions or deletions to the documentation. 
  • Advising the candidate on the Review Board documentation submission.
  • Assessing the candidate's level of preparedness for the Review Board interview.
  • Providing clear, actionable feedback to the candidate to improve readiness for the interview.

Session Three – First mock interview

  • Conducting a mock Review Board interview with the candidate covering all seven program competencies to prepare candidate for the Review Board interview. If possible, the interview should be conducted in person. If not, Live Meeting or other technologies should be considered.
  • Sharing mentor's experience on the board process, including the timing and format of the interview. 
  • Assessing the candidate's level of preparedness for the Review Board interview.
  • Providing clear, actionable feedback to the candidate to improve readiness for the interview.

Session Four – Recommendation to Schedule for Review Board

  • Conducting a mock Review Board interview with the candidate covering all seven program competencies to prepare the mentee for the Review Board interview. (same as above)
  • Sharing mentor's experience on the board process, including the timing and format of the interview. 
  • Assessing the candidate's level of preparedness for the Review Board interview and recommending that he or she be approved to schedule an interview.
  • Mentor to provide the recommendation to MCA Programme that the mentee should be scheduled for a Review Board interview.
    • or: Mentor to provide a detailed explanation to MCA Programme in the event that candidate can't be recommend for the Review Board interview.