Mentorship Program


New option for translation graduates!

Want to complete the mentorship program (see below), but you’re currently not working? As a result of an agreement made with the Translation Bureau, OTTIAQ has just the solution for you! In addition to finding you a mentor, OTTIAQ will supply you with the number of words required to enroll in the program. In fact, the Translation Bureau makes a portion of its corpus available so you’ll have the 5,000 words you need to translate every month. In practical terms, OTTIAQ will provide you with the texts to be translated as well as fictional situations that will cover some aspects of the professional practice. With this new option, you can start the mentorship program as soon as you complete your studies! Read the news release

A program designed for you

The mentorship program is the right option for you if you have completed a university program that is recognized or deemed equivalent by OTTIAQ.

Entering the job market after graduating from university can sometimes be stressful. That’s why we have created a mentorship program to make it easier for graduates like you to become certified professionals.

How do you build a loyal client base? How do you organize your office to protect the confidentiality of your records? What resources can you use to improve your translations? How much do translators earn? How much do freelancers charge? Whatever your questions, our mentorship program will help you find the answers you are looking for. But there’s more… Successful completion of the mentorship program paves the way to certificationofficial recognition of your skills. Certification will get you noticed and help you stand out among your peers. That’s a tremendous edge in a competitive job market!

By enrolling in the mentorship program, you automatically obtain certification candidate status. Certification candidates have access to OTTIAQ’s extranet and can register at member rates for most activities organized by the Order.

Refer to the detailed program activities (available in French only).

What is the mentorship program?

The mentorship program is intended to help candidates:

  • Fully understand the standards, rules, tools, and professional responsibilities.
  • Fully understand the academic background required to practice the profession.
  • Benefit from the guidance and supervision of an experienced member, the mentor, who will help the candidate achieve these objectives.

The program is overseen by OTTIAQ and takes course over a six-month period. Candidates must translate 5,000 words per month and submit them to their mentor. The mentor and candidate meet once a month to discuss the text evaluation and various aspects of professional practice that are part of the program. Mentees must be proactive and take the necessary initiatives to achieve the program objectives—including asking questions, conducting research, documenting work, observing, and seeking out feedback from their mentor. They must also ensure that their mentor sends their evaluations to the Professional Affairs Assistant within the deadlines.

On-the-job mentorship

Have you just found a job and there’s an OTTIAQ member working at your company? That person can become your mentor.* This way, you will have access to structured supervision in accordance with mentorship program requirements as you begin your career.

Mentorship for self-employed professionals

If you are self-employed, OTTIAQ can find you a mentor. You will be matched with an experienced member who works in the same language combination as you and, if possible, in the same specializations. You will have personalized meetings that are tailored to your situation and career goals.

Co-op mentorship

If you are a student in a co-op program, the mentorship program can be integrated into your third internship!  As a co-op intern, you will be matched with a mentor who is a certified member of the Order and has at least five years of experience (five years on the Membership Roll). The mentor is chosen by the company providing the internship and must complete the mentor training and the ethics and professional standards of practice training. The co-op mentorship is based on the same model as the on-the-job mentorship. Many interns have undergone the co-op mentorship—it’s a great way to earn your professional title at the same time as your degree!

Program costs

If you’re working in a company or are enrolled in a co-op internship, your supervisor may be your mentor, provided he or she is an OTTIAQ member who has undergone the appropriate training.  In this case, your participation in the mentorship program would only cost $200 plus tax.*

If you are self-employed, OTTIAQ will find a mentor for you. Program fees in this case are $600, plus tax, and they include the mentor’s fee.

Additionally, like any individual applying for certification, you will have to pay the application fee and the fee for the ethics and professional standards of practice training. For more information about the fees, the documents you need to provide and to enroll in the program, refer to the following sections:


Please note that you can pay in three installments.

For more information, please email Bénédicte Assogba, Certification Coordinator, or call 514-845-4411, ext. 1231.

*Certain conditions apply.


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