Welcome to the PDP & Mentoring page!

Mentoring is a major part of an individual’s professional development learning plan.  As seen in the screenshot above, the Professional Development Portal (PDP) supports mentoring through training & coaching (learning resources) and direction & goals (learning development plans).  This page will keep you posted on the INCOSE Mentoring Activities and how the PDP can support mentoring and how mentoring can support your professional development.

INCOSE Mentor Matching Pilot

INCOSE recognizes that a mentor can provide real help in understanding and applying systems engineering principles and concepts. INCOSE has started a six-month long pilot mentoring program.  If you are interested in becoming a mentor and are an INCOSE member, log into the INCOSE web at and then click on this link INCOSE Mentor Matching Pilot page.

INCOSE is pleased to offer you this mentor matching service.  Below are a few clarifications about what this service offers, links to more information, and the link to enter your own profile to request a mentor.

A mentor will answer your email questions, usually as often as once every 1 – 2 weeks. The mentor has committed to spend at least 1 to 4 hours per month answering your email, so your ability to ask good questions is critical to getting good mentoring through this service. (Note: If you and your mentor agree, you may use other means to make contact, such as phone calls, online meetings, or even meeting in person, especially at INCOSE events.)

Don’t expect a mentor to teach you a subject, or find you a job (some mentoring programs may offer those services, but not this INCOSE mentoring service).

Click this link to enter your profile and request a mentor:

Using the results of the pilot program, the mentoring team will develop a full INCOSE Mentoring Program.  Stay tuned for more details. 

General Mentor / Mentee Information

In addition to the pilot information, the INCOSE Mentor Matching Pilot page contains general information for mentors and mentees (ensure you are logged into first).

For mentors, there is information on:

  • How a Systems Engineering Mentor Can Help
  • What Can a Mentor Do?
  • What You Should Expect from Your Mentee
  • What A Mentee Should Expect of You as a Mentor
  • Gratuitous Advice for Mentors
  • Other Mentoring Resource Links

For mentees, there is information on:

  • How a Systems Engineering Mentor Can Help
  • What A Mentee Can Expect of Their Mentor
  • What Level of Mentoring Do You Want?

Reporting Mentoring Activities to your Manager

On the PDP’s Learning Development Plans page, PDP users can add information to their Professional Development Completion Form. This form can be downloaded, updated, and saved as a PDF file to send to your manager. This form can also be used to transfer information to the Certification Log of Continuing Education Credits. The following information is requested in the Professional Development Completion Form:

  • Name
  • Current Professional Development Period (From Date) & (To Date)
  • Activity Type
  • Activity Description
  • Start Date of Activity
  • End Date of Activity
  • Certification PDU Credits?

One of the Professional Development Activity Types in the report is “Participate in a Mentoring / Coaching Session.”  The Professional Development Completion Report is available at the bottom of the PDP & Learning Development Plans page. 

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