Student Success Center

Institute for Peer Mentoring

The Institute for Peer Mentoring (IPM) provides a certificate program through the the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) to current peer mentors and tutors on campus. Formed in Spring 2017, the IPM is a growing program at UT Dallas that aims to broaden the experience and knowledge that students gain during their service as peer mentors and tutors.

About Us+
The IPM’s goal is to provide recognition and positive reinforcement to students that complete a variety of trainings and tutoring or mentoring experience hours. The Institute offers Levels 1 and 2 certification in mentor training (International Mentor Training Program Certification or IMTPC) as well as tutor training (International Tutor Training Program Certification or ITTPC).
Level 1 Certification+

A. Amount/Duration of Mentor Training (minimum of 15 hours)

  • 15 hours of mentor training

B. Areas/Topics to be Covered in Training
Topics to be covered in trainings may include the following:

  • The Role of the Peer Mentor
  • Peer Mentoring Do’s and Don’ts
  • Professional Ethics for Peer Mentors
  • Establishing Rapport & Motivating Mentees
  • Questioning and Listening Skills
  • Preparing to Study: Organization, Class Analysis, and Time Management
  • Campus & Community Resources & Referrals

C. Required Mentoring Experience (50 total hours required)

  • 50 hours of mentoring experience
Level 2 Certification+

A. Amount/Duration of Mentor Training (total of 25 hours required)

  • Level 1 Certification plus 10 additional hours of training to total 25 hours

B. Areas/Topics to be Covered in Training
Topics to be covered in trainings include Level 1 required training topics plus the following:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Mentoring Boundaries
  • Ways of Mentoring
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Academic Majors and Advising

C. Required Mentoring Experience (total of 75 hours required)

  • Level I Certification (50 Minimum) plus experience to total 75 accumulated hours
Logging Hours+
The IPM will log hours for students enrolled in the Level 1 certificate program. Students that move on to Level 2 are responsible for tracking their own hours and then getting them approved by the IPM.
Interested in Getting Certified?+
Current peer mentors and tutors should contact their director to express interest in the program. Directors can email Michael Saenz ([email protected]) to find out more information on how to enroll their students in the certificate program.
Workshop Schedule
Workshop Schedule
Find out the latest information for all IPM Level 1 and 2 workshops.

Meet The Leaders
Meet the student leaders who help with the Institute for Peer Mentoring.


Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 9th, 2020 – Level 1 Half-Day Institute

Listening and Responding
Critical Thinking
Types of Learning
Elevator Speech

Sunday, March 8th, 2020 – Level 1 Half-Day Institute

Conflict Resolution
Professional Communication
Leadership Styles
Health and Wellness


Institute for Peer Mentoring

Contact: Michael Saenz ([email protected])

McDermott Library 3rd Floor
MC 3.606

Level 2 Tracking Form (XLSX)