Throughout your training workbooks, you will keep coming across one term: Personal Leader Advisor (PLA)
A Personal Leader Advisor (or Mentor) is basically, a Sponsor for training. Someone who has completed the training course that you are currently working towards and can help you out with the bookwork and any general questions that you have that you don't want to talk to someone in your Crew about. Your Mentor (or PLA) is there to help you complete your training.
So Who is My Mentor?
If you are working towards completing Rover Basic, then your Mentor will be assigned to you by your Region Rover Council Executive. Your Mentor will be another Rover or an RA who has volunteered to help Rovers out with training, and will at least have completed Rover Basic.
Rovers working on Rover Advanced will be assigned a Personal Leader Advisor by your Region Rover Council Executive after you notify them that you are starting to work on your Advanced Pre-Course Workbook. This may be your Mentor who assisted you with Basic, or it may be someone else. Your PLA will be be a Rover or RA who has been awarded their Rover Woodbadge, completed the PLA Course, and has been appointed as a Personal Leader Advisor.
Becoming a Mentor
To become a Mentor you will need to have completed at least Rover Basic training and have a chat with the Rover Training Team to see what the job involves.
To become a PLA, you should have had some experience as a Mentor, completed the Rover Advanced and PLA courses, and have been awarded the Rover Woodbadge. Your Region Rover Council Executive may then recommend to your ARC - Training & Development that you be appointed to the position of Personal Leader Advisor.