What is an IPHE?

To enroll in the IPHE program, please contact the MAHE office and mail or email copies of:

  • your education credentials (official transcripts or degree),
  • your current resume, and
  • documentation of any change of name since your graduation (marriage certificate, legal name change).

Your application to the program will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. If accepted, you will be contacted about the program and to discuss the mentorship process.


IPHE stands for "interim Professional Home Economist". It is a class of membership leading to professional status.

The IPHE Program is designed to further professionalism and to provide an introduction to the Association.

The IPHE Program is easily and readily completed. It is not academic in nature. The Program does not deal with technical expertise, nor is it a supervised work experience. As do all pre-professional programs, IPHE allows the participant to apply the concepts of being a professional and to develop an understanding of professionalism.

Benefits of the Program

Participants in the IPHE Program can derive a variety of benefits through the opportunities offered in the Program. Benefits include:

  • Meeting other members at meetings and conferences who are in diverse occupational settings and varied employment areas, and whose professional practice will be in the different majors of human ecology/home economics; discovering what other people do can provide you with ideas

  • Networking with other members at local and provincial levels, to make contacts which will be valuable personally and professionally; where members are aware of positions available they endeavor to inform other members through the strong, informal network

  • Becoming familiar with their professional Association, what it does, its activities, and the issues it addresses related to our profession and societal needs

  • Becoming involved and participate in the Association, to express opinions, address issues, make a contribution, collectively advance our profession, derive satisfaction, and work toward personal and professional achievements

  • Learning why professional legislation is advantageous to you as an individual and to our profession, what it means, why it is important and what our responsibilities are. In the future human ecology/home economics graduates will begin to see more employers requiring professional status in conjunction with the degree.


Program Objectives

1. To offer an opportunity to learn about and to develop an understanding of the responsibilities and ethics related to being a professional under legislation.

2. To allow a suitable time frame in which to develop professionalism in relation to dealings with the public, clients and colleagues, through applied practice experience, volunteer work, or other initiatives.

3. To demonstrate professional attitudes and standards by projecting self-confidence, and obtaining knowledge and understanding of the roles of others in the profession.

4. To develop an understanding of, and respect for, the profession, its role and contribution to society, thereby developing a commitment to the profession.

5. To provide an introduction to the organization, structure and activities of the Manitoba Association of Home Economists.

6. To provide an appreciation of the importance of member involvement in Association committees and activities.

7. To encourage active participation in Association affairs including continued membership.

Participant Responsibilities

1. Develop professional competencies required of an individual to be registered and having professional status under legislation.

2. Make a commitment to advancing the profession and serving the public interest, including membership in the Association.

3. Investment of time and effort necessary to complete the IPHE program requirements.

Program Description


The Program is approximately one year in length. It is often completed sooner than the one year period.


The Program has been designed to provide the participant with a broad and flexible range of activities aimed at furthering professionalism and becoming familiar with the Association.

1.0 Required Components (both are required)

1.1 View the webinars on the MAHE website and discuss with Mentor.

2.2 Attend a minimum of three meetings between Participant and Mentor.

2.0 Elective Components (two of five required)

2.1 Participate and complete responsibilities on a MAHE committee(s) or with another organization where MAHE is represented. Attend or contribute to a minimum of three meetings/interactions.

2.2 Attend a minimum of two MAHE Board of Director meetings, member programs or member events.

2.3 Attend a MAHE Annual General Meeting/Provincial Conference.

2.4 Develop and present a community project at a professional level.

2.5 Prepare an article, story or newsletter article to be posted on the Home Family blog or MAHE website.

Component Descriptions

IPHE participants are encouraged to participate on an Association committee, according to their personal interest areas. Participation on a Committee in which the mentor is already involved, is acceptable. A professional association is directed and operated by its members, thus committee participation indicates a commitment to serving the profession through cooperative endeavours. Participants must attend or contribute to a minimum of three meetings/interactions. May be completed via technology or multimedia.

Participation in a community project at a professional level provides participants with creative opportunities. Participants can develop and demonstrate applied practice experience and affirm their professional skills and knowledge to the public, clientele, and employers on behalf of the Association. Projects should contain an aspect of technical expertise (nutrition/foods, textiles/clothing, family studies) and include promotion and advancement of the profession and the Association.

They can work with their mentor, any Active Practising member, another IPHE participant, an Association committee, and/or on their own. Projects can be a volunteer effort, or related to (current or desired) employment. Participants are encouraged to take initiatives and develop their ideas. Examples of project areas could be: developing a service delivery program or presentation to a community group; proposals to address professional issues or initiatives needed by the Association; or ideas for academic research. A project could seek to enhance an existing initiative; or, be a design for an entirely new initiative to address an identified gap. A brief written description of two to three pages of the community project carried out, should accompany the final evaluation. 

Prepare an article, story or newsletter article to be posted on the Home Family blog or MAHE website. It should be based on your experiences with advocacy, promotion, education or lobbying, as related to the MAHE Code of Professional Conduct (200-400 words). To receive guidelines for blog contributions, contact MAHE.

Matching With Mentor

MAHE will provide a mentor who is an Active Practising member. Compatible interests are taken into consideration. The IPHE participant may also locate their own mentor if desired. MAHE will confirm mentor eligibility. If the Participant wishes to suspend the program or there is a need for a change in Mentor partway through the Program, both parties should immediately notify the IPHE Committee.

Letter of Agreement

The Letter of Agreement must be completed by the participant and mentor. This letter should be immediately forwarded to the IPHE Committee. The program officially begins upon receipt of this letter.

Final Evaluation

A Final Evaluation must be completed by the mentor and participant, and immediately forwarded to the IPHE Committee.

Admission to Professional Status

Admission is made on completion of the Program activities and the requisite documentation, including the Letter of Agreement and the Final Evaluation, having been submitted to the IPHE Committee. Once the Program has been completed, the Director responsible for the IPHE Committee will bring the Participant forward for acceptance into Active Practicing status by the MAHE Board. On average, the Board meets on a monthly basis. On acceptance by the Board, the Registrar will issue a professional certificate to the member, and change the register and roster. The member may begin using the professional designation and title PHEc (Professional Home Economist).

Questions and Difficulties

Participants should immediately address any questions about, or difficulties with the Program to the IPHE Committee at P.O. Box 582, Station Main, Winnipeg, MB. R3C 2J3 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mentor Eligibility and Responsibilities

1.0 Eligibility

1.1 Must be a 'Professional Home Economist" that is, an Active Practising member of MAHE, in good standing, for a minimum of three years.

1.2 Have a commitment to carrying out the responsibilities of a mentor, and a commitment to the profession and the Association.

1.3 Have a minimum of three years work or volunteer experience related to the field of home economics /human ecology within the last five years.

1.4 Have a good working knowledge of the profession and the Association.

1.5 May be able to complete responsibilities using technology, such as video calls over the internet.

2.0 Responsibilities

Generally the mentor's responsibility is to further the professional development of the IPHE participant and facilitate her/his successful completion of the IPHE Program as follows:

2.1 Provide the necessary support, guidance and advice in acting as a mentor and commit the necessary time.

2.2 Encourage the development and understanding of the responsibilities and ethics of becoming a professional under legislation.

2.3 Advance the importance of commitment to the profession, Association participation and continued membership.

2.4  Actively support the participant's introduction to Association structure, organization and activities.

3.0 Specific Responsibilities

3.1 Initiate meeting with the participant to sign the letter of agreement, and immediately forward the original to the IPHE Committee.

3.2 Meet with the participant at least three times during the one year period.

3.3 View webinars with your IPHE Participant or before meeting with the IPHE Participant. Discuss the questions found at the end of each webinar.

3.4 Accompany the participant to Association meetings and actively introduce them to other members.

3.5 Actively seek to involve the participant in an Association committee. A committee. of which the mentor is currently a member, is encouraged.

3.6 Become familiar with the participant's career situation and aspirations. Provide support in her/his professional development in this regard. Where possible, assist by placing the participant in contact with other MAHE members in the related field.

3.7 Address participant's questions, or arrange to have them contact an appropriate resource in the Association.

3.8 Upon completion of the Program, initiate completing the final evaluation including recommendation for admission to Active Practising (professional status) membership and immediately forward same to the IPHE Committee.

3.9 Provide written reasons to the participant and the Admissions Committee for recommendations or non-recommendations to Active Practising status.

3.10 In the event that a mentor must prematurely terminate her/his commitment, she/he must prepare a final evaluation for the participant's activities completed to date, and provide the same to the IPHE Committee immediately with a copy to the participant. The mentor must also notify the IPHE Committee of their inability to complete the contract in order that a replacement mentor can be found as quickly as possible, allowing the participant to continue the Program without disadvantage.