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Professional ADR Designations

The ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) administers the initial phase of the application process for our members who wish to apply for a professional designation from the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC). These designations allow our members to convey their level of experience and skill and are recognized internationally:

  • Chartered Mediator (C.Med) is the most senior mediation designation offered by ADRIC for experienced mediators.
  • Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) recognizes members who have completed sufficient mediation and dispute resolution training to be qualified to practice as mediators. It is an intermediate step for mediators working to receive their Chartered Mediator designation, or a secondary qualification for members who work in another profession.
  • Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) is the most senior arbitration designation offered by ADRIC for experienced arbitrators.
  • Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) recognizes members who have completed basic arbitration training. It can be a final designation, or an intermediate step for those working to receive their Chartered Arbitrator designation.
  • Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator (C.Med-Arb) recognizes a superior level of generalist competence, the goal being to assist those requiring mediation and arbitration services in finding a highly experienced and skilled practitioner. The C.Medā€Arb designation is awarded to Chartered Mediators and Chartered Arbitrators who meet the extra qualifications set out.

Designation Application Process

To apply, you must be a Full member of ADRIA and meet the application requirements. Beginning in 2020, ADRIA's Designations Committees will review the applications three times per year and then forward their recommendations to ADRIC for evaluation. The application review process can take several weeks. Find out more on the ADRIC website.


Application Deadlines


To serve our members better, beginning in 2020, ADRIA will move from accepting designation applications 2 times/year to 3 times/year. The application windows will be as follows:



Application Period   Deadline for Applications     Review Period

February February 28 March

June June 30 July

October October 31 November

Applications will only be kept open for one additional period beyond when they are submitted (i.e., an application submitted in June will be kept open until the end of the October submission period).  If the application does not meet all the requirements within this time frame, the applicant must re-submit their application.

An e-mail receipt confirmation will be sent to each applicant. If you have sent in your application and do not receive your e-mail receipt confirmation, you must contact the ADRIA office before or by the deadline. If you do not contact the ADRIA office by the deadline, your application will not be accepted.

 Application Fee

The application fee is $200 plus GST. You will be invoiced by email when the ADRIA office receives your application and you can make your payment online.

There will be a fee holiday for any new Chartered designation application!  The $200 application fee for all applicants seeking a Chartered designation will be waived for the February and June 2021 application periods.

Alberta Designation Committees

Applications for a designation from the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) are first reviewed by regional designation committees. Once the application has been reviewed by the regional committee, if it meets the requirements, it will be forwarded to ADRIC's National Designation Committees.

Terms of Reference:

Arbitration Designation Committee

Mediation Designation Committee

The Designation Committees are comprised of members selected by the affiliate for their recognized experience and standing in the ADR Community.

Alberta Arbitration Designation Committee 


Don Goodfellow, C.Arb
J.B. Isaacs, C.Arb, C.Med

John Kosolowski, C.Arb

Thomas (Tom) Jolliffe, C.Arb

Alberta Mediation Designation Committee

Marjorie Munroe, C.Med - Chair

Lorraine Nordstrom, C.Med

Marne Turnbull, C.Med



ARBITRATION DESIGNATIONS:

Apply for a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) or Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) Designation

Before applying, ensure you meet all of ADRIA's requirements outlined in the application form.

Application forms:

C.Arb Application Form

Q.Arb Application Form

 ADRIC reference documents: 

MEDIATION DESIGNATIONS:

Apply for a Chartered Mediator (C.Med) or Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) Designation 

For complete information about the requirements for these designations and how to apply, read: 

ADRIA Mediation Designations Information Booklet Revised December 2020

Before applying, ensure you meet all of ADRIA's requirements outlined in the application form.

 Application Forms:


ADRIC reference documents: 


MEDIATION-ARBITRATION DESIGNATION:

Apply for a Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator (C.Med-Arb) Designation 

You must be both a Chartered Mediator (C.Med) and Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) in order to apply for this designation. You can view the requirements for this designation here:

Before applying, ensure you meet all of ADRIA's requirements outlined in the application form.

Application form:


Annual Designation Renewal Fees

Members with a designation pay an annual renewal fee directly to ADRIC. ADRIC emails an invoice at the beginning of each year to professionals holding a designation. 

New, beginning January 1, 2021:

1. NEW CEE Program for Designated Arbitrators: Designated ARBITRATORS (Chartered Arbitrators, Qualified Arbitrators and Chartered Med-Arbitrators) will be required to collect points and submit regular CEE reports. This will increase the value of the designations in the eyes of ADR consumers as it will indicate the ongoing professional standards associated with continued learning.

2. Simpler point system: for those holding two designations (mediation and arbitration), we have revised the CEE points chart and combined the total number of points required for easy reporting. We will share the revised chart and instructions before year end.

3. Those with two designations:  There will be no additional reporting fee for those with two designations who already submit a CEE report for their mediation designation.

4. Fees: Fees are NOT being increased, but rather spread out over the three year reporting period. The $99 administrative fee (previously submitted with CEE report every three years) will instead be incorporated into the annual designation renewal fee as $33 per year.

 

 2021 designation renewal fee
(including CEE filing fee)
C.Arb or C.Med Annual Renewal231.00
C.Arb and C.Med Annual Renewal293.00
C.Med-Arb, C.Arb and C.Med Renewal308.00
Q.Arb or Q.Med Annual Renewal132.00
C.Arb and Q.Med Annual Renewal258.00
C.Med and Q.Arb Annual Renewal258.00
Q.Arb and Q.Med Annual Renewal183.00

Continuing Education and Engagement Credits (CEE)

Since 2009, Chartered and Qualified Mediators have been required to submit a report with an administrative fee of $99 every three years, indicating they have achieved the requisite number of CEE points to maintain their designated status.

New, beginning January 1, 2021:

  1. NEW CEE Program for Designated Arbitrators: Designated ARBITRATORS (Chartered Arbitrators, Qualified Arbitrators and Chartered Med-Arbitrators) will be required to collect points and submit regular CEE reports. This will increase the value of the designations in the eyes of ADR consumers as it will indicate the ongoing professional standards associated with continued learning.
  2. Simpler point system: for those holding two designations (mediation and arbitration), we have revised the CEE points chart and combined the total number of points required for easy reporting. We will share the revised chart and instructions before year end.
  3. Those with two designations:  There will be no additional reporting fee for those with two designations who already submit a CEE report for their mediation designation.
  4. Fees: Fees are NOT being increased, but rather spread out over the three year reporting period. The $99 administrative fee (previously submitted with CEE report every three years) will instead be incorporated into the annual designation renewal fee as $33 per year. There will be no separate fee when submitting reports (except during the transition period).
  5. Annual reporting: the new default report submission period will be annual, making reporting more convenient. In cases where attendance of events and continued learning may be challenging (such as during maternity/paternity leave, grave illness, etc.) designated members may request to submit their reports every third year in which case ADRIC will provide a form to be completed. 
  6. Points: For members who remit annually, the number of points to acquire and remit is: 20 points for Qualified designation holders, and 33 points for Chartered designation holders. (For those who need to remit on the 3rd year, required points remain as 60 points for Qualified designation holders, and 100 points for Chartered designation holders over the 3 year period.)
  7. Due dates: will be harmonized; we will share more information about the reporting process soon, but in the meantime, reports for members who have received a first new designation in 2020, will be due January 1, 2022.  Reports for those receiving a new first designation any time next year (2021), will be due January 1, 2023.
  8. Submitting CEE reports: ADRIC is prioritising the development of a simpler points tracking system (ideally online and real-time) and hopes to launch soonest. We will provide more information soon. Note: Some designated mediators are due to submit their reports in 2020, 2021 or 2022 and we will need to “catch them up” to the new system. This is how that will be handled for those due in:
2021 – submit the report with a $66 fee, as we will have collected $33 with the 2021 annual designation renewal fee.
2022 – submit the report with a $33 fee, as we will have collected $66 with the 2021 and 2022 annual designation renewal fees.

In addition to collecting the appropriate CEE points for their C.Med and C.Arb designations, every three years, Chartered Med-Arbitrators are required to take part in a refresher Med-Arb course or training (which may be online training and scenarios) practice, and conduct at least one Med-Arb, as per the Continuing Education and Engagement Program and submit a report along with the required certificates.

You will find instructions and a worksheet on the ADRIC website. You will be asked to submit your CEE report and administration fee online directly to ADRIC

Maintaining Your Designation

To maintain your ADR designation you must be a Full member of ADRIA.

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