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Professional ADR Designations

ADRIA's Organizational Members

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.

Designation Application Process

To apply, you must be a Full member of ADRIA and meet the application requirements. 

ADRIA's Designations Committees review the applications twice per year and then forward their recommendations to ADRIC for evaluation. The application review process can take up to six months. Find out more on the ADRIC website.

Application Deadlines

ADRIA accepts designation applications every March from the 1st to the 31st and every September from the 1st to the 30th.

Applications will only be kept open for one review period. A review period is from March 1 to September 30 or from September 1 to March 31. If the application does not meet all the requirements within one review period, the applicant must pay the application fee and 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.

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 

Adam Letourneau, C.Arb, C.Med - Chair
Don Goodfellow, C.Arb
J.B. Isaacs, C.Arb, C.Med

Alberta Mediation Designation Committee

Marjorie Munroe, C.Med - Chair

Lorraine Nordstrom, C.Med

Marne Turnbull, C.Med

Apply for a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) Designation

Before applying, make sure you meet the Chartered Arbitrator Principles, Criteria, Protocol and Competencies.(pdf)

Application form:

CArb Application July 2019.docx

Apply for a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) Designation

Before applying, make sure you meet the Qualified Arbitrator Principles, Criteria, Protocol and Competencies(pdf)

 Application form: 

Q.Arb Application.docx

Exemption from requirement to provide proof of insurance 

ADRIC requires active Chartered Mediators and Chartered Arbitrators to provide proof of a minimum of $1 million insurance coverage for their protection and for the protection of those for whom they provide services. Exemptions are available in two cases. Please check attached form.(docx)

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: 

Information Booklet for Application for C.Med and Q.Med. (pdf)

The booklet contains:

  • Introduction
  • Chartered Mediator and Qualified Mediator Designations
  • Protocol
  • Code of Ethics
  • Who Can Apply
  • Application Fees
  • Application Requirements Summary for C.Med and Q.Med


ADRIC reference document: 

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 holdinga designation. 

Designation Holders’ Annual Renewal Fees (not including GST) (2018 rates – subject to change)

C.Arb Annual Renewal


C.Med Annual Renewal


Q.Med Annual Renewal


Q.Arb Annual Renewal


C.Med and C.Arb Annual Renewal


C.Arb and Q.Med Annual Renewal


C.Med and Q.Arb Annual Renewal


Q.Arb and Q.Med Annual Renewal


Continuing Education and Engagement Credits (CEE)

Chartered Mediators and Qualified Mediators are required to document their Continuing Education and Engagement (CEE) activities. 

Chartered Mediators are required to earn 100 points over a three year time period. Qualified Mediators are required to earn 60 points over a three year time period. 

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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