These designations allow our members to convey their level of experience and skill and are recognized internationally.
In partnership with the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC), ADRIA administers the only official designations for practicing mediators and arbitrators in Canada.
These designations show that the practitioner meets specific professional criteria, keeps current in the field, and adheres to a professional Code of Ethics.
Learn how to earn a designation in ADR.
Chartered Mediator (C.Med)
The most senior mediation designation offered by ADRIC for experienced mediators.
A Chartered Mediator has a minimum of 180 hours of mediation and conflict resolution training, has passed a skills assessment, has completed at least 15 paid mediations, demonstrates an ongoing commitment to professional development, follows a Code of Ethics, and must carry professional liability insurance.
Qualified Mediator (Q.Med)
Q.Med is a stepping stone to getting a Chartered Mediator designation, or can be a secondary qualification to another profession, such as Management, Human Resources, or Law.
Q.Med recognizes members who have completed sufficient mediation and dispute resolution training to be qualified to practice as mediators.
As of May 1, there is a pause on Q.Med applications. The Q.Med qualifications are being revised and new applications will not be accepted until the new criteria are launched. The expected launch date is September 1, 2021.
Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb)
The most senior arbitration designation offered by ADRIC for experienced arbitrators.
A Chartered Arbitrator must be a professional in a particular discipline and have completed training in arbitration. A C.Arb has practiced as an arbitrator for at least two years and chaired at least 10 paid arbitrations, has successfully completed a competency assessment program, follows ADRIC’s Code of Ethics, and must carry professional liability insurance.
Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb)
Q.Arb can be a final designation, or an intermediate step for those working to receive their Chartered Arbitrator designation.
Q.Arb recognizes members who have completed basic arbitration training. A Qualified Arbitrator has at least 40 hours of training in Arbitration and has completed an open-book exam. A Q.Arb must abide by ADRIC’s Code of Ethics, carry professional liability insurance, and show an ongoing commitment to professional development.
Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator (C.Med-Arb)
The goal of a Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator is to assist those requiring mediation and arbitration services in finding a highly experienced and skilled practitioner.
The C.Med‐Arb designation is awarded to Chartered Mediators and Chartered Arbitrators who meet the extra qualifications set out including completion of 16 hours of the ADRIC Med-Arb training course. C.Med-Arb recognizes a superior level of generalist competence.