Learn about the designation requirements
Designations allow our members to convey their level of experience and skill and are recognized internationally. Use the following information as an overview of designation requirements and to compare what is needed for each.
|Education||Statement from ADR Canada:|
May 1, 2021: The Q.Med criteria is being revised and applications will not be accepted until the new criteria is launched. The expected launch date is September 1st, 2021.
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Thank you for your understanding and patience.
|40 hours of mediation theory and skills training from a program approved by the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) or acceptable to ADRIA Designations Committee|
100 hours of ADRIC-Accredited specialized training in dispute resolution or related field, which must include a minimum of 80 hours specialized Family Mediation training;
|80 hours of mediation theory and skills training from a program approved by the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) or acceptable to ADRIA Designations Committee|
100 hours of training in dispute resolution or related field1
Provide documents demonstrating ability to handle the administrative aspects of a separation/ divorce
mediation from beginning to end.
Two years of experience working with families in a related context.
Two family mediations or co-mediations as the lead mediator
|Conducted at least 15 mediations2 as the sole mediator or the mediation chairperson3 and all 15 of the mediations must have been fee paid4.|
|Skills Assessment||||One supervised and assessed practice family mediation (assessed by a Supervisor approved by the Regional Affiliate).||Observation and approval of an applicant conducting a solo mediation, to occur within 12 months before the date of the application, through one or more of the following:|
• Formal Mediation Skills Assessment5
• Video recorded Actual Mediation6
• Video recorded role-play Mediation7.
|Letters of Recommendation||||||Provide three Letters of Recommendation9 (one character / personal and two professional) of your services as a mediator.|
|Waiving Education Requirements||||||Education requirements may be waived where the ADRIA Designations Committee determines applicant has satisfied or exceeded the Education Requirements above through proven skills, competency, and longevity in practice as recognized and recommended by peers8.|
|Membership||||Must be a Full member with ADRIA.||Must be a Full member with ADRIA.|
|Continuing Education and Engagement (CEE)||||Practitioners holding a Qualified designation are required to acquire 20 points annually – including at least 6 points related|
specifically to Separation & Divorce dispute resolution.
|Practitioners holding a Chartered designation are required to acquire 33 points annually.|
|Insurance||||Errors and Omissions insurance with a limit of at least $1 million aggregate.||Errors and Omissions insurance with a limit of at least $1 million aggregate.|
(Fees for skills assessments and supervised mock mediations are additional.)
Annual Designation fee
|Applications for this designation are currently closed.||Applications for this designation are not yet open.||$200 plus GST (no fee for 2020)|
$198 plus GST
|Education||40 hours of arbitration and hearing procedure training approved by ADRIC or ADRIA|
Successful completion of ADRIC’s written open book Qualified Arbitrator exam or an exam which is part of a course approved by ADRIC or ADRIA no more than 10 years prior to application
|40 hours of arbitration and hearing procedure training approved by ADRIC or ADRIA|
Successful completion of ADRIC’s written open book Chartered Arbitrator exam or an exam which is part of a course approved by ADRIC or ADRIA no more than 10 years prior to application
|Experience||Not required.||Practiced as an arbitrator for not less than two years|
Chaired14 at least 10 arbitrations, all of which were fee-paid (or, if unpaid, demonstratively complex)
|Skills Assessment||Not required.||Provide at least two redacted arbitration awards/decisions for review.|
|Letters of Recommendation||Not required.||Provide three Letters of Recommendation15 (one character / personal and two professional) of your services as an arbitrator.|
|Waiving Education Requirements||N/A||Education requirements may be waived where the ADRIA Designations Committee determines applicant has satisfied or exceeded the Education Requirements above through proven skills, competency, and longevity in practice as recognized and recommended by peers8.|
|Membership||Must be a Full member with ADRIA.||Must be a Full member with ADRIA.|
|Continuing Education and Engagement (CEE)||Practitioners holding a Qualified designation are required to acquire 20 points annually.||Practitioners holding a Chartered designation are required to acquire 33 points annually.|
|Insurance||Errors and Omissions insurance with a limit of at least $1 million aggregate.||Errors and Omissions insurance with a limit of at least $1 million aggregate.|
(Fees for skills assessments and supervised mock mediations are additional.)
Annual Designation fee
|$200 plus GST|
$99 plus GST
|$200 plus GST (no fee for 2020)|
$198 plus GST
Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator Designation
|To be eligible for a C.Med-Arb, the applicant must hold both the C.Med and C.Arb designations. In addition to:|
|Education: Completion of 16 hours of the ADRIC Med-Arb training course (or an ADRIC Accredited Med-Arb|
|Experience: Having conducted at least 1 Med-Arbitration|
|Skills Assessment: Not required.|
|Letters of Recommendation: Not required.|
|Membership: Must be a Full member with ADRIA.|
|Continuing Education and Engagement (CEE): 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 required certificates.
|Insurance: Errors and Omissions insurance with a limit of at least $1 million aggregate.|
|Application fee: $200.00|
(Fees for skills assessments and supervised mock mediations are additional.)
Annual Designation fee: $308.00
1 Dispute resolution generally, psychology of dispute resolution, negotiation, public consultation, mutual gains bargaining, communication, management consulting, conflict management or other related training that has been approved by ADRIA or ADRIC to meet the C.Med educational requirements.
2 A “mediation” is a discreet event contracted for by the parties. A situation where a person helps two subordinates resolve a conflict is not considered a mediation. However, if the full or part time duties of an applicant specifically include the conducting of structured mediations, these would count toward the C.Med. Where a person is conducting mediations with staff members who do not report to that person, these may count as mediations provided the person was specifically identified as an impartial mediator, and the mediation was structured and conducted as a mediation, not as an informal meeting to resolve a problem.
3 The applicant must clearly have been the lead mediator or chairperson, not simply a co-mediator.
4 A “paid” mediation” is a mediation where the mediator receives a salary, payment or reasonable honorarium specifically for mediation services. The amount received by the mediator is not subject to any specific minimum amount, provided it is a legitimate and reasonable amount in the context within which the mediation took place.
5 A Formal Mediation Skills Assessmentwith an assessor and role-players chosen from an ADRIA roster of approved assessors and roleplayers who hold C.Med designations. This assessment is conducted separately and apart from any classroom evaluation occurring as part of the students’ mediation training, either at ADRIA or another approved mediation program. There is a cost associated with this assessment. This assessment must be completed within 12 months of applying for a C.Med designation.
6 Video recorded actual mediation assessed by at least three assessors chosen from an ADRIA roster of approved assessors, at least two of whom hold a C.Med. designation. There is a cost associated with this assessment.
7 Video recorded roleplay mediation assessed by three assessors chosen from an ADRIA roster of approved assessors, all of whom hold a C.Med. designation. Role players are chosen from an ADRIA roster of approved role players, who hold a C.Med. designation. It is conducted separately and apart from any classroom evaluation occurring as part of the students’ mediation training either at ADRIA or another approved mediation program. There is a cost associated with this assessment.
8 Where the Designations Committee agrees by majority that the applicant has satisfied or exceeded the education requirement the educational requirement may be waived. The decision of the ADRIA Designations Committee must be supported by documented reasons for the recommendation.
9 Letters of Recommendation should speak to the candidates’ industrious abilities, accomplishments, seriousness of purpose and capacity as a mediator. Include any information that may not be readily apparent from education, skills assessments, test scores, transcripts or even in an interview. The letter should speak to the candidates’ character (integrity, ethics and leadership qualities). The referee must explain their connection to the candidate, including how long they have known the candidate. The letters can be from someone the candidate co-mediated with, colleagues who have seen their work, someone from a Roster Program, and others who could speak from their experience of seeing the candidate mediate.
10 Interest-based mediation process and skills, training that has been approved by ADRIA or ADRIC and meets the requirements of basic mediation training.
11 Courses in conflict resolution, negotiation, communication, advanced mediation, ethics in dispute resolution, multiparty negotiation strategies, how to start a mediation business, designing systems for conflict management in organizations, when and how to use mediation case development, influence of culture on conflict resolution approaches, and resolving difficult workplace issues. The courses must be approved by ADRIA or ADRIC and meet the requirements of specialized training.
12 Two Actual Mediations (live, with real parties, not a roleplay and not with a co-mediator) paid or unpaid, and must provide a 300-500 word description of each mediation. Please see application form for further details.
13 Two Supervised Mock Mediations (each with a different supervisor, chosen from an ADRIA roster of approved supervisors. One of the roster requirements is that the supervisor must be a C.Med.) The candidate must complete all stages/phases of the model in the mock (roleplay) mediation. There will be instructions for role players on how to role play to ensure the candidate has an opportunity to demonstrate skills. There will be a consistent set of standards that must be met for the candidate to be deemed competent. The Supervised Mock Mediation is conducted separately and apart from any classroom evaluation occurring as part of the students’ mediation training, either at ADRIA or another approved mediation program. There is a cost associated with this review. Please see application form for Supervised Practice Mediation review form.
14 The applicant must clearly have been the lead arbitrator or chairperson, not simply co-arbitrator.
15 Letters of Recommendation should speak to the candidates’ industrious abilities, accomplishments, seriousness of purpose and capacity as an arbitrator. The letter should speak to the candidates’ character (integrity, ethics and leadership qualities). The referee must explain their connection to the candidate, including how long they have known the candidate. The letters can be of a Party to an arbitration conducted by applicant, a Counsel in arbitration conducted by applicant, a Co-Arbitrator or others who could speak from their experience of seeing the candidate arbitrate.
Learn about the designation application process
You will need to:
- Check that you meet the application requirements (see charts above)
- Check the application deadline (ADRIA’s Designations Committees 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.)
- Complete the application
- Submit the application
- Review your application for completeness
- An e-mail confirmation will be sent to each applicant who has submitted a complete application
- After the application deadline, issue an invoice for the application fee (for Chartered designations, there will be no application fee for 2020).
- Once invoices have been paid, forward all complete applications to the Regional Assessment Committee (RAC, the Alberta designation committees)
- Forward applications approved by the RACs to the national Mediation or Arbitration Designations Committee
- Notify all applicants of application status
- Successful applicants will be invoiced for designation fees by ADR Canada
Application Fees & Deadlines & Fees
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.
ADRIA accepts designation applications 3 times/year. The application windows are as follows:
|APPLICATION PERIOD||DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS||REVIEW PERIOD|
*There is a pause on Q.Med applications for the June application period. The Q.Med applications are being revised and the new criteria will be launched September 1, 2021.
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.
Apply for your designation
Meet the Regional Assessment Committees (RAC)
Applications for a designation from the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) are first reviewed by regional assessment committees. Once the application has been reviewed by the regional committee, if it meets the requirements, it will be forwarded to ADRIC’s national Mediation or Arbitration Designation Committee.
The Committees are comprised of members selected by the affiliate for their recognized experience and standing in the ADR Community.
Alberta Arbitration Regional Assessment Committee
- J.B. Isaacs, C.Arb, C.Med – Chair
- Don Goodfellow, C.Arb
- John Kosolowski, C.Arb
- Thomas (Tom) Jolliffe, C.Arb
- Arbitration Designation Committee Terms of Reference
Alberta Mediation Regional Assessment Committee
- Marne Turnbull, C.Med – Chair
- Lorraine Nordstrom, C.Med
- Moosa Jiwaji, C.Med
- Mediation Designation Committee Terms of Reference
Maintain your designation
To maintain your designation you will need to maintain your full membership with ADRIA (or another regional/provincial affiliate of ADR Canada). You will also need to report your continuing education and engagement credits and pay your annual designation renewal fees.
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.
|RENEWAL TYPE||2021 DESIGNATION RENEWAL FEE|
(INCLUDING CEE FILING FEE)
|C.Arb or C.Med Annual Renewal||$231.00|
|C.Arb and C.Med Annual Renewal||$293.00|
|C.Med-Arb, C.Arb and C.Med Renewal||$308.00|
|Q.Arb or Q.Med Annual Renewal||$132.00|
|C.Arb and Q.Med Annual Renewal||$258.00|
|C.Med and Q.Arb Annual Renewal||$258.00|
|Q.Arb and Q.Med Annual Renewal||$183.00|
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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
Do I need to become a member of ADRIC (ADR Institute of Canada) in order to apply for a designation (Q.Med, Q.Arb, C.Med, C.Arb)?
Yes. In order to apply for a designation, you are required to have full membership with the ADR Institute of Alberta which includes a full membership with the ADRIC.
How do I start the process of applying for a professional designation in mediation or arbitration from the ADR Institute of Canada?
ADRIA accepts the applications from our members on behalf of ADRIC, and our regional committees review the applications before they are forwarded to ADRIC for final assessment. ADRIA accepts designation applications 3 times/year. You can read more about the application process here.
You can see a basic summary of the requirements for each designation here.
Read our article “How to Apply for an ADR Designation” to answer the most common questions our office receives about the designation process.
To fully understand all the requirements and forms which need to be submitted for each designation, please read the application information booklets and forms on our Designations page.