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How to Apply for an ADR Designation

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 9:37 AM | Deleted user

by Tammy Borowiecki, Director, Professional Development

This is the time of year members are considering applying for a professional designation, so I thought I would summarize the application process in simple terms.

The five designations - Chartered Mediator (C.Med), Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb), Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) , Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb), and Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator (C.Med-Arb) - are awarded by the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC). These designations allow members to convey their level of experience and skill in a way that is recognized internationally. You can find out more on our Designations page. 

ADRIA administers the first part of the application process for our members and sends the applications and recommendations to ADRIC for final approval. Applications are accepted in February, June, and October each year.

Criteria for Arbitration Designations

To apply for a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) designation you need to have completed a 40-hour approved arbitration course and passed the exam. 

ADRIA runs the National Introductory Arbitration course in Edmonton and Calgary (COVID restrictions permitting) as well as online. On the last day of the course, you will view an arbitration hearing video and are provided with written evidence. You have 30-days from the last day of this course to write an Award on this case. The exam is pass/fail. A pass fulfills the requirements to apply for a Q.Arb designation. 

No practical experience is needed to apply for a Q.Arb designation however you still need to go through the application process - a designation is not automatically issued simply by completing the course.

To apply for a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) designation you need to have completed and passed an approved Arbitration course as described above, plus you must have practical experience in arbitration. Specifically, you must have chaired at least 10 fee-paid arbitrations and provide at least 3 awards that you have written for review by the Designation Committee.    

Criteria for Mediation Designations

To apply for a Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designation you need education, practical experience and reference letters. 

The educational requirement is 80 hours of ADR training of which 40 hours must be a single, pre-approved mediation course. The other 40 hours can be a combination of courses, but must be in ADR and must be training, so you can't just take a psychology course or legal course or go to a conference.

ADRIA runs the National Introductory Mediation course throughout the year in Edmonton and Calgary (COVID restrictions permitting) as well as online. Other pre-approved courses are offered from other service providers.  If you are unsure if a course would qualify towards your designation, please contact the ADRIA office. 

For the practical experience requirement, you need two real (actual) solo mediations (paid or unpaid), or two supervised mock mediations, or one of each.

For the real mediations, you are required to provide a 300-500 word summary of each mediation following the guidelines in the Q.Med application form. 

For the supervised mock mediations, the supervisor must be on ADIRA’s roster of supervisors who have been approved by the designation committee. The supervisor must complete a review form and submit their approval to the office. The supervised mock mediations can be arranged through ADRIA for a fee of $350 (plus GST) each or you can schedule them privately as long as you use a supervisor on the roster. 

For the references requirement you need two professional letters of recommendation and one personal letter of recommendation. 

To apply for a Chartered Mediator (C.Med) designation you need education, practical experience, reference letters and a skills assessment.

The educational requirement is 180 hours of ADR training, including the same 40-hour pre-approved mediation course requirement as for the Q.Med. The other 140 hours can be a combination of ADR courses. 

For the practical experience requirement, you need 15 solo, fee-paid mediations. 

For the references requirement you need two professional letters of recommendation and one personal letter of recommendation. 

The skills assessment is a 75-minute role-play observed by three assessors approved by the designations committee. Two of the assessors will act as the role-players and one assessor will observe and take notes. Approval by at least two assessors is required to pass the skills assessment. This assessment is conducted separately and apart from any classroom evaluation occurring as part of the students’ mediation training and must be booked through ADRIA. It is recommended that you schedule your assessment after you have met all of the other requirements for a C.Med designation as the assessment must be completed within two years of applying for your designation. The fee for this assessment is $475 plus GST.

Applicants who have their Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designation and who passed the Chartered Mediator assessment as part of that application process, do not need to complete a new assessment for their Chartered Mediator (C.Med) application.

Criteria for Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator (C.Med-Arb) Designation:

To apply for a Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator (C.Med-Arb) designation you must hold both Chartered Mediator (C.Med) and Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) designations.

Additional requirements include completion of at least one Mediation-Arbitration and completion of ADRIC's 16-hour Mediation-Arbitration course or other approved equivalent.

Additional information for all designations

The designation application fee is $200 plus GST.  For the first two designation applications periods of 2021, there will be a fee holiday for any new Chartered designation application.

After you have been granted a designation, there is an annual fee to maintain your designation. Beginning in 2021, annual fees include Continuing Education & Engagement (CEE) reporting fees. You can find out specific fees for each designation on the Designations page. The fee is payable to ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) due annually on January 1st

You must remain a full-member in good standing with the ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) to retain your designation. Your membership renewal with ADRIA is due yearly from the time you obtained membership. Full membership renewal with ADRIA is $325 plus GST.

In order to be granted a designation, you are required to have professional liability insurance also known as Errors and Omissions insurance. ADRIC has negotiated a special rate with Marsh Insurance for ADR professionals. Rates start at $235 per year for Arbitrators and $180 per year for other ADR practitioners, including mediators. 

You are also required to demonstrate Continuing Education and Engagement (CCE) in your field. Information on the Continuing Education and Engagement Program requirements can be found in your ADRIC member portal. Beginning in 2021, you are required to file a report every year.  

The Designation application windows are as follows:

Application Period       Review Period

February                           March

June                                   July

October                            November

You can find out more information and the necessary forms for your application on our Designations page

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