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:
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.
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.
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:
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
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
Before applying, make sure you meet the Chartered Arbitrator Principles, Criteria, Protocol and Competencies.(pdf)
Apply for a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) Designation
Exemption from requirement to provide proof of insurance
ADRIC requires active Chartered and Qualified Mediators and Chartered and Qualified 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:
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:
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.
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:
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.