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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:

  • 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.
  • Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator (C.Med-Arb) recognizes a superior level of generalist competence, the goal being to assist those requiring mediation and arbitration services in finding a highly experienced and skilled practitioner. The C.Medā€Arb designation is awarded to Chartered Mediators and Chartered Arbitrators who meet the extra qualifications set out.

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.

Application Deadlines

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.

 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.

There will be a 2020 fee holiday for any new Chartered designation application!  The $200 application fee for all applicants seeking a Chartered designation will be waived for 2020. 

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 

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.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 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: 

ADRIA designations info booklet revised June 2020.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: 

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:

ADRIC C.Med-Arb Criteria

Application form:

ADRIC C.Med-Arb Application Form

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) (2020 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.Med-Arb, C.Med and C.Arb Annual Renewal275.00

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. 

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.

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