These designations allow our members to convey their level of experience and skill to prospective users of their services based on an objective third party assessment.

Users of ADR services or lawyers and other professionals referring clients feel confident knowing that when they choose an ADR professional with a designation granted by ADRIC they are choosing an individual whose performance has been reviewed and assessed by a committee of senior and respected practitioners who have verified that the professional is working at a particular level.

Highly experienced members can apply for the Chartered Mediator (C.Med) and the Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb), designations. These designations are known and respected across Canada and internationally. These are the most senior designation offered by the ADR Institute of Canada.

Members with extensive training and some practice experience can apply for the Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designation that indicates they have been judged to be practicing at an intermediate level. (See tab at left for more information.)

Chartered Mediator FAQs
Chartered Arbitrator FAQs

The Assessment Process

The first stage of the objective third party assessment of an applicant for the Chartered Mediator or Chartered Arbitrator designation is completed by the Regional Chartered Mediator Assessment Committee (RCMAC) or the Regional Chartered Arbitrator Accreditation Committee (RCAAC). This committee is comprised of members selected by the affiliate for their recognized experience and standing in the ADR Community. The Regional Committee meets with and interviews the applicant. Applicants for the Chartered Mediator designation may be asked to do a mock mediation.

Once the applicant has been reviewed by the regional committee, if he or she is successful, the application will be forwarded to the National Chartered Arbitrator or National Chartered Mediator Accreditation Committee. This committee is comprised of individuals appointed by their regional Boards to review the application. This ensures standardization across the country. If the vote at the National level is unanimous, the Board of Directors of the ADR Institute of Canada is advised that the candidate has been successful and the designation is conferred. If the vote at the regional level is not unanimous, or if an application involves a matter of policy or interpretation the application is then considered by the National Board of Directors.

For Accreditation Appeals Policy, please contact Mena Sestito at 416-487-4447, 1-877-475-4353 ext 101 or admin [at]

As part of the Gold Standard approach to ADR in Canada, the ADR Institute of Canada requires active Chartered Mediators, Chartered Arbitrators, Qualified Mediators 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. View ADRIC Insurance Program.

Designation Holders’ Annual Renewal Fees (2016 rates – subject to change)

C.Arb Annual Renewal 178.00
C.Med Annual Renewal 178.00
C.Med and C.Arb Annual Renewal 234.00
Q.Arb Annual Renewal 99.00
Q.Med Annual Renewal 99.00
C.Arb and Q.Med Annual Renewal 180.00
C.Med and Q.Arb Annual Renewal 180.00
Q.Arb and Q.Med Annual Renewal 129.00

Note: ADRIC and the Affiliates offer retired members the opportunity to hold their designation(s) at no annual fee provided that they are fully retired from the workplace and maintain at least a retired membership category with the provincial or regional affiliate.  In such cases, the designation would be modified as follows:  C.Med (Ret); Q.Med (Ret); C.Arb (Ret); Q.Arb (Ret).  This is ADRIC’s way of honouring our long-term designated members.  You need not do anything to renew your designation, but you must maintain membership with your regional affiliate.  This retired designation category is not available to members who are not currently practicing or are inactive in ADR for other reasons.  Those on maternity leave, family leave, or facing medical challenges may apply to have their designations temporarily paused, with no requirement to maintain a paid membership until they return to work.