The Chartered Arbitrator & Chartered Mediator Designations – Setting Standards For In-house ADR Practitioners
In-House Mediation and Arbitration
Organizations with the expertise and know-how to establish “in-house” mediation and/or arbitration services have made a wise investment. From improved morale and working relationships with the public, clients, customers and employees, to decreased litigation, the benefits and cost savings in all areas touched by these processes is beyond question.
Adding Strength to Your In-House Program: The Chartering Designations
The benefits of making ADR processes part of the fabric of the organization will, however, only be realized if the level of training and expertise of in-house staff meet quality standards that ensure the credibility of the program. To ensure services offered are of the proper caliber, organizations such as the Department of National Defence regularly turn to standards set by the ADR Institute of Canada, Inc. (ADRIC) with respect to the C.Med. and C.Arb. Designations.
ADRIC, has obtained official recognition under the Federal Trade Marks Act for the designations Chartered Mediator, C.Med., and Chartered Arbitrator, C.Arb. All other groups and individuals are prohibited from adopting or using any of these marks or any marks that might be mistaken for these marks without the consent of ADRIC.
The Chartered Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator designations recognize a “generalist competence”, the goal being to assist the public in finding qualified practitioners. These designations are also key to organizations with in-house arbitrators and mediators who wish to set objective standards and qualifications for their staff. Organizations with branches across Canada find the designation particularly useful as it is the only nationally recognized designation for practicing mediators and arbitrators in Canada.
To ensure that a high, consistent, set of standards is met by the persons entitled to use the designations, the Board of Directors of ADRIC has established general principles, a set of criteria and a protocol to be used in assessing the eligibility of a candidate for the designation and for the granting of a designation.
Why the C.Med and C.Arb designations are important to Organizations with In-house ADR Programs:
- The C.Med and C.Arb designations are Canada’s only official designation for practising mediators and arbitrators across Canada.
- These designations are recognized across the country and internationally with ADRIC having been approached to serve on the Standards Committee for the International Mediation Institute located in the Hague.
- Those awarded these designations are members of an organization that represents continued excellence, both domestically and internationally, in the field of ADR.
- Programs can be standardized across the country with respect to process and cost.
- Those awarded these designations have access to discounted courses and professional development sessions within the region of residence of each practitioner and nationally.
- Organizations can include designation competency requirements within the practitioner’s learning profile so that the employee’s personal learning plans are directly related to the requirements of the designation.
How the Designations Meet the Needs of Canadian Organizations
The C.Med and C.Arb designations provide a Canadian solution for Canadian organizations, offering all of the following:
- Process efficiency.
- Standardization, with every one assessed in the same simplified manner.
- Perception and actual fairness of process.
- Francophone sensitivity.
- Ensuring competency requirements are maintained.
- Overall consistency.
- A fee structure that ensures that everyone pays the same designation application fees.