ADRIC 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), the Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) and now, the Chartered Mediator-Arbitrator (C.Med-Arb) designations. These designations are known and respected across Canada and internationally. These are the most senior designations offered by the ADR Institute of Canada.
Members with appropriate training and some practice experience can apply for the Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) and the Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) designations, which indicate they have been judged to be practicing at an entry level.
As a matter of interest, many Federal Government departments require their practitioners to have a C.Med including: Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Department of Justice Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada and Public Safety Canada.
Please note: You must be a “Full” Member of one of ADRIC’s Regional Affiliates before applying for an ADRIC designation. Please contact your Regional Affiliate to enquire about designation application forms, fees, approved courses in your province, etc, as they administer and regulate the designations in their region, and criteria may vary. After being reviewed and approved at the regional level, those who meet the requirements are forwarded with a recommendation to ADRIC which confers the designations. Successful candidates will be contacted with instruction to pay the annual maintenance dues (prorated) after which a certificate will be sent.
There are a number of fees to apply for and maintain a designation:
- a one-time designation application fee to your affiliate;
- designation maintenance dues to ADRIC to be paid annually on January 1st; and
- Continuing Education and Engagement Report processing fees every three years.
- Of course, there is also an annual membership fee payable to your affiliate.
Designation holders requesting a replacement or extra copies of their certificate must order them via the ADRIC shop: Certificate Re-Issue
- Chartered Mediator (C.Med)
- Qualified Mediator (Q.Med)
- Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb)
- Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb)
- Chartered Med-Arb (C.Med-Arb)
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 ADRIC at 416-487-4733, 1-877-475-4353 or admin [at] adric.ca.
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 as well as a commitment to Continued Education and Engagement (CEE). View ADRIC Insurance Program.
Designation Holders’ Annual Renewal Fees (2020 rates – subject to change)
|C.Arb Annual Renewal||198.00|
|C.Med Annual Renewal||198.00|
|C.Med and C.Arb Annual Renewal||260.00|
|Q.Arb Annual Renewal||99.00|
|Q.Med Annual Renewal||99.00|
|C.Arb and Q.Med Annual Renewal||225.00|
|C.Med and Q.Arb Annual Renewal||225.00|
|Q.Arb and Q.Med Annual Renewal||150.00|
Policy for Reinstatement of Chartered / Qualified Status
Lapsed Designations (Unpaid/or those for which CEE Reports have not been maintained)
UP TO THREE YEARS LAPSE
If the lapse period is three years or less, the applicant will be reinstated to the Chartered / Qualified status upon meeting the criteria.
The applicant must:
- Provide written reasons to the regional accreditation committee which, in the opinion of the committee, fall into one of the following two categories:
i. Non-practicing (leave of absence, sabbatical), OR
ii. Hardship (serious illness of self or close family member, business downturn or other financial issues);
- Remit the Designation Renewal Fee for the current and previous year;
- Remit to the regional affiliate, all outstanding annual fees to ADRIC;
- Surrender to ADRIC the previously issued Designation certificate along with payment of a re-issue fee ($35 + applicable taxes) for a new certificate; and
- Provide a written declaration that he or she has not displayed the Designation certificate nor represented himself or herself as a Chartered / Qualified professional during the lapse period.
MORE THAN THREE YEARS LAPSE
- An applicant whose Chartered/Qualified status has lapsed for more than three years will be required to apply as a new applicant, and
- Provide a written declaration that he or she has not represented himself or herself as a Chartered / Qualified professional during the lapse period.
Approved by Directors July 19, 2005 (Replaces Policy Approved June 12-13, 1999)
Policy for Retiring Chartered / Qualified Members
Note: ADRIC and the Affiliates offer retired members the opportunity to hold their Chartered designation(s) at no annual fee provided that they are fully retired from the workplace and maintain a retired membership category with the provincial or regional affiliate. In such cases, the designation would be modified as follows: C.Med(Ret); C.Arb(Ret). This is ADRIC’s way of honouring our long-term designated members. You must maintain Retired (or ADRIA LINK) membership with your regional Affiliate and you must sign an agreement to reinstate your full membership and designation if you engage in any paid dispute resolution services. Please complete the Retiring Chartered Member form/agreement and send via email to your to email@example.com, copying your affiliate.
NEW for Qualified designation holders: Those retired members holding a Q.Med and/or Q.Arb may now retain their designation by continuing to pay the nominal annual fee ($99) along with their retired membership fee, however CEE reporting is not required. You must maintain Retired (or ADRIA LINK) membership with your regional Affiliate, and you must sign an agreement to reinstate your full membership and designation if you engage in any paid dispute resolution services. Please complete the Retiring Qualified Member form/agreement and send via email to your to firstname.lastname@example.org, copying your affiliate.
As a retired member, your ADR Connect profile will no longer be visible to the public.
These retired designation categories are not available to members on a temporary basis – those who are are facing financial hardship or serious health issues may apply to have their designation “paused” until the end of the calendar year. Please contact us for more information.