ADRIC Accredited Courses

The following programs have been evaluated and approved as ADRIC Accredited Courses – they meet ADRIC’s
standards, have approved trainers and meet some or all[1] of the educational requirements for the Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb), Chartered Mediator (C.Med), Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) and/or Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designations.

For more information on any of the programs, click the relevant link.

Organization Course Description Location Upcoming start dates Entrance requirements
Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society TCAS Gold Standard Course in Arbitration™ This 40-hour course will provide an in-depth understanding of domestic and international commercial arbitration, both institutional and ad hoc, and will be of particular interest to arbitrators and arbitration counsel, or those interested in pursuing practice in this area.

The program is directed by William G. Horton with the assistance of Joel Richler and is taught by a faculty of leading arbitration practitioners.

Arbitration Place, 333 Bay Street, Suite 900, Toronto, ON

Participation by video conference available throughout Canada.

September 14, 2019 to May 9, 2020
Arbitration for Professionals Certificate This online arbitration training program meets the basic mediation education training component required to achieve the ADRIC Qualified Arbitrator designation.

The Arbitration for Professionals certificate will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to arbitrate, manage and resolve issues and determine the outcome of various disputes. This arbitration training course is designed for those wishing to become arbitrators, or who seek a greater understanding of the skills involved in arbitration.

Online January 20, February 3, March 16, April 13 Post-Secondary degree or diploma and OR relevant experience

Accredited mediation courses

Organization Course Description Location Upcoming start dates Entrance requirements
Mediation for Professionals Kompass Professional Development offers a 12-week comprehensive online Mediation for Professionals certificate. The course covers Alternative Dispute Resolution, Dispute Resolution Assessment, Managing Family Dynamics, Family Law for Non-Lawyer Mediators, Workplace Dispute Resolution and Family Mediation.

Students will participate in discussions, forums and live lecture and role play sessions with their Instructor and classmates.

Online Feb.3, Mar.2, Apr.13, May.11 2020 Post-secondary education (degree or diploma) or experience in a related field
Mediation Certificate Program The mediation certificate program consists of eight courses for a total of 16 days of training.

There will be a focus the Mediators role and responsibilities, as well as the importance of Mediator Presence. Participants will be introduced to and practise an Interest-based mediation model and will have opportunities to learn how to assess a conflict to determine the appropriate ADR option, prepare the parties and facilitate the mediation. You will also have an opportunity to explore how to facilitate the emotional dynamic that often exists in the mediation room.


St. Albert, Alberta, Canada Details here

[1] Based on designation criteria. See our Professional Designations page.


ADRIC Course Accreditation Service

ADRIC often receives enquiries from individuals about dispute resolution courses: having your course
“pre-approved” allows us to recommend your ADRIC Accredited Courses with confidence.

Benefits of ADRIC Accredited Courses:

For Course Providers

  • Website Listing

ADRIC will list its Accredited Courses on its website together with the dates and locations where the Courses will be presented. (In any given month, ADRIC’s website has over 24,000 page views, about 63% of which come from organic searches (via search engine), 20% referrals and 17% direct)

  • Advertising Aids

Successful ADRIC Accredited Courses receive the ADRIC Accredited Course Provider logo which may be used in their advertising (with respect to the ADRIC Accredited Course only) and on the relevant certificates of completion.

The Course Provider may advertise that the ADRIC Accredited Course meets some or all of the educational requirements for an ADRIC designation.

  • Referrals

ADRIC receives numerous calls for course recommendations that will lead to an ADRIC designation – ADRIC recommends its Accredited Courses to callers and refers them to its website.

For Students

  • Facilitated Access to Designations

Affiliates’ Regional Designation Assessment Committees are assured that a student successfully completing an ADRIC Accredited Course meets some or all of the educational requirements for an ADRIC designation. Affiliates can easily access the national list of Accredited Courses.

(Any student completing any course not pre-approved as an ADRIC Accredited Course cannot automatically use that course toward requirements for ADRIC’s Designations. The relevant regional designation assessment committee will be required to assess any course that is not an Accredited Course on a case by case basis and at such fees as they deem appropriate.)

For Employers

The ADRIC Accredited Course Provider is assured that a student successfully completing the Course will be permitted to use that Course towards requirements for affiliate membership where required and for the relevant ADRIC Professional Designations.

­ADRIC National Course Accreditation Program Policy

  1. Introduction
    • The ADR Institute of Canada (“ADRIC”) is a primary source of information about ADR training and standards across Canada. ADRIC members, who meet specific criteria including training requirements, may apply to obtain ADRIC national designations.
    • ADRIC’s National Course Accreditation Program assesses courses against requirements for these national designations.
    • Some Affiliates need assistance in determining the suitability of courses for their members applying for designations and therefore have requested that ADRIC establish a national list of accredited courses for designation purposes.
    • This Policy sets out the requirements for Accreditation of Courses that meet ADRIC’s minimum standards under which a course may be advertised as an ADRIC Accredited Course and the benefits that attach to being approved as an ADRIC Accredited Course.
  1. Accreditation Process
    • Any course provider wishing to achieve ADRIC Accredited Course status for one or more courses shall apply by:
      • completing the ADRIC Course Accreditation Application forms for each course
      • completing the ADRIC Trainer/Coach Approval Application forms each trainer and coach
      • sending these applications to the ADRIC Education Program Coordinator with the appropriate fee (Schedule A).
    • There is also an Annual Renewal form and fee to be submitted (indicating whether there are or have been any modifications to the course content and any changes it intends to make to the lead instructor(s), principal trainers or coaches, and if so, attached for review). This renewal process includes:
      • review of any proposed modifications to ensure the course still meets the requirements for Course Accreditation;
      • evaluation of the competency of any newly proposed instructors, trainers or coaches;
      • annually updated ADRIC Accredited Course logo indicating the course meets some or all of the educational requirements for an ADRIC designation;
      • posting on ADRIC’s website and in its newsletters.
      • may be used in their advertising (with respect to the ADRIC Accredited Course only) and on the relevant certificates of completion.
  1. Types of Courses
    • Currently, the program includes criteria to approve 40 hour mediation and arbitration training. It will be expanded to include other courses that can contribute to the 80 or 180 hour training required for the designations.

Download the Policy with Definitions

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