Associate Family Roster Admission

Associate Family Mediators are trained mediators in the process of gaining mediation experience. 

Criteria for Admission

To be admitted to the Associate Family Roster, mediators must have:

  • at least 40 hours of core education specifically in mediation theory and skills training, including 10 hours of simulated or role play mediation (please note: this marks a change from the previous broader requirement of 40 hours in conflict resolution and mediation);
  • at least 7 hours of training focused on ethical issues relating to the mediation process;
  • at least 14 hours of family violence training;
  • at least 21 hours focusing on issues related to family dynamics in separation and divorce (what do we mean by family dynamics?);
  • for non-lawyers, at least 40 hours of training in family law and procedures (including 7 hours minimum on parenting and guardianship, 7 hours minimum on child and spousal support, 7 hours minimum on division of property, 7 hours minimum focused on jurisdiction, and minimum 7 hours focused on drafting memoranda of understanding);
  • 2 years family-related experience;
  • two professional references; and
  • insurance coverage.


While not mandatory, Mediate BC highly encourages Associate Family Mediators to co-mediate with experienced family mediators who qualify under the Family Law Act Regulations Section 4(2).

Co-mediations are mediations in which:

  • the Associate actively participated in and shared responsibility for managing the mediation process;
  • the Associate did not act primarily as an observer; and
  • at least one of the mediators received some monetary consideration for the mediation services.
"On Co-Mediation" is a short series from the Mediate BC Blog that delves into the benefits of co-mediation for skill development and importantly the options for business development. Those considering applying to an Associate Roster are advised to read this short series.

Family Mediation Program

All Family Mediation Program participants must be Associate Family Roster mediators. However, application to the Family Mediation Program is not a requirement for admission to the Associate Family Roster.
NOTE: Please contact our office for updates on the FMP's availability in your area.
Detailed requirements are located on the Application Form: Associate Family Roster