Family Roster Admission

Mediators on the Family Roster mediate a variety of family-related matters, including reorganization of the family after separation or divorce, parenting, financial support and property matters connected to separation or divorce, child protection, family business, family property or finances, family inheritance and estates, responsibility for care of elderly parents, adoption, pre-nuptial issues, and intra-family conflicts.

Please noteThe Family Law Act requires that all mediators conducting mediation in relation to a family law dispute meet certain qualifications, or be a listed on an approved Roster. Only Roster mediators or those who meet the standards may mediate in relation to a family law dispute. If you are on Mediate BC’s Family Roster and have sufficient training in family violence screening, you meet the requirements. Please note that Mediate BC’s Civil Roster is not approved under the Regulation and those mediators need to qualify in some other manner. You can find more information on the specific requirements at the Ministry of Justice webpage – Family Law Legislation.

Criteria for Admission

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

EITHER

  • certification by Family Mediation Canada;
  • for non-lawyers, at least 40 hours of training in family law and procedures;
  • at least two days (14 hours) of instruction in Civil Procedure;
  • at least 14 hours of family violence training; and
  • insurance coverage.

OR

  • at least 80 hours of core education in conflict resolution and mediation theory and skills training;
  • 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 drafting memoranda of understanding and 7 hours minimum on financial issues relating to separation, divorce and family reorganization); 
  • at least two days (14 hours) of instruction in Civil Procedure;
  • a university or college degree or diploma in law, social sciences or related field;
  • completion of a minimum of 80 hours of mediation work over the course of a minimum of 10 family mediations over the past 5 years, as sole mediator, co-mediator, or as co-participant in an accepted practicum or mentoring program (please note: this marks a change from the previous requirement of 200 hours over 20 mediations);
  • letters of reference; and
  • insurance coverage.

Detailed information about the qualifications to join the Family Roster can be found in Summary of Qualifications for Admission: Family Roster

Application Procedure

Information Regarding Education and Training Requirements