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 (including 7 hours minimum on prenting 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);
  • 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 40 hours of core education in mediation theory and skills training (including 10 hours of simulated or role play mediation);
  • at least 40 hours of core education in conflict resolution training, including 7 hours on ethical issues relating to the mediation procress;
  • 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 prenting 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); 
  • at least two days (14 hours) of instruction in Civil Procedure;
  • at least 2 years experience in family-related practice;
  • at least 40 hours of family mediation work as sole mediator, co-mediator or mediator in an accepted practicum or mentoring program. The 40 hours must have been completed over at least 10 family mediations over the past 5 years. They must include at least 5 mediations concerned with the reorganization of the family after separation, including certain parenting issues [guardianship, parenting time, contact, custody, access, maintenance and support] or financial support and property matters connected to separation)*;
  • letters of reference; and
  • insurance coverage.
*may also include the equivalent of 3 family meidations (for a total of 9 hours) from a successful assessment by an approved organization, and a maximum of 2 family mediations in a law school mediation moot.

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