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Admissions Criteria

Joining Mediate BC's Roster

Associates Criteria for Admissions

Associates are trained mediators who are in the process of gaining mediation experience. To be admitted to the Roster as an Associate, applicants must have:

  • A minimum of 40 hours of mediation-specific theory and skills training in an approved course or courses.
  • Completion of a minimum of 100 hours of training in related topics in conflict resolution theory and practice including study of negotiation, communication skills, conflict management, relationship and power dynamics, or additional courses in mediation or other dispute resolution processes.
  • Completion of Mediate BC’s two-part course on Indigenous history, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the importance of cultural safety in mediation. (Course to be available in late 2024. For applications prior to course availability, commitment to complete the course within one year).
  • Completion of at least 10 hours of coached mediation role play (which may be part of courses identified to meet knowledge components) including at least 5 hours acting in the role of mediator or co-mediator.
  • Annual written commitment to conduct mediations in accordance with the Society’s Standards of Conduct and to be subject to the Society’s complaint process.

Registered Roster Mediators (RRMs) Criteria for Admissions

Registered Roster Mediators or RRMs are mediators who have met the stringent standards required for admission onto a Mediate BC roster. The RRM designation reflects the rigorous training and ongoing experience Mediate BC requires of all mediators. To be admitted to the Roster as an RRM, applicants must have:

  • 80 hours of mediation-specific theory and skills training
  • Completion of a minimum of 100 hours of coursework in related topics in conflict resolution theory and practice.
  • Completion of Mediate BC’s two-part course on Indigenous history, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the importance of cultural safety in mediation. (Course to be available in late 2024. For applications prior to course availability, commitment to complete the course within one year).
  • Completion of at least 10 hours of coached mediation role play (which may be part of courses identified to meet knowledge components) including at least 5 hours acting in the role of mediator or co-mediator.
  • Completion of at least 10 mediations as sole mediator or co-mediator, or as a participant in an approved practicum program

OR

  • Completion of at least 5 mediations plus 10 facilitated collaborative dispute resolution processes determined by the Admissions Chair (or their delegate) to satisfy the experience requirement.
  • Commitment to conduct mediations in accordance with the Society’s Standards of Conduct and to be subject to the Society’s complaint process demonstrated by
    annual written commitment

AND

  • Two reference forms completed by individuals who have observed your work as a mediator within the last 5 years, and are familiar with your mediation skills and commitment to the field. References cannot be from immediate relatives or business partners. References cannot be from the complainant, respondent, plaintiff or defendant in a mediation, unless they are repeat participants.

Insurance Requirements

Mediate BC requires all Roster mediators to have a minimum professional mediator liability insurance coverage of:

  • $1,000,000 per incident
  • $2,000,000 aggregate

Applicants may obtain insurance after they have been accepted onto the Roster or before. Please note that successful applicants will not be admitted to the Roster until proof of insurance is received. 

Mediate BC’s Insurance Program

All Associates and RRMs have access to Mediate BC’s insurance program. This program provides conflict resolution professionals with errors and omissions, and optional commercial general liability insurance at a group rate.

The program is underwritten by Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company and is offered exclusively through NFP Canada. Questions about insurance coverage can be directed to:

NFP, an Aon Company
adr@nfp.ca
1-844-811-1118

To apply please use the portal link below.

Admissions Process

The Admission Panel is made up for Mediate BC staff and Registered Roster Mediators. The Panel meets on a quarterly basis to review all applications to the Roster. 

The next Admission Cycle will close on September 16th, 2024. Before submitting, please consult with the pre-admissions checklist. 

To learn more about the Admissions Committee please head here. 

Designations

Registered Roster Mediators can apply to have designations added to their profile through a demonstration of course work, life experience, prior learning and/or associated work experience.

Current designations include:

Family (Parenting)

Civil Procedure

Forms coming soon!

Family (Property)

Med-Arb

Child Protection 

Pre-Admission Checklist

  1. Application – Complete and submit the online Associate or RRM application
  2. References – Associates do not need to submit references. RRMs will need to have 2 referees complete the reference form. Once both references are received, applicants will be notified.
  3. Payment – There is a non-refundable application fee of $150 for both Associates and RRMs. For Associates, the application covers the first year of Roster status. For RRMs, upon successful admission to the Roster, the $350 annual roster fee will be due upon acceptance.
  4. Insurance – option to obtain insurance before or after acceptance.

Post-Admission Checklist

  1. Apply for insurance coverage
  2. Send copy of insurance coverage to Roster Manager.
  3. Your login instructions will be e-mailed to you.
  4. Follow the e-mailed instructions and create your online profile.
  5. Keep up to date with your annual renewal payments, CPD and proof of insurance. 

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