Become IMI Certified

1. Review your experience

Have you completed at least 200 hours or 20 mediations as a mediator? If so, you may be eligible to apply.

2. Find and qualify with a QAP

Find your nearest Qualifying Assessment Program to be assessed against IMI standards.

3. Appoint a reviewer and gain feedback

Appoint a reviewer to provide a 'feedback digest' for your mediator profile.

4. Make listing contribution*

To optionally include your listing in the online IMI mediator database and fund the future of mediation, pay an annual listing contribution.

IMI Certified Mediators form a worldwide community of experienced mediators whose Profiles are freely searchable by users through the IMI open search engine.

To become an IMI Certified Mediator, you must first be qualified for IMI Certification by a Qualifying Assessment Program (QAP) that has been approved by the IMI Independent Standards Commission (ISC). These QAPs are listed on the IMI website, with their criteria, and you can approach them directly to see if you can be qualified for IMI Certification.

Click here to find a Qualifying Assessment Program (QAP)

Click here to read the IMI Certification criteria

Once you are qualified for IMI Certification, the QAP will create a profile for you on the IMI Portal and invite you to log in and begin building your IMI profile. You can add your information to the profile, upload your photo and appoint a reviewer to prepare your 'Feedback Digest'. Once your profile is complete and the Feedback Digest has been uploaded, you can submit your application. Once approved, your profile will be publicly visible in the IMI open search engine.  Guidance for QAPs on how to add a new mediator/mediation advocate for certification by IMI can be found here.

The Feedback Digest is a key part of the IMI profile. This is one of the unique features about IMI Certification, and it is something that greatly interests prospective Users.  Once qualified for IMI Certification, you will need to appoint a Reviewer to prepare your Feedback Digest.  The IMI Guidelines for Appointing a Reviewer will help you with the Feedback Digest section of your Profile.

IMI does not earn income from the provision of any services and is exclusively reliant on grants and contributions. Accordingly, all IMI Certified Mediators are required to contribute a nominal amount annually to the cost of maintaining and developing the search engine for the year beginning from the date of your IMI Certification.  The amount that was agreed during the international consultation with mediators in 2008 is US$175/€125/£110, or equivalent in other currency, and those becoming IMI Certified are invited to contribute from the Contribution section of their Profile, or by cheque, credit card or bank transfer (click here for details).

IMI also offers IMI Certification for Mediation Advocates/Advisors, who are representing parties in mediation. For further information, click here

Please Contact us if you still need help to complete your Profile.