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Certification Process

The certification process for most types of IMI Certification and Specialisation is similar.  IMI Certification is for experienced mediators who have completed at least 200 hours/20 mediations. Young Mediator applications can be completed online, and are vetted by IMI volunteers. For information about becoming IMI Qualified, please see here.

Step 1: Review your Experience

Do you meet the minimum requirements for your preferred type of Certification?  If so, you may be eligible to apply.  See our ‘Certify‘ and ‘Competency Criteria‘ pages for more information.

Step 2: Find an appropriate Qualifying Assessment Program

Find your nearest Qualifying Assessment Program to be assessed against IMI standards.  For would-be Certified Mediators, this is any QAP; for Mediation Advocates/Advisors, MA-QAPs; and for Inter-Cultural Competence, ICQAPs.  Find your nearest QAP on our website.  Once you qualify, your QAP will request that IMI set up a Certified profile for you on our website.

Step 3: Appoint a Reviewer

Appoint a reviewer to provide a ‘Feedback Digest’ for your Certified profile.  You can find information about appointing a reviewer, including sample emails, on our website.  The Feedback Digest is an essential part of all IMI Certified Mediator and IMI Certified Mediation Advocate profiles.

Step 4: Complete your Profile

Ensure you have completed your Certified profile on the IMI website, including active locations, areas of expertise, languages spoken, and a profile image.  It is this profile that will be displayed in search results, should you choose to be included.  The direct link to your profile will take the form  You are responsible for completing your own profile, though your QAP may be able to provide assistance.

Step 5: Provide Listing Contribution

To optionally include your Certified profile in the online IMI Mediator and Certification database, pay an annual listing contribution.  Waivers may be requested where there are extenuating circumstances.  Read more about IMI’s funding here, or pay your contribution here.



IMI does not earn income from the provision of any services and is exclusively reliant on grants and contributions.  For this reason, IMI Certified Professionals are asked to make an annual contribution towards the cost of maintaining and developing the IMI search engine and related infrastructure.  The amount that was agreed during an international consultation with mediators in 2008 was US$175/€125/£110. Learn more about our funding.


As nomenclature is largely jurisdiction-specific, your MA-QAP will identify which qualification will be accorded to successful candidates—IMI Certified Mediation Advocate or IMI Certified Mediation Advisor.