Becoming a Certified Mediation Advisor

1. Review your experience

Check that you meet the requirements of a Mediation Advocate.

Read about qualifying criteria

2. Find and qualify with a QAP

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

Find your nearest center

3. Appoint a reviewer and gain feedback

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

Guidelines for appointing a reviewer

4. Make your listing contribution (optional)

Finally, to include your listing in the online IMI Mediation Advocate database and fund the future of mediation, pay an annual listing contribution.

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In order to establish a professional and technical basis for enabling disputing parties to identify the right people to advise and represent them in mediations, the IMI Mediation Advocacy Taskforce developed a comprehensive set of Competency Criteria of Mediation Advocates/Advisors. This certification was launched in July 2013.

If you are an experienced and competent practising Mediation Advocate or Advisor to parties in mediation, you may be eligible to become an IMI Certified Mediation Advocate/Advisor.

To become an IMI Certified Mediation Advocate/Advisor, you must first be qualified for IMI Certification by a Mediation Advocacy Qualifying Assessment Program (MA-QAP) that has been approved by the IMI Independent Standards Commission (ISC) and listed on the IMI website.  You will find their contact details with their program listing.  Find a Mediation Advocacy QAP.

Once you are qualified by an MA-QAP, a blank IMI profile will be generated for you on the IMI website. You will need to follow the next steps to become an IMI Certified Mediation Advocate/Advisor:

  1. Add your information to your profile.
  2. Gather feedback from participants in mediations where you acted as Mediation Advocate/Advisor, and appoint a Reviewer to summarise that feedback into a Mediation Advocacy Feedback Digest (The Feedback Digest is a key part of the IMI profile. This is one of the unique features of IMI Certification, and it is something that greatly interests prospective Users).
  3. Contact [email protected] to have your profile checked for completion.  You will now be eligible to be listed in search results on the IMI website, under 'Find a Mediation Advocate' (subject to a listing contribution or approved annual waiver request).

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

IMI does not earn income from the provision of any services, or charge membership fees, and is exclusively reliant on grants and contributions. Accordingly, all IMI Certified Mediators and Mediation Advocates/Advisors are asked 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 who become certified are invited to contribute from the Contribution section of their profile, or by cheque, credit card or bank transfer (click here for details).

For further information on IMI Mediation Advocacy Certification, please contact us