A professional designation is your way of differentiating yourself and conveying your level of achievement to prospective users of your services.
A member in good standing can apply for accreditation as a Chartered Mediator and/ or Chartered Arbitrator. These designations are recognized nationally and internationally, signifying to the public and to those referring clients that an ADR practitioner has achieved a particular level of skill and experience. Individuals who hold these designations stand above the crowd and therefore enjoy a competitive advantage.
Experienced members in good standing can apply for the Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) or Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) designations. These are the most senior designations offered by the Institute. Now available are the new Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) and Qualified Mediator (Q.Med.) designations.
BCAMI also offers two levels of accreditation for family arbitrators. The designation Certified Family Arbitrator (C.Fam.Arb.) is available to those who have completed the approved training program and have arbitrated at least 5 family cases. The intermediate designation Qualified Family Arbitrator (Q.Fam.Arb.) is available to arbitrators who have completed the approved training, but do not have much experience. Both designation have ongoing insurance, fee and continuing education requirements. They apply only to practice in British Columbia.
Please note that the criteria and application form have changed.
To be considered for the Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) designation, applicants must be a member in good standing of the ADR Institute of Canada through one of its seven affiliates, complete an application form and meet the membership criteria as set out in the document below.
Q.Arb. (Qualified Arbitrator) requires successful completion of a course of study of 40 hours or more in arbitration and hearing procedure approved by the ADR Institute of Canada or BCAMI and successful completion of the ADR Institute of Canada's written open book Q.Arb. exam or an exam which is part of a course approved by ADRIC or BCAMI no more than 10 years prior to the application. There are additional ongoing requirements such as proof of insurance and continuing education credits.
C.Med. (Chartered Mediator) requires 80 hours of mediation theory; completion of a skills mediation training program and BCAMI or approved conflict resolution courses; and 100 hours of study or training in dispute resolution generally. The applicant must meet with the Regional Chartered Mediator Accreditation Committee (RCMAC) and have conducted at least 15 mediations as sole mediator or presided as the mediation chairperson and all 15 must have been fee paid.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING APPLYING FOR YOUR CHARTERED MEDIATOR (C.Med) DESIGNATION PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT CHANGES
Q.Med. (Qualified Mediator) is to recognize practitioners who have completed sufficient mediation and related dispute resolution training (see Q.Med. Criteria) to be qualified to practice as mediators. It is an intermediate step for mediators working to receive their Chartered Mediator designation.
Obtaining the C.Arb., Q.Arb., C.Med. or Q.Med.
If approved by the RCAAC or RCMAC panel, the application is sent to ADRIC which grants the designation. The applicant cannot use the status until approval is received from the ADRIC. The member's certificate is sent to them and an announcement is made. An applicant who is not approved by the RCAAC or RCMAC may appeal to the National Accreditation Committee.
Persons granted the C.Arb., Q.Arb., C.Med., and/or Q.Med. must maintain the National designation fees in good standing in addition to the annual membership dues for BCAMI and ADRIC .
Cert.Fam.Arb. (Certified Family Arbitrator) may be used only by a BCAMI member in good standing and only in connection with practice in BC.
Applicants must successfully complete a 40 hour family arbitration course approved by BCAMI and successfully complete an approved course in Screening for Domestic Violence. Non-lawyers must also complete an approved training course in family law and be in compliance with any regulatory training requirements.
The applicant has acted as an instructor in the BCAMI Family Arbitrator Training Program AND completed the pre-requisite training for that Program.
The applicant has arbitrated at least 5 family cases (broadly defined)
OR, in place of 1 and 2
Acknowledged Expertise: Long experience as a family practitioner including family arbitration in BC and recognition by peers, as confirmed by at least 2 satisfactory letters of reference.
There are also additional ongoing requirements such as proof in insurance and continuing educational requirements, etc.