Below you will find answers to some frequently-asked questions. If your answer is not here, please use the form to contact us. We also encourage you to use the search function of our website, accessible via the ‘search’ icon in the main menu. Please note that IMI is staffed by one part-time staff member and volunteers, so there is likely to be a short delay in responding to you.
Training and starting out
The International Mediation Institute is not a training provider; we establish standards for mediators and mediator training, but do not train mediators ourselves. If there are no IMI Certified Mediator Training Programs in your area, you may wish to contact your nearest organisation with an IMI Qualifying Assessment Program to ask what local training programs they can recommend. You can find programs using the tool on our website at https://imimediation.org/find-program.
You suggest you prioritise training programs that meet the criteria IMI have established for training programs.
Please see https://www.imimediation.org/certify.
IMI Qualified Mediators have completed initial mediation training only; IMI Certified Mediators are highly-experienced professional mediators.
We recommend you join the Young Mediators’ Initiative Facebook group, and consider becoming a YMI member. YMI members are eligible to participate in the Worldwide Mediation Mentorship Program.
YMI can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org, and applications can be made online (see the ‘YMI’ menu).
If you have taken training via an IMI CMTP, you should approach that organisation to be submitted as IMI Qualified.
If you undertook the training before the CMTP was recognised by IMI, then under some circumstances you may be eligible to be submitted as IMI Qualified—see the organisation’s program page via www.imimediation.org/find-program/ to see whether it applies to the training you undertook.
General policy follows.
Retrospective recognition of IMI Qualified status by new IMI Certified Mediator Training Programs
A training program that has been newly approved as an IMI CMTP may have been delivered prior to the organisation’s application for recognition of that program. IMI will offer limited retrospective recognition of program graduates as IMI Qualified, under the following conditions:
* The CMTP must have been approved with no substantive changes. This does not mean the application was immediately approved, but rather that any alterations made to the application were administrative, clarifying, or did not otherwise form a substantive change to the training program. IMI may request information as to the last time the program was meaningfully changed or updated.
* Where approved by IMI, retrospective recognition can be granted for a period of up to one year preceding approval of the CMTP.
* Those eligible for retrospective recognition should contact their training program to be submitted to IMI as a new IMI Qualified Mediator.