IMI set up a Task Force in April 2010 to develop criteria for inter-cultural mediator training and IMI Certification. The Task Force’s goals were to develop criteria that are succinct, flexible, and feasible to implement by trainers and QAPs (Qualifying Assessment Programs).

These Criteria are the result of the Task Force’s work, which was part-funded by the General Electric Foundation. It involved, during 2011, online public consultation and pilot programs in Paris, Brisbane and Singapore, with participants from across the globe who provided active and direct input into this initiative, for which IMI is very grateful. (View pilot program members below.)

Training, professional and provider organizations wishing to offer IMI Inter-Cultural Certification are invited to submit their applications to become Inter-Cultural Qualifying Assessment Programs (ICQAPs) to the Chair of the IMI Independent Standards Commission (ISC) [1]. Once approved, ICQAPs will be displayed at: This link will enable mediators seeking this certification to easily find approved ICQAPs offering training programs.

These Criteria will be regularly reviewed and may be modified in the future. All comments and suggestions are welcome. Please send all comments and suggestions via contact IMI

View the criteria here. Meet the task force and pilot program members below.

Task force members

Co-Chairs: Hal Abramson and Joanna Kalowski

Pilot program

The development of the IMI Inter-Cultural Competency Criteria spanned more than a year and involved a public consultation and testing of the criteria at pilot programs held in Paris, Brisbane and Singapore during 2011. We would like to acknowledge those who participated in the online global consultation and in the pilot programs. Experienced mediators and trainers from across the globe have had an active and direct input into this important initiative. IMI is grateful to all those mediators, educators and other professionals who contributed to the refinement of the criteria.