IMI Certification is available to any experienced mediator who gains a certificate from a Qualifying Assessment Program (QAP) as a result of a performance-based assessment approved by the IMI Appraisal Committee.  QAP applications may be completed online.

(For criteria and guidance in relation to mediation advocate/advisor QAPs, for certifying IMI Mediation Advocates, please see here)

Introduction

IMI Certification is available to any experienced mediator who gains a certificate from a Qualifying Assessment Program (hereinafter: “QAP”) as a result of a performance-based assessment. IMI, via its Appraisal Committee, certifies “Qualifying Assessment Programs”
(QAPs) as having the capability to assess individuals against IMI’s standards. To hold QAP status, an organisation’s program must meet the established Criteria for QAPs, as laid out in Section II of this document.

A mediator becomes ‘IMI Certified’ only when their profile is completed (filled out), has a current Feedback Digest, and the payment of the annual contribution is received by IMI (or waiver
is otherwise approved)

Following the above steps, IMI includes the profile in the IMI ‘Find a Mediator’ database, and it becomes publicly searchable. From that moment and for as long as they retain their Certification, mediators may be searchable on the IMI website and may use the IMI Certified Mediator logo.

Organisations with QAP status may use the IMI Qualifying Assessment Program logo when marketing their assessment program.

Note that organisations’ specific programs are recognised, and that IMI’s recognition of those programs does not constitute endorsement of that organisation’s other activities.

The below standards have been adapted and simplified from the criteria for QAPs, for use as guidelines by users who are attempting to establish whether their experience may meet the requirements for IMI Certification. The criteria for QAPs are authoritative.

1. Mediator Experience

Applicants must have a substantial level of experience as a mediator—typically, 200 hours or 20 mediations suffice.

2. Mediation Knowledge

Applicants must have a strong understanding of general mediation theory and practice. These may be assessed using methods such as written tests, essays, reports, theses, or interviews.

3. Mediator Skills