Organisations are invited to submit their training and assessment programs for IMI appraisal and endorsement. Programs recognised by IMI include:

  • Qualifying Assessment Programs (QAPs), which assess highly-experienced mediators for the purposes of IMI Mediator Certification—the international gold standard for mediator certification
  • Mediation Advocacy QAPs (MAQAPs), which assess experienced mediation advocates for the purposes of IMI Mediation Advocacy Certification
  • QAPs assessing IMI Specialisation, which can be undertaken at any point after initial training:
    • Intercultural Competency QAPs (ICQAPs), for the purposes of IMI Intercultural Specialisation
    • Online Dispute Resolution QAPs (ODRQAPs), for the purposes of IMI Online Mediation Specialisation
  • Certified Mediator Training Programs (CMTPs), which deliver high-quality mediator training that meets the international standards established by the International Mediation Institute

All programs submitted to IMI are assessed against our independent international criteria by members of the Appraisal Committee. You will find lists of criteria in the website menu under ‘Organisations’.

For further information about IMI certification, see here. All currently-recognised programs may be found here.

Why have our program(s) recognised by IMI?

We are getting a number of leads from countries where we never got leads from before. This must be due to our entry on the IMI website.

Feedback received from the leader of an IMI CMTP, October 2020

Successful appraisal of your organisation’s programs means they meet the independent international standards for mediator training and assessment established through the recommendations of IMI’s independent international taskforces and worldwide stakeholder consultation.  This is a guarantee of quality that can be leveraged by your organisation in marketing; it also helps to ensure that your organisation continues to develop and attain the high standards associated with business success. 

IMI encourages organisations with CMTPs to partner with organisations offering IMI Qualifying Assessment Programs (QAPs), to deliver training that meets QAP requirements for mediator certification.

Having one or more IMI-recognised programs raises the profile of your organisation, and of mediation in your area.  Programs are searchable on the IMI website, so that people looking for training or assessment in a given location are able to locate you to sign up for your programs.  IMI receives many enquiries from people seeking training and assessment, and we only endorse those programs that have been vetted against IMI’s international standards.

How can we submit our program(s)?

All programs are assessed separately, by the applicable subcommittee of the Appraisal Committee.

  1. Complete and submit the CMTP Application Form.  This form requires you to document how your organisation meets each of the Training Program Requirements.  Ensure you complete the form fully, and attach documents only where requested.
  2. Your application will be checked for completeness by IMI support.  A ‘complete’ application form has all form fields completed, and all criteria addressed.  Simply attaching a training program and not addressing the criteria will not be considered complete.  If the application remains incomplete, it will be returned.  If it appears complete, then you will be advised, and are eligible to move to the next stage of the approval process.
  3. At this point, IMI Support will set up a basic website profile for your organisation, so that you are able to login and pay the processing fee for your organisation’s application via  Simultaneously, IMI support will be calling upon members of its CMTP Appraisal Team, formed of Training and Competency Task Force members, to vet the application.  Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received, and each will be reviewed by 2-3 appraisers.
  4. Should all appraisers approve your application, your organisation will be listed as an CMTP on the IMI website, and further instructions sent to you (see below).  Your application may also be returned with revisions, then resubmitted (this is not associated with an additional cost, though will cause delays to your application).

How long does it take?

For CMTPs, complete applications that do not require any revisions typically take 6-8 weeks to process.  QAPs for IMI Certification are usually assessed within 3 months. Time periods vary for MAQAPs, ICQAPs, and ODRQAPs.

To expedite recognition of your program, we encourage you to ensure that your application is as complete as possible, with all questions addressed directly.

What does it cost?

Note that all parties involved in appraising your application do so on a voluntary basis.  Your organisation’s application processing fee is used towards IMI’s associated internal costs, and supports the development of mediation standards worldwide.  Learn more about IMI’s funding here.

Countries have been divided into ‘full fee paying’ or ‘discounted’ according to whether their GDP per capita is higher than or lower than the world average GDP per capita (IMF 2017).

Application processing fees

  • Processing fee (see list below): a once-off application fee of 450 EUR
  • Discounted processing fee (all other countries): a once-off application fee of 150 EUR
  • Organisations that do not collect any fees in association with their training programs, including registration fees: 25 EUR

All fees are payable via the Support IMI page.  Links are also included at the bottom of this page.

Countries paying full fees, by region

  • Africa: Seychelles
  • Asia: Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Maldives, Palau, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan
  • Europe: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK
  • North America: Canada, the USA (including Puerto Rico)
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
  • Middle East: Bahrain, Israel, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE
  • South and Central America: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Chile, Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea, Palau, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay

Auditing fees

All programs are subject to an audit every two years.  A processing fee of 150 EUR is associated with conducting this audit (organisations that do not collect any fees in association with their programs are exempt from this cost).  Programs that do not successfully complete the audit will no longer be recognised by IMI. Learn more about auditing here.

What happens once our program is listed?

Once your program is approved, you will be notified by IMI, and your organisation will receive an automatic email from the IMI website welcoming you.  You will then be able to set your organisation’s password and add some profile information.  IMI will add your qualifying Certified Mediator Training Program or Qualifying Assessment Program to the ‘Find a Program‘ page. This will enable people looking for training or assessment in your city, state, or country, to find you and sign up for your programs.

What if we have an existing IMI profile?

If your organisation has an existing Qualifying Assessment Program or Certified Mediator Training Program, your existing login will be upgraded to give the full capabilities of both a QAP and an CMTP.

Processing Fees

Historical Background

The process of becoming IMI Certified moved from the Expertise Qualification Path (EQP) in IMI’s early days to Certification by Assessment. This development reflected extensive consultations with many stakeholders in the field worldwide.  This consultation continues and embraces all Qualifying Institutions for IMI Certification (that is, organisations with QAPs and CMTPS).

IMI Certification is now available only to experienced mediators and mediation advocates/advisors who are qualified through an Assessment Program approved by the Appraisal Committee.

IMI does not offer any mediation services or training programs to the market—its role is to establish standards, benchmarks and criteria for IMI Certification.  The task of qualifying experienced mediators and mediation advocates/advisors for IMI Certification is performed by providers, trainers, educational bodies and professional organisations implementing an approved program.

You might find it helpful to use the Annotated Bibliography on Assessing Mediators while preparing your application for mediator certification.

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