Register a Qualifying Assessment Program

This page outlines the processes associated with registering an IMI Qualifying Assessment Program. [Last updated: 28 September 2019]

IMI Qualifying Assessment Programs assess and produce IMI Certified Mediators (QAP) and IMI Certified Mediation Advocates (MA-QAPs).  The process to register a new QAP is as follows:

  1. Check that your assessment program meets the criteria for certification of Mediators or Mediation Advocates. (Criteria for Specialisations such as Intercultural Competency are linked in the main manu.)
  2. Apply using the relevant online application form.
  3. Your application is internally vetted by IMI staff.  If it is complete, a panel of at least two members of the associated Appraisal Committee is assembled. 
  4. At this point, the QAP application processing fee should be paid via
  5. The Appraisal Committee Panel reviews your application, assessing whether it meets the criteria.  If the Panel agrees that the application does meet the criteria, it is passed to the Appraisal Committee Chair.
  6. The Chair reviews the Panel’s recommendations, and agrees or disagrees with the recommendation.  If they agree, then:
  7. The Appraisal Committee in its entirety evaluate and approve the application at their next quarterly meeting.

Applications fail where the QAP criteria are not met, so it is essential that applications are complete.  This will ensure that the process described above is completed as efficiently as possible.

What does it cost?

Note that all parties involved in appraising your QAP 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

All fees are payable via the Support IMI page.  Direct links are included further down this page.

Auditing fees

All QAPs 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 training programs are exempt from this cost).  QAPs that do not successfully complete the audit will no longer be considered IMI QAPs.

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

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 (for IMI Certified Mediator, IMI Certified Mediator (with Inter-Cultural Competency) and IMI Certified Mediation Advocate/Advisor Certifications).

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 organizations implementing an approved program.

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