Become IMI Certified

Depending on where you are in your career, you may take the following steps to become recognised by IMI:

  1. Untrained? Gain quality training via a Certified Mediator Training Program (CMTP), and thereby become IMI Qualified.
  2. Trained (including at non-CMTPs) but don’t have sufficient experience? Join IMI’s Young Mediators’ Initiative, which is associated with the Worldwide Mediation Mentorship Program. Young Mediator applications can be completed online, and are vetted by IMI volunteers.
  3. Trained and experienced? Approach an organisation with an IMI Qualifying Assessment Program to be assessed and thereby become IMI Certified. Read on below.

How to become IMI Certified

The certification process for most types of IMI Certification and Specialisation is similar.  IMI Certification is for experienced mediators who have completed at least 200 hours/20 mediations, have an independently-reviewed feedback digest, and have been assessed as having the required mediation skills and knowledge. For those seeking to learn about training and becoming IMI Qualified, please see here.

Things Needed

– Evidence of your experience
– Feedback from parties, to assist in creating your ‘Feedback Digest’
– A high level of mediation skills and knowledge


Step 1: Review Your Experience

Do you meet the minimum requirements for your preferred type of Certification?  If so, you may be eligible to apply.  See also the ‘Competency Criteria‘ page.

Step 2: Find an appropriate Qualifying Assessment Program

Find your nearest Qualifying Assessment Program to be assessed against IMI standards.  For those eligible to become IMI Certified Mediators, this is any QAP; for Mediation Advocates/Advisors, MA-QAPs; for Specialisation in Intercultural Competence, ICQAPs, and Specialisation in Online Mediation, ODR-QAPs.  Find your nearest program on our website.  Once you qualify, the organisation delivering your QAP will request that IMI set up a Certified profile for you on our website.

Note that QAPs may have additional requirements for you to fulfill in order to be recognised as IMI Certified Mediator. Once you have located a program, make sure you read through the approved QAP and what is required of you.

Step 3: Appoint a Reviewer

Appoint a reviewer to provide a ‘Feedback Digest’ for your Certified profile.  You can find information about appointing a reviewer, including sample emails, on our website.

Some organisations with QAPS have independent reviewers as part of their programs, and you may wish to ask about this when you contact the organisation.

The Feedback Digest is an essential part of all IMI Certified Mediator and IMI Certified Mediation Advocate profiles.

Step 4: Complete your Profile

Appoint a reviewer to provide a ‘Feedback Digest’ for your Certified profile.  Ensure you have completed your Certified profile on the IMI website, including active locations, areas of expertise, languages spoken, and a profile image. It is this profile that will be displayed in search results, should you choose to be included. The direct link to your profile will take the form You are responsible for completing your own profile, though the organisation that conducted your QAP may be able to provide assistance.

Step 5: Pay Listing Contribution

To include your Certified profile in the online IMI Mediator and Certification database, pay an annual listing contribution.  Waivers may be requested where there are extenuating circumstances.  Read more about IMI’s funding here, or pay your contribution here.



IMI does not earn income from the provision of any services and is exclusively reliant on grants and contributions.  For this reason, IMI Certified Professionals are asked to make an annual contribution towards the cost of maintaining and developing the IMI search engine and related infrastructure.  The amount that was agreed during an international consultation with mediators in 2008 was US$175/€125/£110. Learn more about our funding.


As nomenclature is largely jurisdiction-specific, your MA-QAP will identify which qualification will be accorded to successful candidates—IMI Certified Mediation Advocate or IMI Certified Mediation Advisor.