Applying to the Rosters

Mediate BC manages lists of qualified civil, family mediators and med-arbitrators. Mediate BC sets training and experience standards for admission to these Rosters, as well as ongoing education requirements for maintaining roster status, Standards of Conduct, and a Complaint Process. Associates of these Rosters have met the training requirements set by Mediate BC and are currently building their experience.

For detailed information about admission to a Roster, please click the appropriate item below:

Associate Civil Roster mediators are trained mediators who are in the process of gaining mediation experience and are available to co-mediate with Civil Roster mediators.

Criteria for Admission

To be admitted to the Associate Civil Roster, mediators must have:

  • at least 40 hours of core education in conflict resolution and mediation theory and skills training, including 10 hours of simulated or role play mediation
  • at least 7 hours training on ethical issues relating to the mediation process;
  • at least 100 additional hours of training in dispute resolution or in a related field;
  • two professional references; and
  • insurance coverage.

Application Form

Pay the application fee by using the PayPal button at the bottom of this page. Be sure to select the correct Roster from the drop-down list.

Mediators on the Civil Roster mediate a broad range of civil/non-family disputes, including corporate/commercial, construction, employment, environment, housing, human rights, land use, negligence, personal injury, police complaints, small business and wills and estates, amongst others.

Please note: Mediate BC’s Civil Roster is not an approved roster under the Family Law Act and Regulation. Please see our Family Roster Admission page for more information or the Ministry of Justice webpage – Family Law Legislation - for specific requirements.

Criteria for Admission

To be admitted to the Civil Roster, mediators must have:

  • at least 40 hours of core education in mediation theory and skills training, including 10 hours of simulated or role play mediation;
  • at least 40 hours of conflict resolution training, including 7 hours on ethical issues relating to the mediation process;
  • at least 100 additional hours of training in dispute resolution or in a related field;
  • at least 14 hours of BC civil procedures training;
  • completed at least 10 civil mediations as the sole mediator, a co-mediator, or a mentored mediator in an accepted practicum;
  • 2 letters of reference (1 may be from someone who has close contact with the participants and knowledge of the impact of the mediation); and
  • insurance coverage.

Detailed information about the qualifications to join the Civil Roster can be found in Summary of Qualifications for Admission: Civil Roster.

Application Form

Letter of Reference Form

Pay the application fee by using the PayPal button at the bottom of this page. Be sure to select the correct Roster from the drop-down list.

Associate Family Mediators are trained mediators in the process of gaining mediation experience.

Criteria for Admission

To be admitted to the Associate Family Roster, mediators must have:

  • at least 40 hours of core education specifically in mediation theory and skills training, including 10 hours of simulated or role play mediation;
  • at least 7 hours training on ethical issues relating to the mediation process;
  • at least 14 hours of family violence training;
  • at least 21 hours focusing on issues related to family dynamics in separation and divorce;
  • at least 40 hours of training in family law and procedures (including 7 hours minimum on drafting memoranda of understanding and 7 hours minimum on financial issues relating to separation, divorce and family reorganization);
  • at least 2 years experience in family-related practice (including in law, psychology, social work, clinical counselling, teaching or nursing), unless otherwise qualified as a mediator under the FLA Regulations;
  • two professional references; and
  • insurance coverage.

Associate Family Mediators are available to co-mediate family matters with family mediators who qualify under the Family Law Act Regulations Section 4(2). Associate Family Mediators who qualify under the Family Law Act Regulations Section 4(2) by being Law Society of BC accredited Family Law Mediators or are certified family mediators with Family Mediation Canada are available to mediate solo.

Application Form

Pay the application fee by using the PayPal button at the bottom of this page. Be sure to select the correct Roster from the drop-down list.

Mediators on the Family Roster mediate a variety of family-related matters, including reorganization of the family after separation or divorce, parenting, financial support and property matters connected to separation or divorce, child protection, family business, family property or finances, family inheritance and estates, responsibility for care of elderly parents, adoption, pre-nuptial issues, and intra-family conflicts.

Please note: Mediate BC Family Roster mediators meet the requirements under the Family Law Act and Regulations to conduct mediations in relation to a family law dispute. Mediate BC’s Civil Roster is not an approved roster under the Family Law Act and Regulation.

Criteria for Admission

To be admitted to the Family Roster, mediators must have:

  • at least 40 hours of core education in mediation theory and skills training, including 10 hours of simulated or role play mediation;
  • at least 40 hours of conflict resolution training, including 7 hours on ethical issues relating to the mediation process;
  • at least 21 hours focusing on issues related to family dynamics in separation and divorce (may be part of general CR hours if course info can clearly identify);
  • at least 14 hours of family violence training;
  • at least 40 hours of training in family law and procedures (including 7 hours minimum on drafting memoranda of understanding and 7 hours minimum on financial issues relating to separation, divorce and family reorganization);
  • at least 14 hours of BC civil procedures training;
  • at least 2 years experience in family-related practice (including in law, psychology, social work, clinical counselling, teaching or nursing), unless otherwise qualified as a mediator under the FLA Regulations;
  • at least of 40 hours of mediation work in at least of 10 family mediations over the past 5 years, as sole mediator, co-mediator, or mediator in an accepted practicum or mentoring program;
  • 2 letters of reference (1 may be from someone who has close contact with the participants and knowledge of the impact of the mediation); and
  • insurance coverage.

Detailed information about the qualifications to join the Family Roster can be found in Summary of Qualifications for Admission: Family Roster (.pdf).

Application Form

Letter of Reference Form

Pay the application fee by using the PayPal button at the bottom of this page. Be sure to select the correct Roster from the drop-down list.

Med-arbitrators on the Med-Arb Roster conduct med-arbs in various disputes. Those who handle family law issues must specify how they are qualified under the Family Law Act Regulation.

Criteria for Admission

To be admitted to the Med-Arb Roster, med-arbitrators must have:

  • at least 7 hours of med-arb training;
  • completed a minimum of 2 med-arbs over the past 5 years as the sole med-arbitrator or a co-med-arbitrator;
  • a letter of reference;
  • insurance coverage; and
  • agreed to abide by the standards set out in the Med-Arb: Standards of Conduct.

In addition, depending on the area of practice, med-arbitrators must be:

  • Mediators in good standing on Mediate BC's Civil Roster, AND:
    • Chartered Arbitrators (C.Arb), OR
    • arbitration panellists in good standing of British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC), OR
    • experienced in conducting hearings and writing decisions.
  • AND/OR
    • Mediators in good standing on Mediate BC's Family Roster AND:
    • Law Society of BC accredited Family Law Arbitrators, OR
    • qualified to conduct family arbitrations under the Family Law Act Regulation Section 5(2b).

Application Form

Pay the application fee by using the PayPal button at the bottom of this page. Be sure to select the correct Roster from the drop-down list. 

Mediators on British Columbia’s Child Protection Mediation Program (CPMP) Roster mediate disputes relating to a child or plan of care for a child pursuant to section 22 of the Child, Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA).

While the CPMP Roster is affiliated with Mediate BC, by way of posting the directory on its website, the Society is not responsible for admission to the Roster. The Child Protection Mediation Program, Ministry of Justice (formerly the Ministry of Attorney General), in collaboration with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, manages this Roster and sets the qualification standards which mediators must meet to offer these mediation services on a contract basis.

Assignment to this Roster entails successful participation in a selection process and other requirements. Detailed information about CPMP mediator qualifications and the selection process is available here.

Additional information regarding education and training requirements is available here.

Application Process

  1. Fill out and submit your application Form
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee (be sure to select the correct Roster!
    Note: the Med-Arb Application fee is waived for applications received before November 2017.
Roster Application

  1. Applications are then assessed by the Roster Committee, a group of leaders in the field.
  2. The Roster Committee meets several times a year, and has the following application due dates for 2019:
    • June 7th, 2019
    • September 6th, 2019

For information about the appeal policies and process, visit Mediate BC's Appeal Policies and Process.

Applicants should be aware that Mediate BC has Standards of Conduct and a Complaint Process to address breaches of these Standards.

To maintain Roster status, mediators must:

  1. Complete 12 hours of Continuing Professional Development (7 hours of which must be formal/structured learning)
  2. Confirm minimum of $2,000,000 in current professional liability insurance coverage
  3. Complete the renewal form and payment
Over 70% of my family mediation clients find me through Mediate BC’s Family Roster. Lisa C. Alexander

Benefits of Joining a Mediate BC Roster

Credentials & Professional Recognition

Since Mediate BC has a reputation for upholding high standards in its admissions and yearly renewal processes, Roster mediators can prove their professional merit by featuring their Mediate BC credentials.  

Exposure

  • Roster mediators are provided a profile page in Mediate BC’s recognized online directories. These profiles are often at the top of Google search rankings in BC.

  • Mediate BC’s ongoing work to promote mediation and the rosters to the public generate province-wide exposure.

  • At any point, Roster mediators can request free copies of Mediate BC brochures (per renewal year – upon request).

Eligibility for Specialized Work

  • Notice to Mediate — British Columbians who are involved in certain types of legal disputes can require all other parties to participate in mediation through the Notice to Mediate process. The regulations stipulate that Mediate BC handles all these applications and the roster directory is used to appoint mediators.

  • Small Claims Rule 7.3 — Mediation for Claims Between $10,000 and $35,000 are appointed through the Mediate BC roster directory. When parties are unable to agree on the selection of a mediator under Rule 7.3, Mediate BC appoints a mediator using the process contained in the Rule. (Available to Civil Roster mediators only)

  • Personal injury claims involving the ICBC. In 2002, ICBC announced that mediators wishing to mediate ICBC claims would be required to be listed on Mediate BC’s Civil Roster

Group Rate Insurance

A group rate professional liability insurance program, providing conflict resolution professionals errors and omissions insurance and commercial general liability insurance, has been established for Mediate BC's Roster mediators (including Associates) with McLean Hallmark. 

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Professional Development & Practice Support

  • Live and pre-recorded professional development webinars on a variety of topics including best practices, current issues, ethics, etc.

  • Discounts for conferences and workshops hosted by various partner organizations.

  • Support when questions come up regarding the Standards of Conduct.

  • Materials held in Mediate BC's Conflict Resolution Library may be borrowed by Roster mediators at no charge (save shipping & handling).

  • Notification of job and professional development opportunities relating to the field of conflict resolution.