National Mediation Course

Who should take the Mediation Training Program?

Whether you are interested in a career as a professional Mediator or acquiring dispute resolution skills to assist or advance your existing career, the National Mediation Training course is ideal to help you achieve your goals.

This two part course is strategically designed for Learners to integrate Part 1 into your work & personal life.  It allows you time to practice, reflect and ask questions as you come back to complete Part 2. In other words, real learning in the real world! 

Why should you take the Mediation Training Program?


For those who already have 40 hours of ADR training from a recognized program or institution, successful completion of the National Mediation course enables you to apply for the Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designation with the ADR Institute of Canada.

Having your Qualified Mediator designation is a national designation you can be proud to display on your Curriculum Vitae. It shows that you have put the time and energy to develop your communication and conflict management skills that will serve you and others well.

These are the required steps toward gaining this designation:

  • Successful completion of the ADR Institute of Canada’s (ADRIC) National Introductory Mediation Course which includes a written exam and a full mediation evaluated assessment. This course constitutes 40 hours of the education; plus
  • An additional 40 hours of specialized mediation training as described on ADRIC’s website hereplus
  • An additional supervised and assessed full mediation or two actual mediations (paid or unpaid).

ADRBC is the only training institution in British Columbia who supports its members who aspire to obtain this designation by providing the opportunity to complete fee paid mediations in order to gain experience and develop confidence.

Members with Q.Med designations who wish to obtain their National Chartered (C.Med) designation are required to conduct 15 fee paid mediations.


This robust course provides 42 hours of ADR Training, as well as 42 CPD credits at The Law Society of BC. It is strongly recommended that participants have foundational ADR skills training prior to registering for our National Mediation Course.

What does this course entail?

Designed to comply with the ADR Institute of Canada’s education & experience requirement for those interested in applying for their Qualified Mediator Designation, this robust course provides 40 hours of Basic Mediation Training comprising of:

  • Interest-based Mediation Process and Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Communication Skills


  • Written exam
  • Self & Peer assessments
  • 1 Supervised & Evaluated role play

Coffee/Tea, and water provided. Lunch is not included.

  Mediation courses are delivered at CoWorks by Elevate, located at Suite A113 – 2099 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 1A8

Part 1

Times:  8:30am - 5:30pm  

CPD Credits: The Law Society of BC (21 Hours)

Learners increase their self-awareness of conflict while being introduced to the Understanding-Based Approach mediation process.

Highly interactive, Learners practice 6 phases of the Understanding-Based Approach while they are being coached by experienced Mediators.

Here are just a few examples of what Part 1 covers:

  • Conflict Styles & Cycles
  • Collaborative Basics (Positions/Issues/Interests)
  • Listening and Assertion Skills
  • Power Rights & Interests
  • Assumptions
  • Neutral Language
  • 6 Phase Interest Based Mediation Model

Practice Groups: Learners will be assigned a practice group and it is expected your group meet 3- 4 times between parts 1 & 2. Practice sessions can be either in-person or through ADRBC’s video conferencing link.


Part 2

Times:  8:30am - 5:30pm  

CPD Credits: The Law Society of BC (21 Hours)

Learners complete the final phase of the Understanding-Based Approach as they draft the Memorandum of Understanding and explore ways to design rituals of completion and closure. We review the Problem-Solving Planner and cost/benefit tools of litigation. 

Learners will then be evaluated as they complete phases 1-5 of the Understanding-Based Approach in a role play.

  • Cultural Differences
  • Brain Science & Dispute Resolution
  • Reflective Practices
  • Mindfulness in Mediation
  • Evaluated Role play on the last day