FMC has striven to become the leading body for the field of mediation on an international basis and members only are given the opportunity to seek national FMC mediator certification. FMC’s national certification program is focused on turning out qualified and trained mediators. In light of this, the Family Mediator Certification Program is unique in that there is a rigorous training process and a thorough assessment of the candidate’s mediation skills in keeping with the high standards that FMC lays out for its mediators in its Code of Professional Conduct and guidelines. Our certification program puts strong emphasis on skills assessments for each candidate.
Fillable Form: Certification Application Form
Fillable Form: Letter of Reference
Fillable Form: Confirmation of Practicum
Prior Learning and Recognition Process
FMC has introduced a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition application process for certification.
For more information please see the PLAR video below:
~Special thanks for Ken Markley for creating this video~
The following are some of the unique features of FMC’s Family Mediator Certification Program, which sets it apart from other forms of mediator recognition/courses:
A minimum of 80 hours of basic conflict resolution & mediation training and at least an additional 100 hours of further education & training in specific areas of family issues is mandatory. An approved mediation practicum is necessary or, in lieu of, two positive peer evaluations from experienced family mediators. The candidate must produce a videotaped role-play assessment along with a skills-assessment. A written final examination. Continuing education hours are required in order to maintaincertification status.
The practice guidelines and the process for certification are the result of Family Mediation Canada's (FMC’s) continuing consultation and collaboration with provincial, territorial and international mediation associations, researchers and practitioners to establish uniform standards for family mediators that will apply across Canada. As a leader in the field of family mediation, FMC continually makes changes to this document to reflect the growth in the field of family mediation. This document reflects the energy and development of family mediation in Canada and it is written to manifest the culture and values of Family Mediation Canada. Modifications to this document, do not apply retroactively unless specifically stated otherwise. They take effect from the date they are passed by the Board of Directors. Applications for certification are governed by the provisions in force on the date FMC receives the application for certification.
Our certification program puts a strong emphasis on skills assessments for each candidate. The FMC Certification implementation process is as outlined below:
- Prior to undertaking the Certification process, the candidate must be a member of FMC.
- The National Certification Program Brochure outlines what is required to become Certified.
- The Certification Application Form, Letter of Reference Form and Confirmation of Practicum are to be filled out and sent to the FMC office by mail including a $150 application processing fee which is non-refundable as well as a $500 assessment fee; which is placed on hold until the candidate has been accepted into the program. If the candidate does not meet the requirements a member of the certification committee will inform the candidate what further training is required.
- The certification application is forwarded to the FMC Certification Committee for processing. The certification application will then be reviewed within 10 business days and notification of acceptance will be sent to the candidate.
- Once the application is approved the $500 assessment fee is then processed. This $500 fee covers the designation including completion of a role play video, personal skills assessment of the video, final written exam and FMC Board of Directors ratification of the candidate. Once all application requirements have been met an acceptance email is sent to the applicant advising them that they are ready to start the process and the candidate will be set up with an FMC Assessor for the role play video, personal skills assessment of the video and final written exam.
- When the FMC Certification Candidate successfully completes all requirements they will receive an letter of congratulations, certification certificate, be listed on our website as a FMC Certified Mediator and can use the designation of FMC Certified.
A candidate may complete the certification process in a few months if all submissions are complete and made in a timely manner.
The Certification Study guide is the subject matter that is covered in the substantive knowledge exam for those applying to become FMC Comprehensive Mediators:
Candidates who are applying to become FMC Family Relations Mediators should study the areas outlined in the Family Mediation Canada Practice, Certification and Training Standards.
The course listing is a list of Family Mediation courses and may not be exhaustive nor, due to the ever changing content and presenters, FMC cannot endorse any particular course: FMC does not endorse training programs or educational courses. It is the responsibility of the individual to assess the quality of the courses; the credentials of the professors, instructors, teachers, and/or trainers, and to choose courses that correspond with the field of family mediation. FMC does not offer training courses directly. Any training in conflict resolution, social services, or other similar disciplines is a good start. You may have training that another mediator does not; all programs vary in what they offer. Backgrounds in law, mental health, and social services can provide the interested party with many similar skills that are transferable to mediation. Alternative dispute resolution programs and courses are always beneficial, and can give you the much needed foundation. A mentor who is willing to work with you in an internship type situation can give you the “hands on” experience you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process to become a FMC Certified Family Mediator?
- Candidates wishing to pursue the FMC Certified Family Mediator designation must first become a member of FMC. Following that, members must complete the Certification Application Form.
What is the process for obtaining certification?
- Acceptance of application and prerequisites.
- Completion and submission of a roleplay video.
- Personal skills assessment of the video.
- Final written examination.
- FMC Board of Directors ratification of the candidate.
How long does it take to become FMC certified?
- A candidate can complete the certification process in a few months, if all submissions are complete and made in a timely manner, or up to one year.
How does the FMC Certification Program differ from accreditation offered by the provincial family mediation organizations?
- FMC’s certification process is known throughout Canada, and is transportable from one legal jurisdiction to another. Provincial governments and judges are keen to ensure that court-connected mediators offer safe, professional mediation services in compliance with national professional practice and training standards. FMC family mediationcertification is increasingly being required of family mediators who wish to work in close proximity with courts.
Is it necessary to take Certification Preparation Workshops?
- Certification preparation workshops are recommended, particularly for those not used to assessment processes and skills demonstrations. The workshops are offered by trainers who are FMC Certified Mediators and approvedby FMC to present the workshop. For a list of approved trainers for these workshops contact FMC.
How does FMC verify the hours of training?
- The Certifying Assessor reviews the candidate’s list of trainers and courses in detail and the completed statutory declaration verifying the accuracy of the contents of the application.
Must I carry special liability insurance if I am a Certified Mediator?
- Yes. Your declaration of this is a condition of your annual maintenance. Insurance should be in the amount of no less than $1 million aggregate. FMC provides access to the insurer.
- Professional development
- Stay ahead of government standards/requirements
- Quality mark for consumers
- Competitive edge as consumer awareness increases
- Credential supporting higher fee structure and marketing of professional practice
- Personal satisfaction in achievement