1. Benefits of Membership

Benefits of Membership

Helping YOU Become a Better Mediator

FMC is the leading body providing professional training and certifications for practitioners of family mediation in Canada. The certification assessments are anchored in the high standards of the FMC Code of Professional Conduct and guidelines as well as FMC’s ongoing engagement in the international mediation community.  The methodology of conducting and documenting assessments strongly emphasizes the candidate’s skills.

Membership in FMC:  Any mediator or interested party can join FMC as a General Member at any time and then work towards certification (or not).  Mediators seeking certification in an FMC program are required to hold General Membership with Family Mediation Canada ($140/year)


Family Relations Mediator (FRM)
Comprehensive Family Mediator (CFM) Standard or Advanced
Elder Mediator (Cert. EM) Standard or Advanced
Child Protection Mediator (CPM) Standard

The Benefits of Membership


  • A national voice for the field of family mediation
  • Public policy development
  • Ongoing research on issues impacting family mediation
  • Dialogue and collaboration with Federal and Provincial Governments on mediation-related issues
  • Dialogue and collaboration with other like-minded organizations and agencies
  • Participation on committees

Professional Development

  • Annual Conference options
  • Professional Development workshops
  • Webinars and online training opportunities
  • Networking opportunities
  • Practice support
  • Access to our newsletter, Resolution, articles, commentary and other resources
  • Access to the world of mediation from the local to the international level

Marketing Support

  • Public education
  • Public awareness
  • Member referral
  • Membership directory
  • Links to members’ websites or email addresses
  • Certification at both national and international levels

About FMC Membership:

FMC and your provincial/territorial association are a part of a network of interdisciplinary professionals made up of private and court connected mediators, lawyers, social workers, judges, human services, health care professionals, clergy, and students. We work together to create a better way to provide for cooperative conflict resolution.



  • are given the opportunity to seek national FMC Mediator Certification, Elder Mediation Certification and Child Protection Mediator Certification
  • will be listed on our website member listings, for consumer referrals
  • are referred to consumers upon their request for mediators in their area
  • can take advantage of our group rates on Professional Liability Insurance
  • benefit from a national voice for the field of mediation
  • receive a reduction on FMC conference and webinar rates
  • can link their website to FMC’s website

Review our different FMC Certification Types

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BC Government Employee Members

British Columbia’s Family Justice Services Division (FJSD) is part of the Ministry of Attorney General and has a long-standing relationship with Family Mediation Canada. In 1997, FJSD partnered with Family Mediation Canada to develop the certification process for family mediators which is now a requirement for all family justice counsellors providing family dispute resolution services . Once family justice counsellors have completed a six-month training program through the Justice Institute of British Columbia (which includes courses and a practicum), they must pass the Family Mediation Canada written exam and skills assessment required to be appointed as a family justice counsellor. The Province maintains certification for over 80 family justice counsellors which requires 21 hours of professional development annually.

The Family Mediation Canada affiliation and accreditation is highly valued and greatly supports public confidence in the province’s family mediators.