Qualifying Assessment Programs – Accreditation & IMI Certification

Internationally and Nationally trained Mediators are empanelled as IIAM Mediators. As per the IIAM Mediator Accreditation System, Mediators are graded as Grade C to Grade A. IIAM Accreditation is given as per the grades and upgradation based on the IIAM Qualifying Assessment Programs (QAP).

As per the IIAM QAP, a Grade C mediator, after completing 15 hours of mediation is eligible to be accredited as a Certified Community Mediator. Similarly, a Grade B mediator after completing 25 hours of mediation is eligible to be accredited as a Certified Commercial Mediator and after 75 hours as a Certified Senior Commercial Mediator and after 200 hours as an IMI Certified Mediator (Grade A). All certified mediators will have their Feedback Digest uploaded along with their profile in the IIAM website.

The IIAM Accreditation and Qualifying Assessment Programs will be accessible on equal basis to all mediators regardless of their professional affiliations, gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation or other personal characterization. The Mediator accreditation will be purely based on evaluation under the respective QAP’s. Training or Orientation programs on mediation received by candidates, on equal rating with IIAM programs as accepted by IIAM, will entitle the mediator to apply under IIAM QAP’s.

IMI, formed for the purpose of certifying international standards for mediators and for implementing the Global Mediator Competency Certification, had launched its global mediator competency certification scheme in January 2009. This is an online scheme for enabling businesses and their advisers to find the world's most competent mediators by using an advanced search engine on the IMI web portal – www.imimediation.org

IIAM is the only institution in India approved by the International Mediation Institute (IMI) at the Hague, Netherlands, as a “Qualifying Assessment Programme” (QAP) for IMI Certification for international mediators. This is based on programs whose mediator training and assessment assertedly provides assurance of mediation experience and expertise worthy of IMI certification.

Accredited Mediators of IIAM will be eligible for empanelment with IMI. IMI Certification entitles Mediators to upload their Profile onto the IMI web portal and therefore to be recognized and included among the world's most competent mediators and be searchable by a vast number of users worldwide. This will give Mediators endorsed by IIAM a much greater opportunity to be appointed as mediator in international disputes.

To support young mediators and mediation advocates with finding opportunities to gain experience in the field of mediation, IMI has established the Young Mediators' Initiative (YMI). It is intended as a platform where young mediators and mediation advocates can contact each other, share knowledge, get in touch with organizations and network with competent mediators and mediation advocates to gain experience through shadowing, assistantships, internships, co-mediations and mentoring programs.

Accredited IIAM Mediators will be bound by the IIAM Mediators’ Code of Professional Conduct and IIAM Mediators’ Conduct Assessment Process.