Professional Development Program:

Mediation for Professionals certificate

Mediation for Professionals Certificate

This program is accredited by the ADR Institute of Ontario, ADR Institute of Canada and meets the basic mediation education training component required to achieve the ADR national and provincial Qualified Mediator designation. 

Entrance Requirements: Post-Secondary degree or diploma OR relevant experience

The Mediation for Professionals certificate will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to negotiate, mediate, manage and resolve issues and support decision making in a wide range of professional settings. This course is designed for those wishing to become mediators, who are involved in or organise mediation processes, or who seek a greater understanding of the skills involved in mediation.

The aim of this program is to provide an understanding of the general principles of mediation and a comparison of the main alternative dispute resolution processes - arbitration, mediation and adjudication. The course will give candidates a basic understanding of the principles of good practice and procedure in mediation.

This 12 week certificate is delivered fully online so that you can complete assignments when it's most convenient for you, all while receiving support from a dedicated instructor and interacting with classmates.  As part of the course students will participate in 10 hours of mandatory role play sessions via conference call with the instructor and fellow classmates, in order to meet training requirements outlined by the ADRIO and ADRIC. The Instructor also offers optional weekly live sessions via conference call to participate in discussions.

The mandatory role play sessions via conference call take place on Wednesdays from 6:30 -8:30 PM EST*

Who Can Take the Course?

Individuals interested in the course must have post-secondary education (degree/diploma) or relevant experience. The course is intended for candidates who are new to the field of mediation, those who wish to learn more about mediation and its benefits to users,  and those who are considering further study to become a mediator and wish to become an member of the ADR Institute of Canada, ADR Institute of Ontario or other provincial ADR associations. 

In this certificate program you will learn about:

  • Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution Assessment
  • Managing Family Dynamics
  • Family Law for Non-Lawyer Mediators
  • Workplace Dispute Resolution
  • Introduction to Family Mediation

Fill out the form on this page to request more information or register for the Mediation for Professionals Certificate 

Mediation for Professionals Certificate Courses

Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution - 2 weeks 

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which spans facilitation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, adjudication, and litigation. Participants in this course will explore the history and goals of mediation, and the elements of the mediation process. This course examines the role of a mediator and delivers an overview of the skills necessary to successfully mediate.

Dispute Resolution Assessment - 2 weeks

There are a number of options for resolving conflict that clients can choose from. This course describes many avenues for dispute resolution and discusses the importance of understanding the range of options available for both non-adversarial and adversarial dispute resolutions. This information is crucial for assisting clients navigate the most appropriate method[s] for their particular situation.

Managing Family Dynamics - 2 weeks

Family mediation is challenging work requiring a commitment to the development of professional skills and practice, an ability to reflect upon and enter into critical analysis of performance and an ability to produce professional documents to tight timescales. Family mediation requires personable, articulate and assertive individuals who have good listening skills and practical experience of working with individuals and couples. The impact of a separation and divorce on all people involved, including children, can be difficult. Students will learn about the impact on families and how they must be carefully approached. Students will learn about the structure, function, and roles within a family system as it relates to the family mediation setting.

Family Law for Non-Lawyer Mediators - 2 weeks

Family Mediation is practiced by Lawyers and Non-Lawyers. It is fundamental that all Mediators understand the legal options and issues that arise during a family separation. While Mediators do not provide legal advice; it is important to be aware of the implications of Support and Property, Custody and Access. Students will learn how to draft a Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement; when a Family Mediation has concluded. Students will also learn about the importance of collaboration practice and options for a Family Mediation.

Workplace Dispute Resolution - 2 weeks

In this course, the participants examine the sources and dynamics of workplace conflicts. Participants lean to identify the sources and dynamics of conflict in the workplace, with an emphasis on minimizing power imbalances in interpersonal workplace conflict. This course examines the issues of the impact of organizational culture on employees, diversity in the workplace, harassment policies and the various methods of resolving workplace conflict including coaching, negotiating, and mediating with special emphasis on difficult work situations. Finally, participants evaluate conflicts, their sources, the parties, the relationships between the parties, and the legislative and regulatory environments to best implement organizational and workplace conflict management principles.

Introduction to Family Mediation - 2 weeks

A rewarding and fulfilling career helping separated couples reach settlements and chart a better future for themselves and their children lies ahead for those who take part in our field-leading, cutting-edge Family Mediation course. This course delivers the foundation to work in a variety of settings where you will learn to provide family dispute resolution services and interventions for families experiencing relationship conflict and going through the process of separation. The course will equip students with the knowledge and skills to mediate family disputes by understanding the fundamentals of family dispute resolution. Topics covered focus on family mediation in practice and cover Screening Clients for Mediation, Strategies for Family Mediation and Steps in the Family Mediation Model, and the separation of Finances and Property. You will practice applying your family dispute resolution skills in a safe and professional online learning environment, learn to facilitate a family mediation and will examine and apply an ethical framework to your mediation using codes of practice and standards.

Fill out the form on this page to request more information or register for the Mediation for Professionals Certificate 

Fill out the form on this page to request more information or register for Mediation for Professionals certificate.  

The chart below outlines the cost of the  Mediation for Professional classes if you take them individually. 

A $200 non-refundable registration fee is charged to register for the course. We offer a payment plan for tuition of three equal payments of $798.33 at week 3, week 6, and week 9.


*Students are responsible for purchasing these additional printed OR digital textbooks

Family Mediation and Collaborative Practice Handbook  $105 (print only)

Art and Practice of Mediation, 2nd Edition & Choices in Approaching Conflict: Understanding the Practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution Book Bundle – $136 (digital or print)

Courses Individual Cost
Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (2 weeks) $399.16
Dispute Resolution Assessment (2 Weeks) $399.16
Managing Family Dynamics (2 Weeks) $399.16
Family Law for Non-Lawyer Mediators (2 Weeks) $399.16
Workplace Dispute Resolution (2 Weeks) $399.16
Introduction to Family Mediation (2 Weeks) $399.16

Total Cost

$2,395 CAD+ $200 REG.FEE

Kompass Professional Development

1700 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB
R3J 0E1

info@kompasstraining.ca