The Qualified Mediator Program

The Qualified Mediator Program: Criteria for Qualification

Criteria for a mediator to be qualified by ARIAS•U.S. are as follows:

Categories Eligibility Requirements
Membership ARIAS·U.S. Member in good standing
Prior Qualification Candidates must have a minimum of ten years of insurance or reinsurance experience. Candidates who lack this experience should contact ARIAS•U.S. to discuss options.
Training Experience In addition to the requirements listed above, Candidates for Qualified Mediator must fulfill the requirements of Option A, B, C, or D below and adhere to the Ethics requirement:
Option A Certification as a mediator by a state or federal court mediation program satisfactory to the Board of ARIAS•U.S.
Option B Within the last ten years, successful completion of a mediation training program requires a minimum of 24 hours with mediation training provided by an organization or educational institution that is satisfactory to the Board of ARIAS•U.S.
Option C Participation as a mediator in at least five mediations in the last ten years.
Option D Participation in a capacity other than as mediator (e.g., as counsel or client representative) in at least five mediations within the last ten years plus 18 hours of training as explained in Option B above.
Ethics Agree to adhere to the Model Standard of Conduct for Mediators as promulgated by the AAA, the ABA, and the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Ongoing Certification Requirements

The ongoing certification requirements for Qualified Mediators are as follows:

  1. Be a member in good standing of ARIASU.S.; and
  2. On a bi-annual basis, to remain certified, every mediator must complete the following:
    • Attend at a minimum of three hours at a webinar, seminar, or conference presented by an organization or educational institution which address insurance issues that is satisfactory to the Board of ARIAS•U.S.; and
      • Certify they have been a mediator in at least one mediation; or
      • Complete two hours of training in mediation skills by an organization or education institution satisfactory to the Board of ARIAS•U.S.

Download and Complete an Application:

To apply for qualification, a candidate should complete the ARIAS·U.S. Application for Qualification as Mediator as a PDF or Word Document and email it to certification@arias-us.org  along with a certificate or other details that show the nature and length of the course. Applications will be presented to the Board of Directors at their regularly scheduled meetings.

Promulgation of Mediator List

As they are approved, “ARIAS•U.S. Qualified Mediators” are listed on a separate page of this website. That page is linked from here. This website list links to their profiles in the same way that the Certified Arbitrator and Umpire Lists are linked. In addition, when a mediator is qualified, he/she will be announced in the ARIAS•U.S. Quarterly. The listing of ARIAS•U.S. Qualified Mediators is a service to ARIAS members, and does not constitute any representation with respect to any such Mediator.

Searching for Mediators with Specific Experience Characteristics

It should be noted that ARIAS Certified Arbitrators who are qualified as mediators by ARIAS, may also be found through the Arbitrator, Umpire, and Mediator Search system here on the website, which enables adding other experience dimensions to the search process.