Resolving Family Disputes Respectfully

Training Required for CDV Membership

All Participating Members must take: 1) a Multidisciplinary Collaborative Training that meets or exceeds the International Association of Collaborative Practitioners and 2) interest-based mediation training. See applications for the most up-to-date details and other requirements.

1. Multidisciplinary Collaborative Training

Our preferred training is the three-day training hosted by the BC Collaborative Roster Society.  As that course is only offered once every two years, some members travel to take their Collaborative training in another jurisdiction, or during the coronavirus pandemic, online (during the period and in the manner that the IACP has approved for online trainings).

2. Interest-Based Mediation Training

Lawyers must complete five days of interest-based mediation training, or three days of interest-based mediation training and two days of facilitated negotiation training.

Financial Specialists and Mental Health Professionals must take three days of interest-based mediation training.

See the applications at the bottom of our “Join the Team” page for more details. 

The Apprentice Member category includes an exception for how you can join and actively work on files while you complete your mediation training, before becoming a Participating Member. If you have any questions, please refer to your profession's specific application and review the different membership categories and pledges, or contact a CDV Board Member. 


The following is a sample of courses or programs that have previously been accepted by the CDV to meet the various requirements for membership. This list is subject to change as course providers sometimes change their curriculums to such an extent that the substantive nature of the course makes it no longer qualify.

The CDV has no control over what prerequisites may be required by different organizations in order for individuals to take their interest-based mediation courses.  The CDV also has no control over what other practice groups or rosters may accept for membership in their organizations. 

The training organizations for interest-based mediation training our members have used most frequently are the CLEBC and the Justice Institute.  Other organizations that may hold or publicize interest-based mediation trainings include the ADRBC, MediateBC and the FMC.

It is recommended that if you have any questions about the course requirements needed for membership that you please contact the CDV or one of the CDV Board members to discuss your situation privately.  

Sample Approved Courses:


  • CLE-BC 3-day "Getting Started in Collaborative Practice"
  • Either of the following combinations of CLE-BC courses:
    • Introduction to Family Dispute Resolution and Family Law Mediation Fundamentals; or 
    • Family Law Mediation Fundamentals and Intermediate Family Law Mediation

Justice Institute

  • Justice Institute of BC CRES1305 "Asserting yourself in Conflict Situations" (note: when combined with JIBC CRES1100)
  • Justice Institute of BC CRES1170 (Formerly CRR170) 3-day "Negotiation Skills Level 1" (note: when combined with JIBC CRES1100)
  • Justice Institute of BC CRES1180 (Formerly CRR180 or CR250) 3-day "Mediation Skills Level 1" (note: when combined with JIBC CRES1100)
  • Justice Institute of BC CRES1280 (Formerly CRR290 or CR400) 5-day "Mediation Skills Level 2" (note: when combined with JIBC CRES1100; and CRES1180 is a prerequiste)
  • Justice Institute of BC CRES1495 (Formerly CRR295 or CR829) 2-day "Mediation Skills Level 3" (note: when combined with JIBC CRES1100; and CRES1280 is a prerequiste)
  • Justice Institute of BC CRES1450 2-day "Intensive Mediation Clinic" (note: if taken after JIBC CRES1180 - Med. 1)
  • Justice Institute of BC CRES1402 (Formerly CCR202 or CR303) 3-day "Shifting from Positions to Interests" (note: if taken after JIBC CRES1180 - Med. 1)

Other courses that have been approved in the past:

  • School District #62 - "Mediation Skills Training Levels I and II"
  • "Basic Family Negotiation and Mediation" (40-Hours)
  • BC Collaborative Roster Society – “Getting Started in Collaborative Practice”