All candidates for the designation, Certified Specialist in Family Arbitration, “FDRP Arb.,” must satisfy the following requirements:
- Candidates must be members in good standing of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, “FDRIO,” and the Family Arbitration Section.
- Candidates must complete a program of education/training in family arbitration comprised of the following courses:
- Family Arbitration Process and Skills – 40 hours or 5 days;
- Family Law – 30 hours or 4 days (Practicing family lawyers are exempted)
- Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances – 21 hours or 3 days.
- Candidates must have arbitrated or co-arbitrated at least five family cases in which an Award in a contested proceeding whether final or interim was made.
- The FDRIO Arbitration Certification Committee, the “Committee,” may meet with candidates to determine their competency as family arbitrators. Candidates will sign a Consent permitting the Committee to make inquiries of others concerning family arbitrations conducted by them. The Committee may ask candidates to complete an assessment/role play for this purpose.
- Candidates who already hold the Certified Family Arbitrator designation of the ADR Institute of Ontario, “ADRIO,” are exempted from the education/training and assessment requirements. This exemption is available to candidates until August 31, 2017.
- Candidates who have been in FDR practice for 10 or more years and have completed 10 or more family arbitrations to the point of releasing an Award made in a contested proceeding whether final or interim, in the discretion of the Committee, may be exempted from the foregoing education/training requirements save and except Family Law for Family Arbitrators, if they are not practicing family lawyers, and Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances, and from the foregoing assessment requirements.
- Candidates must have either a degree or diploma in a related field of study, or 10 years of related experience.
- In addition to the continuing education requirements of their professional disciplines, candidates must commit to attend a minimum of ten hours of annual continuing education that includes:
- At least 2.5 hours on topics relating to screening for domestic violence and
- At least 2 hours on topics relating to family law;
- At least 2 hours relating to family relations and high conflict dynamics.
- Family Relations (14 hours) for applications after January 1, 2018
Professional Liability Insurance
Candidates must have and provide proof of current professional liability insurance that applies to all FDR services provided by the applicant, with a minimum of $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence and $2,000,000 coverage in the aggregate.
- Candidates will submit the following to the Committee in support of their application for certification:
- A covering letter;
- Curriculum Vitae;
- Certificates of Attendance in respect of the courses prescribed in paragraph 2; if one or more is not a FDRIO approved course, particulars in the discretion of the Committee;
- A copy of the candidate’s Agreement to Arbitrate;
- Copies of the Awards from the five cases prescribed in paragraph 3;
- For candidates who already hold the Certified Family Arbitrator designation of ADRIO and seek exemption pursuant to paragraph 5, a copy of the certificate issued by ADRIO;
- For candidates who are practicing family arbitrators and seek exemption pursuant to paragraph 6, letters of reference from three lawyers or others who participated in one or more family arbitrations conducted by them, letters from three family arbitrators who hold professional designations from either of ADRIO or FDRIO confirming their arbitration and screening skills, a certificate of attendance at a Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances course as described in sub-paragraph 2(c), and, if required, a certificate of attendance at a Family Law course as described in sub-paragraph 2(b);
- Proof of current professional liability insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence and $2,000,000 coverage in the aggregate;
- Payment to FDRIO in the amount of $300.
- FDRP-Arbs will report annually to the Committee confirming their compliance with the insurance and continuing education requirements.