Providing Accreditation since 1986

CIMAT Mission

The Commission develops, makes public, and applies criteria for the assessment of educational effectiveness among institutions of mediator and arbitrator education leading to actions on their institutional accreditation.  By this means, the Commission assures the education community, the public, and interested agencies that accredited institutions have clearly defined objectives that meet with criteria published by the Commission; that they have the organization, staffing, and resources to accomplish, are accomplishing, and can continue to accomplish these objectives.  In addition, through its process of assessment, the Commission encourages and assists in the improvement, effectiveness, and excellence of affiliated educational institutions.


The mission of CIFMAT is to assess and promote the quality of education through the accreditation of its members.

Our Assurance

“Accredited by the Commission of Institutions for Mediation - Arbitration Training Accreditation” assures that our members:

  •  Strive to achieve rigorous and common standards in education
  •  Demonstrate substantive institutional commitment to continual improvement
  •  Commit to balancing the creative tensions that exist between local autonomy and public authority
  •  Nurture individual creative accomplishment

Accreditation is a catalyst for school improvement.

Our Goals

The Commission of Institutions for Mediation - Arbitration Training Accreditation aspires to provide a process for meaningful, ongoing whole school improvement while honoring the unique culture and context of each institution we support. In this spirit, we:

  • Encourage the pursuit of a unique mission in distinctive circumstances by each member.
  • Advocate for thoughtful self-reflection guided by meticulous peer review.
  • Promote public recognition of the challenges that accredited institutions face both in common and in particular.
  • Elucidate the value, philosophy, and practice of accreditation for our member schools, the public, legislative bodies, and governing boards.
  • Assist member schools in navigating accreditation in a context often dictated by federal, state, or local mandates and by limited means.

The Association

The Commission of Institutions for Mediation - Arbitration Training Accreditation” is a voluntary membership organization of public and independent schools and colleges. It is composed of four autonomous commissions serving public schools, independent schools, schools abroad, and institutions of higher education. Each commission decides matters of accreditation in the context of standards derived and reviewed by its membership.

The accreditation work of the commissions on public, independent, and schools abroad is reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education operates separately and independently in all matters of accreditation.

Along with the Board of Trustees, each of the four Commissions is dedicated to the accomplishment of the mission, assurance, and goals of the Association.

The Association is a not-for-profit corporation that adheres to fundamental principles of fairness and non-discrimination.

Approved by the CIFMAT Board of Trustees on December 1, 2015.