Become an EMA Affiliate​

What is an EMA Affiliate?

We provide online mediation training courses to people throughout the world who might not otherwise have access to high-caliber training from the most experienced mediators and mediation experts.

Our affiliate program combines EMA’s online course curriculum with face-to-face training from local facilitators who are trained and endorsed by Bruce Edwards. By integrating online and in-person training, students are able to learn from those experienced in making the moment to moment decisions required in the mediation room, without having to endure the cost (both financial and time) of travel.

Students in our affiliate programs gain valuable knowledge, practical experience and develop relationships with others in their mediation community. Lifetime EMA membership is included. Upon completion of the course, students are granted an EMA certificate.

Who is the EMA Affiliate Program for?

Any organization that wants to develop or enhance their existing mediation training program with lessons and real-world experience from the industry’s most experienced global experts.

Affiliate organizations can be from legal, government, non-profit, educational, medical, or business fields.

How does the EMA Affiliate Program Work?

Examine the case of Rwanda –

  • Our partner training facilitator in Rwanda has been using EMA’s Mediation Skills course to build capacity in their country.

  • To date four groups of twenty students each from the Rwandan Bar Association and the judiciary have successfully taken the online Mediation Skills course in their own time and then met as a group to discuss each module with the local facilitator.

  • In these face-to-face group meetings, the students and trainer discuss how the lessons apply in the specific legal and cultural environment in Rwanda.

  • They practice role playing and develop an ongoing support group of like-minded individuals.

  • After completion of the Mediation Skills course, the students have a one day face-to-face with Bruce Edwards and receive certificates of completion.

Edwards Mediation Academy provides hands-on support throughout the course duration.

EMA Affiliate Program Review

As a serving Judge and a mediation enthusiast, I often wondered how I would ever get a chance to take a well-balanced and fully-fledged course that could equip me with the necessary mediation skills to use in my day-to-day work without leaving my office. I had tried several options, but they could not quench the thirst of my expectation, not until luck struck and I was introduced to Edwards Mediation Academy and their Mediation Skills Course. I got the best of the best without leaving the comfort of my office and as a result my working and my thinking in the arena of mediation will never be the same. I am so indebted to Bruce and Susan for coming up with such a tremendous course. It will be my springboard to greater heights.


Bruce A. Edwards

Bruce is one of the pioneers in developing mediation to resolve commercial disputes in the United States. He has been a professional mediator since 1986 and has mediated over 8000 disputes. Bruce was a co-founder and former chairman of the board of directors of JAMS. In 2023 he joined Signature Resolution to continue his mediation practice while pursuing his passion for delivering high-quality mediation training through Edwards Mediation AcademyBruce has consistently received recognition for his work as a mediator, most recently being accepted into the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in ADR by ADR Times 2022; once again recognized as a Best Lawyer in the ADR category by Best Lawyers® 2022 and recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader and Mediator in the US by Who’s Who Legal, 2023.