Property FDR Certificate Course

This professional development course will teach you everything you need to know in order to be confident in facilitate property mediation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. The course fee includes all training and assessment delivered online at your own pace.

Who is this course for?

This course is for accredited family dispute resolution practitioners who are not confident in their facilitation of property mediation. This is usually because:

  • You were not provided training in property mediation at the time you accredited as a FDR Practitioner
  • You were trained back then but have not been facilitating property mediation and have grown rusty
  • You want to learn how to use online mediation and spreadsheets to professionally facilitate property mediation

The course is only available to accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners.



Delivery Model

Mediation Institute provides this training and assessment by eLearning.

That means that you can take the course from anywhere in Australia as long as you have reasonable internet access.

The course has mandatory role plays in order to receive a certificate of completion.

The course is self-paced allowing you to complete the course at your preferred pace.

  • Theory is learnt via online learning which includes recorded and live webinars discussing different aspects of the skills and knowledge you require to facilitate Property FDR.
  • Skills development is facilitated by live mentored video mediation role plays with other students. You will be mentored by a accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners.

 Course Duration

We estimate that the course takes about 40 hours to complete.

This includes a minimum of four (4) video mediation role plays which each take two (2) hours with the option of more if you are available to put in the time. 

To be issued a certificate of completion you must competently demonstrate your ability to facilitate property mediation in a simulation via video mediation.
Full support will be provided to learn video mediation if you are not yet comfortable with working remotely with clients.
  • Bonus Certificate - Online Mediator Certificate (course fee is usually $395 but included at no extra cost)

Just looking for Professional Development for Property FDR?

Don’t want to be trained and assessed in property mediation? 

Do you think you can facilitate property mediation competently but want to review your knowledge plus be supported through the changes in the Family Law System? 

The final report from the Review of the Family Law System due on the 31st March 2019.  Review of the Family Law System

The Property FDR Support Package will provide training in property mediation updated as any changes are notified and then implemented.

You’ll be able to participate in role plays as a role player.

You’ll be given complementary practitioner membership of Mediation Institute for 12 months and the ability to participate in ALL Professional Development activities.

Property FDR Support Package

Professional Development Program
$ 800
per person
  • Comprehensive self-paced eLearning and webinar tutorials
  • Grad. Dip. Level training materials in property mediation
  • Able to participate practice role plays (as a role player)
  • Complimentary Mediation Institute Practitioner Membership
    for 12 months (value $110)
  • Regular Group Supervision and Q & A sessions
    with a Family Lawyer FDRP
  • Payment plan $140 per month for six months ($840 in total)

Property FDR Certificate Course

Training and Certification
$ 1,750
per person
  • Everything in the Property FDR Support Package
  • Plus
  • Skills development practice video property mediation role plays
  • Opportunity to practice with FamilyProperty Software as well as excel spreadsheets for property mediation
  • Property FDR Certificate of Competence (requires role play evidence)
  • Bonus Online Mediation Certificate (worth $395)
  • Payment Plan $300 per month for six months ($1,800 in total)

our Lead Mentoring team

Joanne Law

Joanne Law

NMAS Mediator and FDR Practitioner

Joanne is Director of Studies. She’s on a mission to provide the best and most effective learning outcomes for students. She’s a true believer in the power of the process when it comes to mediation and will expect you to master the basics in order to demonstrate competence as a NMAS Mediator.

Ken Speakman

Ken Speakman

NMAS Mediator and FDR Practitioner

Ken is Director of Applied Learning.  He gets great enjoyment from mentoring and assisting students to learn mediation skills and also mentors new entrants into the industry to develop their businesses. He is a patient mentor and will provide extra coaching if you need it to understand the process.

Paul Kenna

Paul Kenna

Family Lawyer, NMAS Mediator and FDR Practitioner

Paul is an experienced family lawyer and barrister. He co-founded Mediation Institute and will be providing the Legal Supervision and Q & A sessions in Property Mediation as part of these programs.

Sessions will be held monthly as a live webinar with recordings available in the course.

This is a new course but here's students say about our training in general

No need to travel

By making use of the internet and video meeting technology you get to participate in role plays from your home or office.

All you need is a computer with a web camera and audio capabilities or headset.

You can even join video meetings by smart phone or tablet but you will need a computer to take the role of mediator.

Our course is designed to be fitted in around other life responsibilities such a work or care responsibilities.

Perfect practice makes perfect

You know the only way you can develop skills is to practice because no amount of theory will allow you to do something competently. You have to practice.

Participate in as many role plays as you want as a role player. Experience mediation from a clients perspective plus participate in the post role play discussion and learn.  
Students on the Certificate Course only – Live video mediation rRole plays with immediate feedback to help you to adjust and refine your approach. 

Rural Residents

Living in the Country?

This course was designed for people who live in regional areas and then it turned out that city people like the convenience and flexibility as well.

As long as you have access to the internet you can do this course.

If you don’t but can find at least two friends to do the course with you get in touch to talk about alternatives.

Blended Learning

Do you have a group of staff to train?

We can send a trainer to your location to provide the skills development part of the course to your team or provide the eLearning only to support your own onsite trainer.

Our course and ongoing support is developed by family dispute resolution practitioners and reviewed by an experienced family lawyer to ensure that it provides the knowledge you need for this important aspect of FDR Work.

Learn from the experts!

Course content is delivered via eLearning. Course Content Includes:

This module is designed to make sure that you have a current understanding of the various laws that relate to the practice of Property Family Dispute Resolution.

It is essential that as a facilitator of property mediation you have a reasonable understanding of the family law system as it is important that you know whether or not your clients have a clear sense of the range of results they may be able to obtain from a court if mediation is not successful.

If you do not it is going to be difficult for you to know whether clients have had or understood their legal advice, to properly help them to reality test proposals and to provide them with legal information when appropriate.

In this module you will be required to read sections of legislation and create summaries related to your obligations as a FDR Practitioner in terms of property mediation.

You will also review workplace documents provided in a FDR service.

This module provides an overview of Property Family Dispute Resolution and the skills you are required to demonstrate when you come to the end of the course and are asked to demonstrate your competence.

In this module you’ll be able to view examples of a pre-mediation and mediation role play.

This module reviews your ethical obligations as a FDR Practitioner through the lens of property mediation.

There is a review quiz that allows you to consider a number of potential ethical dilemmas and a group discussion of other ethical questions that may arise.



This module looks at the paperwork required for property mediation.

If is designed for those who are adding property mediation to your practice to assist in reviewing your systems and processes to make sure that they are appropriate.

It is structured to look at the documentation required for each stage.


This is not a full training in risk screening as students are already accredited family dispute resolution practitioners.

The focus is on the aspects of risk screening you need to focus on specifically for property mediation.

This part of the course looks at the aspects of the pre-mediation process that relate specifically to property mediation.

These include negotiating with the parties what information to provide, preparation for negotiation in mediation, valuations and more.

Role Play Practice as a Mediator only available for those on the Property FDR Certificate Course

This looks at the process differences for property mediation  and various ways that property mediation can be facilitated.

Theory and the ability to participate in role plays as a role player for those on the Property FDR Support Package

Theory and role play practice, including as the mediator with assessment and a Certificate of Competence for those on the Property FDR Certificate Course.

Live mentored video role plays unless alternative arrangements are made.


There is currently a review underway of the family law system that will be released in March 2019. It is likely that there will be significant changes proposed that will affect aspects of property FDR.

This part of the course will focus on managing those changes as a FDR professional and strategies to maintain the currency of your knowledge.

Includes 12 months practitioner  membership of Mediation Institute.


The course is Competency Based which means you will be required to demonstrate that you can facilitate property mediation in order to be issued a Property Family Dispute Resolution by Mediation Institute.

  • Short answer questions and quizzes to review understanding
  • Activities to develop skills and confidence
  • Case studies to consider different scenarios
  • Self-reflection to ensure that you are using a reflective practice approach to your work
  • Practical demonstration (role plays) or workplace evidence if you are providing property mediation in the workplace to the satisfaction of your employer or clients

Online Mediation Certificate

Participants will be eligible for an Online Mediation Certificate at the end of the course if you do your role plays online. The skills that you will have developed (using zoom as the meeting tool) are:
  • Sheduled a video meeting and sent an invitation to clients
  • Competently facilitated a meeting via video meeting technology
  • Demonstrated ability to put attendees on hold and manage disruptive behaviour
  • Demonstrated ability to share a document with clients (share screen) and use the comments function effectively
  • Understanding of basic controls such as the record function (and how to prevent recording) and other practical aspects of professionally working with clients via video meeting

Not an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course for Family Dispute Resolution?

No. This is professional development for accredited family dispute resolution practitioners who want additional training in property mediation. See our  CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution.course if you are not yet qualified to apply to be a FDR Practitioner.

Are there payment options?

The course is generally paid for in full up front however we are always willing to consider reasonable proposals for alternative arrangements.

I've already done property mediation in my NMAS course. Can I get a credit?

We don’t believe that it is possible to lean basic mediation and property family dispute resolution in a 38 hour basic mediation course.

Our course is at the same level as our Graduate Diploma level training and the course you have done is not equivalent. In our course we offer the opportunity to participate in video mediation role plays to develop and have your skills assessed.

Likewise a 1 day group workshop is not equivalent to this course.

What if I fail my assessment?

You will have the opportunity to participate in more than one practice role play if doing the course online. You will be given feedback and the opportunity to participate in another role play until you develop all of the skills you need.

If your workplace has arranged an onsite role play day and you are assessed as not-yet-competent you can later participate in an online role play to further develop your skills.

What if I don't want to do video mediation?

We are not currently proposing to run public workshops although if we get enough expressions of interest we may.  We are happy to provide a quote to send a trainer to your site to train your team onsite. A minimum of 3 people will be required.

You would still be expected to participate in the online learning.

If you do  not do the online role plays you will not be eligible for the Online Mediator Certificate.

Where can I find out more about the course?

The best way to find out more about the course is to ring our Director of Studies, Joanne Law.

Joanne will answer any questions that you have about any aspect of the course and help you to work out if the learning method is right for you.

You can call 1300 781 533 to get through to Joanne or her work mobile 0401 293 500

If you are nervous about the video mediation or unsure if your internet connection or computer are able to cope we can arrange for a video meeting to find out.

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