The professional development (PD) requirements for dispute resolution professionals vary depending on your accreditations and registrations.
What is the requirement?
– 25 hours every two years and this is checked (based on self-reporting) by your Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) We ask you to indicate the hours of PD you’ve done on our renewal form.
This post has more information – https://www.mediationinstitute.edu.au/members/professional-development/nmas-professional-development/
Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners
FDRP’s have an obligation to complete 24 hours of Professional Development every 2 years of our accreditation.
(1) A person who is accredited as a family dispute resolution practitioner must undertake at least 24 hours education, training or professional development in family dispute resolution in each 24 month period starting on the day of the person’s accreditation as a family dispute resolution practitioner.
(2) If the Secretary becomes aware that an accredited family dispute practitioner has failed to comply with subregulation (1), the Secretary may, by written notice, give the person a specified period within which to comply with the requirement.
There is no further guidance than that.
Family Group Conference Facilitators
There is not yet a formal accreditation system for Family Group Conference Facilitators.
Watch this space as we hope to help that to happen in the not too distant future.
For our membership we expect that Members will undertake 24 hours of professional development relevant to FGC each 2 year membership period.
How do I keep track of my PD?
You can keep a word document and folder on your computer and record your PD and store your certificates.
It is probably safer to store them in the cloud on Google Drive.
You could set up a Professional Development folder where you store a copy of any certificates and a document where you keep your Professional Development Register. https://www.google.com/drive/
If you need any help with setting up Google Drive pop into one of our Video Meeting Practice Sessions and we’ll show you how it works.
It’s free so why not make use of the tools that are available to you so you don’t suffer data loss if your computer is lost, stolen or damaged.