This post outlines NMAS Accreditation requirements.
What is a NMAS Accredited Mediator?
A NMAS Accredited mediator is a mediator accredited by the Mediators Standards Board. Becoming a NMAS Accredited mediator demonstrates to clients that you are a professional, trained and accredited mediator under the industry standard in Australia.
The standards were established and are maintained by the Mediators Standards Board and are called the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). You can download a copy of the NMAS Standards from the Mediators Standards Board website and mediators should provide a copy or a link to the standards for all potential clients of their mediation service.
How do I become a NMAS Accredited Mediator?
NMAS Accreditation requirements can be fully met through Mi RMAB. Becoming and remaining a NMAS Accredited Mediator requires:
- that you are trained and assessed as competent in facilitating mediation. See our NMAS Accreditation Course page if you have not had any training in Mediation.
- that you are insured – Professional Indemnity Insurance is mandatory
- that you are of good character – character references and no criminal convictions related to violence or other character related offences is mandatory
- that you have an external complaints management service – such as the service provided by Mi RMAB. See below for more information.
- continued accreditation requires that you practice in a legal and ethical manner and meet mandatory professional development requirements
Recognised Mediator Accreditation Bodies (RMAB)
The Mediators Standards Board publishes a directory of NMAS Accredited Mediators on their website but they do not directly accredit mediators. http://msb.org.au/mediators
The accreditation process is done through Recognised Mediator Accreditation Bodies (RMAB’s) such as Mediation Institute.
The services provided by the RMAB’s vary but as a minimum they take and process applications for NMAS Accreditation or Re-accreditation from mediators and pay the accreditation fee to the MSB. Accreditation is for a 2 year period.
Mi RMAB Services
- Accreditation of NMAS Mediators
- Training and assessment for people seeking to become NMAS Accredited Mediators
- External Complaints Handling Service suitable for mediators and family dispute resolution practitioners
- Professional development opportunities including webinars that are free for members, workshops, working groups and the offer to present webinars, facilitate workshops and other activities for other members
- Referral to obtain Professional Indemnity Insurance – a stand alone policy (i.e not a pool policy with a shared cover) for between $230 and $250 (rate current 1.5.2017. $200 plus stamp duty)