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:

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 a mandatory role play demonstration in order to receive a certificate of completion.

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

 Course Duration

We estimate that the course takes about 20 – 40 hours to complete.

This includes the opportunity to practice facilitating with video mediation role plays which each take two (2) hours to complete.  

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.

Property FDR Certificate Course


Property Family Dispute Resolution Certificate Training is a course in property mediation for family dispute resolution practitioners.


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This course teaches the skills required to confidently facilitate property family dispute resolution.

Who is the course for?

This course is for accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners who want to refresh and strengthen their skills and knowledge in facilitating Property Family Dispute Resolution.

If you are not yet an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner please see our CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution course.

Course Overview

The course learning objectives are:

  1. Property Mediation context for risk assessment and determining if property mediation is appropriate
  2. How to help clients to prepare for Property Mediation
  3. How to help clients to get legal advice in preparation for Property Mediation
  4. How to help clients to determine and agree on their asset pool
  5. How the Family Court judges decide property settlements (a peek into the maze)
  6. How to help clients to discuss considerations
  7. How to help clients to negotiate financial arrangements
  8. How to help clients to negotiate a property settlement agreement
  9. How to use a spreadsheet and/or whiteboard to visualize the asset pool and negotiation
  10. How to document a property settlement agreement
  11. How clients can make their agreement legally enforceable with examples of Consent Orders

The course is very practical and focused on helping you to strengthen your knowledge and build your skills and confidence when working with clients who need property settlements.

Delivery Method

  • Online learning for the theory
  • Live webinar discussion of pre-mediation preparation issues unique to property FDR
  • Live mentored video role plays for property mediation scenarios using either a speadsheet or FamilyProperty as a tool

Course Duration

The course is approximately a 40 hour course including the self-paced online learning and a minimum of 4 role plays as either a role player or mediator facilitating simulated property FDR mediations.

Course Start

This course is self-paced with ongoing enrollments.

Meet The Team​

All team members are accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners

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 Role plays with immediate feedback to help you to adjust and refine your approach. 

Rural Residents

Living in the Country?

This course was designed for everyone, even people who live in regional areas who find it difficult to get to workshops in major population areas.

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.

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Family Property


Are you using Legal Tech to save time and improve results?

We train using excel spreadsheets and FamilyProperty to demonstrate how technology can replace whiteboards.

Find out more about Family Property

Our course includes ongoing support should any major changes occur in the family law system as a result of the family law review. 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 looks at screening for suitability for property mediation rather than the basic risk screening for safety. 

The focus is on the aspects of risk screening you need to determine if property FDR is appropriate or whether additional support or alternative arrangements are required.

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 consideration of changes to the Family Law Act 1975.  A review of the family law system that was released in March 2019 has not proceeded to legislation and there have been other reviews and bills proposes.  Our industry is waiting to see if there will be changes to the legislation that impact property settlements. The report from the Family Law Review Commission recommended very significant and far reaching changes which may continue to be ignored or may be adopted.  https://www.ag.gov.au/families-and-marriage/publications/family-law-future-inquiry-family-law-system

This part of the course will focus on managing those changes as a FDR professional and strategies to maintain the currency of your knowledge.  Alumni of this course will receive update information as it comes to hand.   


The full 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.

Video Meeting Facilitator Certificate

Participants will be eligible for a Video Meeting Facilitator 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:

Not an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner yet?

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. This course includes knowledge and skills assessment.  In our course we offer the opportunity to participate in video mediation role plays to develop and have your skills assessed.

Likewise a one 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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