To become a NMAS Accredited Mediator for the first time you must complete a course approved by the Mediator Standards Board or equivalent – see the Mediation Institute NMAS Training and Assessment Course and meet the other requirements.
But what if you did that in the past but then allowed your membership to lapse, took a leave of absence or had your NMAS accreditation cancelled or suspended?
There is a way to meet the requirements for re-instatment of your NMAS accreditation without having to do the full course again detailed in section 6 of the NMAS.
6. Re-instatement of accreditation
6.1 An applicant seeking re-instatement after a period of leave of absence or lapsed or suspended accreditation must:
(a) disclose the date from which they were first granted accreditation under the NMAS and specify the period of leave of absence or the date upon which their accreditation lapsed or was suspended;
(b) meet the approval requirements set out in Sections 2.1;
(c) provide evidence to an RMAB that they met the accreditation renewal requirements described in Section 3 in the two years immediately prior to seeking re-instatement;
(d) where the practice requirement in Section 3.2 or Section 3.3 has not been met, undertake supplimentary practical training, coaching and/or assessment, as approved by the RMAB, to address the shortfall;
(e) provide evidence to the RMAB that any conditions imposed at the time of suspension or grant of a period of leave of absence have been met prior to seeking re-instatement.
6.2 Accreditation will be re-instated from the date upon which the relevant RMAB assesses the applicant as having satisfied the requirements in section 6.1
6.3 Re-instatement of accreditation in terms of Section 6.2 cannot be granted more than once in every four years.
If you are working as a mediator e.g. a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner or as a Conciliator but allowed your NMAS Accreditation to lapse you may meet all the requirements for re-instatement.
If you have not completed more than 25 hours of mediation in the past two years we will require additional training and assessment to refresh your skills.
Relevant NMAS Approval Standards Sections
2 Approval requirements for accreditation
2.1 An applicant must be of good character and possess appropriate personal qualities and experience to conduct a mediation process independently, competently and professionally. An applicant must:
(a) provide written references from two members of their community who have known them for more than three years to the effect that they are of good character, or demonstrate that they already satisfy this requirement under another system;
(b) disclose if they have been disqualified from any type of professional practice;
(c) disclose any criminal conviction;
(d) disclose any impairment that could influence their capacity to discharge their obligations in a competent, honest and professional manner;
(e) disclose if they have ever been refused NMAS accreditation or accreditation renewal or had their accreditation suspended or cancelled.
(f) comply with the Approval Standards and Practice Standards, with any relevant legislation, professional standards and any other requirements that may be relevant to them;
(g) pay the MSB registration fee in accordance with their RMAB’s practices; This fee is paid to Mediation Institute if we are your RMAB and we pay it on to the MSB.
(h) become and remain a member of an RMAB or a member or employee of an organisation with a relevant ethical code or standard and a complaints and disciplinary procedure that can address complaints against mediators; See our Code of Ethics.
(i) acknowledge that an RMAB can disclose information about them to the MSB and the MSB can release it to other RMABs upon request; and
(j) be covered by relevant professional indemnity insurance or have statutory immunity.
Terms and Conditions
NMAS Section 4
Leave of Absence is able to be granted upon application to your Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) e.g. Mediation Institute if you are accredited through us.
You have to provide the following information:
- why – e.g. health, career or other special circumstances
- how long a period of leave of absence is required
Duration of the leave of absence.
- Less than 12 months – the RMAB will remove your name from the National Register and extend your renewal date by the amount of time that your leave of absence is granted for.
- Longer than 12 months – the RMAB must remove your name from the NMAS Register and you must comply with the requirements in section 6 to have your accreditation reinstated.
Your leave of absence can’t be backdated (commence) more than 2 months prior to the date you apply for it.
NMAS 3.8 indicates that a mediator must meet the requirements for renewal of accreditation within two months of their renewal due date or their accreditation automatically lapses.
Section 5 of the NMAS relates to suspension of NMAS Accreditation.
5.1 When a mediator is significantly non-compliant with the Approval or Practice Standards an RMAB may, subject to the requirements of procedural fairness, suspend the mediator’s accreditation and, having regard to the circumstances, specify any conditions that must be met by that mediator prior to seeking re-instatement of accreditation.
The RMAB must without delay notify the MSB of the details of the mediator whose accreditation has been suspended and remove that mediator’s name from the NMAS Register.
The MSB may on request disclose information received regarding a suspension to another RMAB upon request.
Reasons for Suspension
- non-compliance with requirements such as not having professional indemnity insurance in place
- as a result of a complaint that has been substantiated e.g. there may have been a requirement to complete further studies or provide other evidence of ongoing competence.
- other breaches of obligations that require rectification before re-instatement
A mediators NMAS Accreditation may be cancelled for a serious non-recoverable breach of the NMAS standards.
This may relate to a serious breach of the NMAS standards, a criminal conviction for fraud or violence or similar.
If a NMAS accreditation is cancelled the RMAB will indicate what would be required to allow the accreditation to be reinstated.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have expectations regarding ongoing professional development for Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (as do the Attorney Generals Department) but there are no specific requirements for Family Group Conference Facilitators.
We encourage you to adopt the same principles of one hour of professional development per month as a minimum.
Usually, people do the NMAS Assessment Program which has gap training, practice assessment, coaching and an assessment for NMAS accreditation to prove that you are still competent.
It is self-paced and available for immediate enrollment.