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Mediation Training

Mediation Training

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Download a summary document on the Training, Assessment and Accreditation process to become a Nationally Accredited Mediator through Mediation Institute

Are you looking for Mediation Training?

Mediation Institute is a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) approved by the Mediators Standards Board (MSB) to provide mediation training, complaint handling and membership support for National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) Accredited Mediators. If you are looking for quality, accessible and flexible mediation training you’ve come to the right place.

What mediation training do you need to become a mediator?

The standard for mediation training has been set by the Mediators Standards Board and includes a requirement that you participate in 9 role plays with a minimum of 3 as a mediator and then be assessed for competence in a role play assessment. 

You can do all the mediation training you need to do to become NMAS Accredited with Mediation Institute via Video Mediation. This allows us to offer a much more flexible course suitable for people who want to do the necessary mediation training to become NMAS Accredited without giving up 5 days of work to attend a workshop.

 

What is Video Mediation?

Video mediation is the growing approach to providing mediation services and the way that Mediation Institute provides mediation training throughout Australia.
 
The process makes use of online meeting technology to provide dispute resolution services (or in the case of our Mediation Training role plays) without the participants being forced to put up with the inconvenience of travelling to a location to meet in person.
 
That makes our course ideal for busy professionals who only need to block out 2 hours at a time for role plays.
 
Video Mediation saves regional people the expense they would otherwise have to pay to travel and stay in their nearest capital city to attend traditional mediation training in a classroom situation.
 
The other main group of people who do our course apart from people living in regional areas and those who are working full time is parents and other care givers who are stay at home. Not having to organise hours of child care or respite care means that the mediation training required is achievable.
 
Find out more about the Mediation Institute NMAS Mediation Training Course.
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How do you become a Mediator in Australia?

People often ask us how do they become a mediator. It is a multi step process.

Step One: Complete appropriate Mediation Training such as our Mediation Training Course.  

Step Two: Be assessed for competence. The assessment in included in the course fee for the Mediation Institute Mediation Training Course.  

Step Three: Join a Membership Association or other RMAB who can accredit you for NMAS Accreditation like Mediation Institute. It is low cost to join Mediation Institute – our membership fee includes your accreditation fee to become a NMAS Accredited Mediator.

It is as simple as 1 2 3 to become a professional mediator and we will guide you every step of the way.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you need to go to law school to be a mediator?

No. Mediators do not provide independent legal advice so having a lawyer as your mediator provides no particular advantage to clients.  In some cases lawyers prefer to refer to other lawyers so there are some advantages that lawyer mediators have in a competitive sense.

That bias can be overcome by effectively marketing and highlighting your expertise and life experience.

What is the average salary of a mediator?

Mediators often work independently and have an hourly fee that covers both their time and their overheads, similar to other professionals. Fees range from about $180 per hour up to two or three thousand a day for barrister mediators. There is no set fee for mediation services.

If you are seeking work as a mediator it is usually with Employee Assistance Programs, Tribunals, Ombudsman and other forms of dispute resolution services. See our jobs board for a sample of mediation work opportunities that we share with out members. https://www.mediationinstitute.edu.au/job-archive/

 

 

Questions

 

 

Download a 3 page overview of the Mediation Institute Training, Assessment and Accreditation process to become a Nationally Accredited Mediator under the NMAS Standards.

Experience Qualified Pathway to NMAS Accreditation

Experience Qualified Pathways

There are two experience qualified pathways for people who are working as unaccredited mediators who wish to become accredited.

  • Experience, education and assessment.
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) knowledge, experience and assessment.

Both Pathways require an assessment of competence which is generally conducted through a Video Mediation role play by Mediation Institute.

Cost for the assessment is $550 but please contact us before purchasing to make sure that your evidence of experience and competence is acceptable.

Alternatives

 

Experience, education and assessment

 

  1. You must provide us with evidence that you have conducted at least 100 hours of mediation within the two years prior to your application. Proof may take the form of a log book and CV or a letter from an employer.

    We don’t require confidential information about clients just dates and type of mediation.

  2. Two references from people who can state that you are a competent mediator 
  3. You will have to show that you have completed mediator training, supervision or education to our satisfaction in the previous two years. Generally this would be at least 25 hours of mediation training, supervision or professional development.
  4. You will have to demonstrate competence in an assessment  

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse knowledge, experience and assessment

  1. You must provide us with evidence that you possess appropriate  mediation experience and knowledge of the unique values and  traditions within the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community with which you identify
  2. Two references from people who can state that you are a competent mediator
  3. You will have to demonstrate competence in an assessment  

NMAS Professional Development

NMAS Professional Development

NMAS Professional Development

If you are a NMAS Accredited Mediator you need to be aware of your NMAS Professional Development requirements. You have mandatory NMAS professional development requirements for your bi-annual re-accreditation process. Visit MSB Website.

They are only 25 hours for every two years which is very easily achieved through the professional development opportunities available to you for free as a Mediation Institute Member.

If you use Facebook ask to Join our Mediation Institute Members Facebook Group.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/mi.member/

Scroll down this page for more information about our regular professional development opportunities.

 

Not a Mediation Institute Member Yet?

Find out more about how you can join Mediation Institute as a dispute resolution professional or associate. Find out more
 
You can also Follow our Facebook Page for updates on free or low cost professional development opportunities.
 

Mi Student Role Plays

Participate as a role player in Mediation Institute NMAS Training and Assessment Course role plays. This is an opportunity to learn about Video Mediation, refresh your knowledge and skills and get the warm glow you get from helping a new mediator develop their skills.

2 hours of professional development (category d)

The link to the role play scheduler is in the Mi Members collaborative learning course https://mi.study247.online/mi-members/

Mastermind Group

The Mediation Institute Professional Practice Development Mastermind Group is an opportunity to share knowledge with other dispute resolution professionals who are building their professional practices.

1 hour of professional development (category c)

Find Out More – https://mi.study247.online/groups/practice-development-mastermind-group

Practice Development Mastermind
Peer Supervision

Peer Group Supervision

The Mediation Institute Supervision Group is an opportunity for Mediators, Family Group Conference Facilitators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners to come together to discuss casework examples and ask specific questions about professional practice.

1 hour of professional development (category c)

Find out more – Eventbrite Booking Link

Webinars and Tutorials

Mediation Institute Tutorials are designed to provide basic or more advanced understanding of facilitative mediation. They are a great opportunity to ask any questions you have and interact with other members and current students.

60 – 90 minutes of professional development (Category a)

Find out more – http://www.mediationinstitute.edu.au/events/

Webinar Tutorial NMAS Professional Development
Mediator Musings Podcast NMAS Professional Development

Mediator Musings Podcast

The Mediation Institute launched a podcast for Mediators and other dispute resolution professionals early in 2019. You can claim CPD points for listening to podcast episodes.

30 minutes of professional development (category f)

Find out more – Mediator Musings Podcast Page

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Sat 24

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Requirements for NMAS Accreditation

Requirements for NMAS Accreditation

What is NMAS Accreditation?

The NMAS is the National Mediator Accreditation System for Australia. It was established and maintained by the Mediators Standards Board.

Under the NMAS the process and requirements for NMAS Accreditation is prescribed.  If you did your NMAS Training with Mediation Institute you will have been prompted to read the NMAS in it’s entirety during your course.

You can access the NMAS as a downloadable PDF on the Mediators Standards Board Website.

What are the requirements for NMAS Accreditation?

You must have completed a 38 hour NMAS Course or equivalent training and then completed an assessment for competence. 

There is an alternative pathway if you are an experienced mediator. In the experience qualified pathway you do not have to have completed a course  you can provide evidence of your experience and pass an assessment. 

Review our NMAS Training for the requirements.

 

Accreditation Pathway

Requirements for NMAS Accreditation

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Step 1: Complete a Training Program in accordance with NMAS Approval Standards Part I, Section 2.3. Training is a minimum of 38 hours and requires 9 mediation role plays within a 24 month period prior to assessment. 

Step 2: Achieve Competent Grading in an Assessment once you have completed your training course you must pass an assessment conducted in accordance with the NMAS Approval Standards Part I, Section 2.4. Mediation Institute offers these two steps in a single train and assess course as well as the option for assessment only if you have completed your training elsewhere.

Step 3: Apply to an RMAB such as Mediation Institute for NMAS Accreditation. You must apply for accreditation within 6 months of completing your assessment and provide the necessary evidence to show that you are eligible to apply.

Step 4: Your name will be added to the National Register by Mediation Institute once your NMAS Accreditation is approved.

  • Application Form Required

There are criteria for accreditation as a mediator in addition to the training and assessment requirement.

You must:

  • Be of good character and prove that by providing 2 references or other evidence
  • Disclose if you have been disqualified from any form of professional practice
  • Disclose any criminal convictions
  • Disclose any impairment which could influence your capacity to discharge your obligations in a competent, honest and professional manner.
  • Disclose if you have ever been refused NMAS Accreditation or renewal or had your accreditation suspended or lapsed.
  • Provide evidence of professional indemnity insurance or cover
  • Download our application form for full information
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