Assessment of mediator competency
We assess mediator competency to meet the standards for:
NMAS (National Mediation Accreditation System) - most commonly used in Australia.
to read more about requirements for NMAS Accreditation click here>>
Resolution Institute Mediation Accreditation Scheme - most commonly used in NZ.
to read more about requirements for RI Mediation Accreditation click here>
Candidates for assessment (for either scheme) need to have, either:
- completed a 38 hour Resolution Institute mediation training course
- applied to Resolution Institute to have their training recognised as having met the requirements of the approval standards of NMAS in Australia or RI Mediation Accreditation scheme in NZ.*
To meet the standards for both NMAS and RI Mediation Accreditation schemes our assessments are:
- in addition to the 38 hour training course
- at least 1.5 hours long
- assessed by someone who is independent of the training team
- conducted through role play - the candidate in the role of mediator with role players playing the roles of the people in dispute
- recorded for later assessment by an assessor or assessed "live", as it is being done
- documented through a written report providing assessment of competency as well as identification of strengths and weaknesses and recommendations for further development.
Our assessment process
|Candidates, who have completed suitable training and apply for assessment, are offered a time and date. We send the role play and assessment pro forma about a week before the assessment.|
|Candidates play the role of mediator in a 1.5-2 hour role play with two volunteer ‘disputing’ participants. In Australia,the role play is generally video recorded for later assessment by an assessor; in New Zealand the assessment is assessed by an assessor at the time that it is being conducted and audio recorded.|
|Candidates complete a self-assessment of their role play.|
An assessor determines whether the candidate ‘has demonstrated competency’ or ‘not yet demonstrated competency’. The assessor will consider the candidates "self- assessment" form and may seek supplementary information from the candidate.
|We inform candidates of the outcome – generally within 4-6 weeks.|
|Candidates who have ‘not yet demonstrated competency’ may apply for a second assessment at a reduced fee, learning from the feedback from the first assessment.|
|Candidates who have demonstrated competency are eligible to apply for mediation accreditation.|