Mediator accreditation in Australia
The National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) is a voluntary, industry based scheme introduced in January 2008. Since then, NMAS accreditation and practice standards have been widely adopted across Australia. Neighbouring countries in the Asia Pacific region also use NMAS on occasion as the required standard for mediators.
The implementation and development of NMAS is overseen by the Mediator Standards Board (MSB). Organisations designated as Recognised Mediator Accreditation Bodies (RMABs) can accredit mediators to the national standards. Resolution Institute is a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).
There are multiple pathways to become an accredited mediator in Australia under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS).
Pathway 1 - completed training and assessment
- Complete the 5-day mediation training workshop
- Successfully complete video assessment
- Meet other requirements specified under NMAS
Pathway 2 - alternate pathways
- Experience, education and assessment, or
- Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) knowledge, experience and assessment
For more details, read section 2 of the NMAS.
Maintain your accreditation
Every two years you will need to apply for renewal of NMAS accreditation. To do this you will have to demonstrate that you meet all the accreditation renewal requirements (read section 2 of the NMAS).
Reinstate your accreditation
If you have been accredited under NMAS and you have taken a leave of absence or your accreditation has lapsed please apply for reinstatement.
Resolution Institute Advanced Mediation Accreditation distinguishes you as a mediator with extensive experience, giving you a competitive edge.
To apply for advanced accreditation:
- You generally need NMAS accreditation. If you don't, we may be able to take your training and other mediation qualifications into account. To apply for recognition of prior learning contact us.
- With your application you will need to provide:
- Adequate proof of completion of 250 hours of mediation in the 3 years prior to this application.
- Written evaluations of at least 10 parties, or their advisers, showing that your mediation demonstrated a high level of competence in the process. You can use your own feedback form or ours:
- You will need to complete a professional conversation assessment with a Resolution Institute assessor where you will provide evidence about how you demonstrate the competencies for advanced accreditation.
- You will need to provide evidence of attendance at:
- workshops, courses or e-lectures relating to mediation of at least 25 hours over the past 2 years; or
- workshops, courses or e-lectures relating to mediation for at least 12.5 hours and taught that process for at least 12.5 hours.
Every three years we'll send you a reminder to apply for renewal of your advanced accreditation. To maintain your accreditation you'll need to show us that you've met continuous professional development (CPD) requirements over the three years:
- mediated at least 75 hours; AND
- attended workshops, courses or e-lectures relating to mediation of at least 25 hours; or
- attended workshops, courses or e-lectures relating to mediation for at least 12.5 hours and taught that process for at least 12.5 hours.
Any CPD you complete with us will automatically be recorded on our CPD tracker. You can also add other CPD you complete. Recording CPD as you go makes renewing your accreditations much easier.
Continuing Fellow membership of Resolution Institute is required to retain Resolution Institute Advanced Accreditation.
IMI is an international organisation that promotes high standards in mediation practice across all fields, worldwide. Resolution Institute is the only body in Australia and New Zealand that can approve mediators for IMI certification. See www.imimediation.org for more information about IMI .