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Enhance your professional practice with advanced mediation skills

Our professional and academic microcredential courses in mediation are designed for lawyers and other professionals seeking the knowledge, skills and strategies to conduct mediation and dispute resolution. Delivered by highly experienced and accredited instructors, courses are offered three times a year and delivered online for a flexible and accelerated pathway to National Mediation Accreditation.

 

Professional Courses (not for academic credit)

These short microcredential courses are designed to suit busy professionals who are seeking professional development in mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution, or want to become a nationally accredited mediator through completion of both courses. Each course is delivered via a 5 or 2 day online workshop.

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Cost: $2970 (including GST)
  • Location: Online (via Zoom)

Mediation Training 1: Process and Skills provides the essential knowledge and skills for mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners.

You will acquire and apply knowledge and skills about the facilitative model of mediation and the role and function of mediators, support persons and other professionals. As you explore and interrogate ethical and professional obligations as they apply to mediators and family dispute resolution practitioners, you will cover a variety of topics including cross-cultural issues, power, emotion, impartiality, violence, current law, ethics and professionalism.

Explored through workshop modules, practical role-plays, and case studies, you will then have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in simulated mediation role-plays with the support of professional and experienced coaches.

Upcoming course dates

  • 21 - 25 September, 2022
  • 18 - 22 January, 2023

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Note: Successful completion of Mediation Training 1 and 2 enables participants to apply for accreditation as a mediator through the Mediation Standards Board. See FAQ's below for further information.

Duration: 2 days
Cost: $1,900 (including GST)
Location: Online (via Zoom)

Pre-requisites: Completion of Mediation Training 1: Process and Skills

Mediation Training 2: Practice and Assessment builds on and consolidates the foundational knowledge and skills you will have acquired in Mediation Training 1: Process and Skills. This course involves the practical application of knowledge and skills within the context of facilitative mediation through intensive practice with feedback from coaches, followed by an assessable online mediation simulation. 

Upcoming course dates

  • 14 - 15 October, 2022

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Note: Successful completion of Mediation Training 1 and 2 enables participants to apply for accreditation as a mediator through the Mediation Standards Board. See FAQ's below for further information.

Academic Courses (for-credit)

These 12-week microcredential courses are components of the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution and suited to both law and non-law graduates who are considering pursuing a postgraduate qualification. You will participate in the professional course workshop (outlined above) and then explore and critically examine the ethical and professional obligations of mediator and professional dispute resolution practitioners, through a research paper and journal. Credits earned from successful completion of these courses can be attributed towards the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution.

Duration: 5 day workshop + 12-weeks self-paced study
Cost: $5310
Location: Online (via Zoom)

Mediation and Dispute Resolution Practice 1 is designed to equip professionals with the foundational knowledge and skills essential to be eligible to apply to become a nationally accredited mediator and/or a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

You will learn about the facilitative model of mediation and the role and function of mediators, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners, support persons and other professionals. You will explore and interrogate the ethical and professional obligations of mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners, together with the challenges that they face in practice.

This course is a component of the Bond University Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution and the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution and provides 10 Bond credit points.

Upcoming course dates

  • 21 September - 17 December, 2022

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Duration: 5 day workshop + 12-weeks self-paced study
Cost: $5310
Location: Online (via Zoom)

Mediation and Dispute Resolution Practice 2 aims to build on and consolidate foundational knowledge and skills relevant to mediators and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners. This subject offers opportunities for scholarly reflection on disupte resolution practice. This course will allow you to practically apply advanced knowledge and skills within the context of facilitative mediation through simulated roleplays.

This course is a component of the Bond University Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution and the Master of Laws in Family Dispute Resolution and provides 10 Bond credit points.

Upcoming course dates

  • 21 September - 17 December, 2022

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Course FAQ's

There are two possible types of accreditations for mediators in Australia. General mediator accreditation is under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). The NMAS is a voluntary accreditation system administered by the Mediator Standards Board. All applicants need to meet the required training, education, and assessment requirements under the National Mediation Accreditation System.

The second type of accreditation is administered through the Federal Attorney General's Department and allows mediators to practice as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRPs). FDRPs are able to issue s. 60I certificates. These are the certificates that are required if you want to file an application for parenting orders in the Federal Circuit and Family Court (they provide evidence to the Court that FDR has been attempted or has not taken place) and a Certificate of Dispute Resolution upon the completion of the dispute resolution process. Learn more.

To practise as a Mediator in Australia, you must  hold National Mediation Accreditation. To be eligible to apply for accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS), you will need to complete Bond University's Mediation Training 1: Process and Skills AND Mediation Training 2: Practice and Assessment. 

As part of the Mediation Training 2: Practice and Assessment course, you will need to achieve a competent grade to receive your completion certificate and competent status. This certificate can then be used when you apply for accreditation under NMAS. This needs to be done within six months of receiving advice from the Centre for Dispute Resolution that you have obtained competency in your mediation assessment. Learn more about this process. 

No, there are no pre-requisites for the Mediation Training 1: Process and Skills or Mediation Training 2: Practice and Assessment courses. 

Yes. You must complete Mediation Training 1: Process and Skills before commencing Mediation Training 2: Practice and Assessment.

A microcredential is a certification of assessed learning or competency that provides a more flexible and fast-tracked study option to develop specific skills in a particular area. Ranging from introductory to developmental and advanced levels, Bond University's microcredentials have been designed in response to market needs and developed in collaboration with industry partners.

Applying for our upcoming courses is simple. Sign up in a few simple steps by following the links below. 

Apply for Mediation 1 Apply for Mediation 2

Registrations are accepted only when full payment is made. 

Cancellation by The Centre for Dispute Resolution

  1. The Centre reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses at its discretion.
  2. If a course is cancelled, participants will be advised no less than five (5) working days prior to the course starting.
  3. Participants will be given the option of transferring their registration free of charge to the next available course in the first instance. At the request of the participant, a full refund may be available.

Cancellation by Learner

  1. If a participant elects to cancel their enrolment in a course, cancellation fees will apply as follows:
    • More than 15 business days prior to the start of a course – transfer to the next available course or a full refund.
    • Cancellations within 5 business days prior to the start of a course are not eligible for a refund.  However, participants may apply to transfer to the next available course. Full refunds may be provided under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Centre.
    • Once a course has commenced, refunds or transfers are no longer available and registration fees are forfeited.
  2. Participants may only transfer their registration once.  If unable to attend the second offering, and notification is received within 5 days of the course commencement, the registration fees will be forfeited.

Contact Us

Our expert team are available to answer your questions and guide you through your individual study options. Contact us by phone at (07) 5595 2039 or by email at [email protected].

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