Becoming a Mediator

Becoming an Accredited Mediator

The accreditation process is standard across Australia and is administered by Recognised Mediator Accreditation Bodies (RMABs). Applicants need to meet threshold training, education and assessment requirements as described in the Approval Standards which form part of the National Mediator Accreditation System.

How do I become accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)

Gaining NMAS accreditation - Step 1

Step 1:

Complete a training program

You will need to complete a mediator training program that meets the training threshold requirements set out in the NMAS Approval Standards (Part I, Section 2.3).
Click here to find an approved training organisation.

Gaining NMAS accreditation - Step 2

Step 2:

Achieve Competent Grading In An Assessment

Once you have completed your training course, you need to achieve a competent grading in an assessment conducted in acordance with the NMAS Approval Standards (Part I, Section 2.4).
Click here to find an organisation that provides an assessment process.

Gaining NMAS accreditation - Step 3

Step 3:

Apply To An RMAB

Once you have received notification of your successful assessment you need to apply to a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) for accreditation within 6 months. Your RMAB will advise you of additional requirements such as character references and professional indemnity insurance.
Click here to find a RMAB.

Gaining NMAS accreditation - Step 4

Step 4:

Your Name Will Be Added To The National Register

The RMAB that has approved your application for accreditation will enter your name on the National Register. Your accreditation will remain valid for a 2 year period unless you cease to comply with the NMAS. The public can verify your status by searching the Register of Nationally Accredited Mediators.

Finding a RMAB

Some factors which may influence your choice of RMAB include:
  • some RMABs only provide accreditation for mediators that they employ or are on their panel; others provide accreditation for mediators from a broader range of business, government, community and other environments.
  • the accessibility of the RMAB in relation to your location.
  • types of services you offer (your area of specialisation and expertise).
  • access to services provided by the RMAB.
  • education and professional development opportunities offered by the RMAB.

A mediator may be accredited by only one RMAB but can be a member of other RMABs.

To find an RMAB or a training organistation please visit the MSB Member List.

VIEW THE MSB MEMBER LIST

The Standards

Two standards apply to mediators: the Approval Standards for mediators seeking initial or renewal of accreditation under the NMAS, and the Practice Standards for accredited mediators practising on a day to day basis.

Maintaining Accreditation

How do I maintain accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS)

Maintaining NMAS accreditation - Step 1

Step 1:

Keep your mediation skills and knowledge current

In order to renew your accreditation you are required to complete 25 hours of mediation practice and 25 hours of professional development every 2 years. You are also required to maintain good character and professional indemnity insurance.
Click here to find an approved training organisation.

Maintaining NMAS accreditation - Step 2

Step 2:

Keep your contact details up to date

It is important that you keep your contact details up to date with your RMAB so that the MSB database is kept up to date. You will not receive any auto generated MSB email alerts such as the 2 month expiry reminders if your contact details are not current The MSB email alerts will direct you to make contact with your RMAB.

Maintaining NMAS accreditation - Step 3

Step 3:

Complete the renewal form provided by the RMAB

Include your current insurance coverage, and sufficient detail to demonstrate that you have met the minimum requirements of 25 hours mediation and 25 hours CPD in the previous 2 year period. The renewal form must be accompanied by the renewal fee payable to your RMAB.

Maintaining NMAS accreditation - Step 4

Step 4:

Your accreditation wil be updated for another 2 years

The RMAB that has processed your application for renewal of accreditation will ensure that your name remains on the National Register. The same requirements for renewal of accreditation will apply in the next 2 year cycle.

Registration Fee for Nationally Accredited Members

The registration fee of $100 including GST is payable at the time of accreditation or re-accreditation for a two-year period. This means that all those within the mediation profession and field who have an interest in a robust system of national accreditation are contributing to its ongoing maintenance, administration and development.