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Gain the skills and accreditation needed to become a nationally accredited mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), or both.
Mediators use a structured negotiation process and conflict resolution skills to resolve disputes in diverse areas, including in legal, consumer, building and construction, workplace, education, neighbourhood and health provider settings.
Family dispute resolution practitioners (FDRPs) work with separating families to resolve issues relating to children, property and finances. We are one of the few FDRP training providers offering courses that enable you to complete your 50 hours of supervised practice. We have an on-campus Family Mediation Service where we assist separating couples to make decisions about their children, property and financial arrangements. In our FDRP program you can complete 20 hours of your required hours of supervised practice in this service, assisted by experienced and accredited FDRPs.
The courses you need to complete depends on the type of accreditation you are seeking. For full details of the course content see the details tab.
You should complete course 1 (LWN206 Mediation) if you want to mediate in a civil area of the law, or if you are planning on using your mediation and conflict resolution skills to assist to resolve disputes in a range of contexts, such as in building and construction, consumer, workplace, education or health provider settings.
National accreditation is required or is an advantage for people seeking to mediate for some courts, tribunals, government departments and specialist mediation panels.
You need to complete courses 1a and 2 and pass your national mediation assessment on the second day of course 2. You must complete the 2-day national mediation assessment course within a 24 month period, as is a requirement of the National Mediation Approval Standards. You then apply to an accrediting body for nationally accreditation.
This accreditation scheme is overseen by the National Mediator Standards Board. To become accredited you will be responsible for your application, mediator insurance and any other costs. To retain your national accreditation you will generally need to complete 25 hours of mediations and 25 hours of continuing professional development in each 2 year cycle.
FDRPs mediate parenting disputes between separated couples and can issue s60I certificates. They may also mediate property and financial issues. The FDRP accreditation process is overseen by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. Entry to these courses is available if you meet one of these criteria:
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Family mediation practice (LWN210)
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If you are seeking entry to the FDR courses based on the basis of national mediation accreditation and are not yet nationally accredited you will need to complete course 1a and 2, then course 1b before undertaking the further courses.
This program is exempt from GST.
QUT staff, students and alumni receive a 10% discount on Mediation (course 1a & 1b), National mediation assessment (course 2), Family dispute resolution (course 3), and Case management (course 4).
Solicitors and barristers may receive continuing professional development (CPD) points for each course. Contact the Queensland Law Society or the Bar Association to find out how many CPD points they will allocate.
If you're registered to take a course as CPD , you must attend all classes and complete all online modules, where relevant. The mediation accreditation requirements will only be satisfied by 100% class attendance and 100% of online completion, where relevant.
If you complete these courses as a continuing professional education short course participant, you won't be eligible for credit towards postgraduate study at QUT.
You can complete Mediation (course 1a) and the National Mediation Assessment course (combined in LWN206), Family dispute resolution (LWN204), Case management (LWN209), and Family Mediation Practice (LWN210) as units in our Master of Laws or Master of Applied Law or as a single-unit study student.
For information about all other course content and assessment, contact the course lecturer, Donna Cooper.
For registration or payments queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.
Our presenters combine teaching and academic experience with industry experience. All of our presenters and mediation coaches are currently practicing as mediators.
Our mediation courses are presented by:
Our FDRP supervisors and mediation coaches include:
You will receive access to online teaching facilities, the QUT Library and QUT Law Library.
The course content includes how to:
Successful completion of Mediation (course 1a) Or
Successful completion of course 1b and courses 3 and 4
You will complete:
After successfully completing Mediation course 1a or Mediation course 1b and courses 3 and 4 and passing your national mediation assessment, you will be eligible to apply to become a nationally accredited mediator with an organisation such as the Bar Association, Queensland Law Society, Australian Mediation Association or the Resolution Institute, provided you pay the requisite fees and satisfy the the additional requirements of the particular organisation, including holding current mediator insurance.
This study is only open to people who have completed Mediation (course 1a or 1b) and meet one of the following criteria:
This course includes:
You must have completed:
This course consolidates your knowledge and skills in family dispute resolution and working with families in conflict. You'll participate in simulated intake and suitability assessments and family dispute resolution processes including in parenting and financial cases.
The final 20 hours of supervised practice can be completed either by:
Our Family mediation practice course will enable you to complete 20 hours of your supervised practice, which is a prerequisite to applying for family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation. You will mediate family law disputes with real families at the QUT Family Mediation Service on our Kelvin Grove campus, under the supervision of an experienced and accredited FDRPs .
Duration: 20 hours
Cost: $100 assessment fee
To meet the prerequisites for the supervision arrangement, you must complete:
Once you've completed Case management (course 4) you may elect to complete your remaining 20 hours of supervised placement in a practice setting such as in a Family Relationships Centre or other community mediation service.
You must organise your own placement for 20 hours of supervised FDR practice. You must submit a completed FDR supervised placement approval form in advance of your first FDR supervised session. There is a $100 assessment fee that you'll need to pay when you submit your form.
You will be required to submit a supervision report for each supervised FDR session, as well as a learning journal.
Your supervisor will need to provide a report to the QUT Law School certifying that you've completed 20 hours of supervised family dispute resolution sessions. We will only issue a certificate of completion of the family dispute resolution practitioner requirements once you've completed the required 20 hours of supervised practice and provided a satisfactory supervisor report.
Duration: 50 hours
Once you've completed the Family dispute resolution (course 3) you may elect to complete your remaining 50 hours of supervised placement in a practice setting such as in a Family Relationships Centre or other community mediation service.
You must organise your own placement for 50 hours of supervised FDR practice. You must submit a completed FDR supervised placement approval form in advance of your first FDR supervised session.
You supervisor will need to provide a report to the QUT Law School certifying that you've completed 50 hours of supervised family dispute resolution mediations. We will only issue a certificate of completion of the family dispute resolution practitioner requirements once you've completed the required 50 hours of supervised practice and provided a satisfactory supervisor report.
When you register for the course, you will create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.
You will be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.
FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.
FEE-HELP is only available if you enroll in these units under Master of Laws or Master of Applied Law.
To receive the 10% discount for QUT staff, students and alumni, email Continuing Professional Education before registering to request a discount code. QUT staff must use their QUT email account.
To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the course manager, Continuing Professional Education.
If you cancel 10 business days before the course commences, you will receive a partial refund, i.e. full amount minus a non-refundable $100 registration fee. No registration refunds will be made after this time.
We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.