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Gain the skills and accreditation needed to become a nationally accredited mediator, family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP), or both.
We're the only Queensland provider that offers an on-campus family mediation clinic so you can complete your required hours of supervised FDRP practice with real families, assisted by an experienced and accredited FDRP.
Mediators resolve disputes in a range of diverse fields, including legal, building and construction, workplace, educational and consumer settings. Family dispute resolution practitioners work with separating families to resolve issues relating to children, property and finances.
Members of the law profession (including commercial, building and construction, family, elder law, native title and neighbourhood law) and experienced professionals with a special interest in mediation.
Mediators can come from diverse backgrounds and experience, and you can become a nationally accredited mediator or family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) regardless of your previous qualifications, provided you complete the required courses and successfully complete required assessment. If you have an undergraduate degree in law, social work, or psychology, or postgraduate qualifications in conflict management or dispute resolution, you may not need to complete all courses to obtain your FDRP accreditation.
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We offer four short courses. We reserve the right to cancel courses where there are low registrations.
Which courses you need to complete depends on the accreditation you want to gain, and your previous qualifications. The supervised practice requirements for family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation are increasing from 6 June 2017. See details for full accreditation requirements.
This program is exempt from GST.
QUT staff receive a 10% discount on Mediation (course 1) and Family dispute resolution (course 3).
Solicitors may be eligible for up to 5 continuing professional development (CPD) points per course. Barristers may be eligible for 1 CPD point per hour of attendance.
If you're registered to take a course as CPD , you must attend all classes. The accreditation requirements will only be satisfied by 100% class attendance.
There is no written assessment component for CPD participants unless specified in the course outline.
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 (LWN206) and Family dispute resolution (LWN204) as units in our Master of Laws or individually as a single-unit study student. The national mediation assessment course and Family mediation practice aren't available as units for postgraduate or visiting students.
For information about Family mediation practice, contact the course lecturer, Ms Jennifer Felton.
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 mediation courses are co-presented by:
You will receive all course notes as well as access to online teaching facilities, the QUT Library and QUT Law Library.
Before you register, we recommend reading the accreditation requirements and checking course prerequisites to determine the appropriate mediation course for your needs. The accreditation requirements will only be satisfied by 100% class attendance.
If you want to mediate in a civil area of law, you should become a nationally accredited mediator under the national accreditation scheme, set out by the Mediator Standards Board.
To become nationally accredited you must complete:
Once you have completed these two courses and passed your national assessment, you can apply to become a national accredited mediator with an accrediting body such as the Bar Association, Australian Mediation Association or Resolution Institute.
If you want to become an accredited family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) and be able to issue section 60I certificates, the courses you need to complete depend on your existing qualifications. Regardless of your previous qualifications, you must complete the required amount of supervised practice.
If you have an undergraduate degree in law, social work or psychology, or postgraduate qualifications in conflict management or dispute resolution, you need to complete:
You must then complete the required amount of supervised practice, which you can do through our Family mediation practice course (course 4) or by organising your own supervision.
If you don't have an undergraduate degree in law, social work or psychology, or postgraduate qualifications in conflict management or dispute resolution, you need to complete:
If you're already a nationally accredited mediator, you need to complete:
If you have completed a mediation course, you need to complete:
You can then undertake your national mediation assessment on day 5 of Family dispute resolution (course 3), provided you will have completed both a mediation course and Family dispute resolution (course 3) within 24 months of each other.
Regardless of your previous qualifications, you must complete the required amount of supervised practice to be eligible to apply for accreditation as an FDRP. You can do this through our Family mediation practice course (course 4) or by organising your own supervision.
If you complete all of the necessary mediation courses and your supervised practice before 6 June 2017, you need to complete 10 hours of supervised practice.
The supervised FDRP practice requirements will increase on 6 June 2017. If you complete some or all of your mediation courses after 6 June 2017 or some of your supervised practice after 6 June 2017, you will need to complete more knowledge requirements and 50 hours of supervised practice.
You may also be able to meet the prerequisite requirements if you've completed equivalent courses at other institutions (e.g. Bond University or College of Law).
This course includes how to:
Prerequisites: successful completion of Mediation (course 1).
You will complete:
After successfully completing the Mediation (course 1) and this course, you will be eligible to apply to become a nationally accredited mediator with an organisation such as the Bar Association, Australian Mediation Association or the Resolution Institute, provided you satisfy the requirements of the particular organisation, including obtaining mediator insurance.
This course covers the academic requirements of family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation, in addition to Mediation (course 1). It includes:
Prerequisites: successful completion of Mediation (course 1), the national mediator assessment course (course 2), and Family dispute resolution (course 3).
Our Family mediation practice course will enable you to complete your supervised practice, which is a prerequisite to applying for family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation. You will mediate family law parenting disputes with real families at the QUT Family Mediation Service on our Kelvin Grove campus, under the supervision of an experienced and accredited FDRP .
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.
To receive the 10% discount for QUT staff, email Continuing Professional Education before registering to request a VIP 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.