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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.
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We offer five 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 8 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 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, Queensland Law Society, 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 are already a nationally accredited mediator and hold current national mediator accreditation with an accrediting body such as the Queensland Law Society, Bar Association, Australian Mediation Association or the Resolution Institute (and can provide a copy of your national accreditation certificate) you need to complete:
If you are not currently a nationally accredited mediator you need to complete:
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:
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.
You must either:
This course covers the academic requirements of family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) accreditation, in addition to Mediation (course 1). It includes:
This course together with the Mediation, National mediation assessment and Family dispute resolution courses covers 30 hours of the supervised practice requirements.
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 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 .
Regardless of your current qualifications you must complete 50 hours of supervised practice before becoming an accredited FDRP. You can complete your prior mediation courses in the QUT Law School or at another organisation like the College of Law or Bond University.
There are several options for completing your 50 hours of supervision:
Duration: 20 hours
Cost: $100 assessment fee
To meet the prerequisites for the supervision arrangement, you must either:
Once you've completed the Family dispute resolution practitioner clinic (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 your submit your form.
You will be required to submit a supervision report for each supervised FDR session, as well as a learning journal.
You supervisor will need to provide a report to the QUT Law School certifying that you've completed 20 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 20 hours of supervised practice provided a satisfactory supervisor report.
Duration: 50 hours
Cost: $200 assessment fee
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. There is a $200 assessment fee that you'll need to pay when your submit your form.
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 provided a satisfactory supervisor report.
Email Continuing Professional Education to register your interest for future courses, and we'll contact you when dates are confirmed and registrations open.
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.