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The College of Law is a registered training provider of mediator training programs, compliant with the current National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS). Our Nationally Accredited Mediator Training Program, and subsequent National Mediation Assessment, are required for completion when seeking accreditation.

The Nationally Accredited Mediator Training Program can be completed on its own, or in conjunction with the National Mediation Assessment. Both the Nationally Accredited Mediator Training Program and National Mediation Assessment must be successfully completed to obtain accreditation, under the NMAS.

Delivering this nationally accredited course entirely online allows you to participate anywhere in Australia regardless of your location.

Mediator Overview

What is a mediator?

“Mediators do not advise upon, evaluate or determine disputes. They assist in managing the process of dispute and conflict resolution whereby the participants agree upon the outcomes, when appropriate. Mediation is essentially a process that maximises the self determination of the participants. The principle of self-determination requires that mediation processes be non-directive as to content.” - Practice Standards March 2012

Who should enrol?

Individuals who are keen to add mediation to their professional skill set. Those involved in advising clients, managing staff, facilitating planning and decision-making or in handling disputes in commercial, government, and/or not-for-profit or community sectors.

Nationally Accredited Mediators generally include lawyers, managers, human resource personnel, industrial relations experts, healthcare practitioners, educators, counselors, coaches, conciliators and community engagement professionals.

Why choose the College of Law?

Our faculty of trainers, coaches and assessors include the most highly regarded mediation professionals in Australia and Asia. Since our program's 2014 implementation, we have educated over 450 mediation professionals.

How is the course delivered?

To satisfy the NMAS requirements, a mediator training course must be a minimum of 38 hours. Our Nationally Accredited Mediator Training Program is a five-day practical workshop conducted via Zoom video conferencing, that will teach you how to mediate general disputes.

In the online workshop, you will build on the knowledge gained from the online material by developing mediation skills through role-play and practice under the supervision and guidance of accredited mediation professionals.

The National Mediation Assessment is comprised of 1.5 days of intensive assessment together with online preparatory material. You will be assessed on your ability to mediate a common dispute in one role-play. Prior to the assessment, you will revisit the fundamentals of mediation theory with your facilitator and have the opportunity to ask any last minute questions.

How To Become A Mediator

STEP 1: Complete one of our Nationally accredited mediator training programs.
Learn about the theory of mediation and develop your mediation skills through role-play, practice and feedback. Find a training program.

STEP 2: Successfully complete the National mediation assessment
Unique to The College of Law, we offer a half-day of mediation theory and review to prepare you for your assessment. The assessment must be done within two years of the training course.  Find an assessment

STEP 3: You will need to submit your application to a Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB)
Once you have successfully completed your assessment, you will need to submit your application to a RMAB within six months. Find a RMAB

STEP 4: Once approved, your name will be added to the Register of Nationally Accredited Mediators.



Customised in-house mediation training

The College of Law offers customised in-house mediation training compliant with the current National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) to organisations across Australia and internationally.

Our dedicated team of expert mediation professionals can bring our mediation courses direct to your organisation, tailored to your professional needs. Whether you are after structured mediator training culminating in NMAS accreditation, or simply to offer your staff training in mediation skills, we will devise a program relevant to your organisation.

For further information or to discuss your tailored mediation program, please contact The College of Law on 02 9965 7111.


Frequently asked questions

Q: How do I become a Nationally Accredited Mediator?

A: Under the current National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), you must first complete a NMAS recognised mediator training program, and following this, successfully complete a NMAS recognised mediation assessment.

Once you have received your completion certificate and documents from your training provider, you can then select a recognised mediator accreditation body (RMAB) to register yourself with. A full list of RMAB’s can be found at https://msb.org.au/msb-member-list.

Q: How long do I have to complete a National Mediation Assessment after completing a Nationally Accredited Mediator Training Program?

A: Two years from the date of your mediator training, although we recommend completing an assessment within three months of your training program

Q: How long do I have to accredit myself with a RMAB after successful completion of a National Mediation Assessment?

A: 6 months from the date of your mediation assessment

Q: When will I receive my certificate of completion?

A: Certificates are usually issued within 2-3 weeks after completion of program/assessment.

Q: Is the College of Law a recognised mediator accreditation body (RMAB)?

A: No, The College of Law is not a RMAB. The College of Law is registered only as a mediator training provider under the NMAS.

Q: How will I get a job as a mediator once I am NMAS accredited?

A: Once you are NMAS accredited with a registered RMAB, you will be listed on the Mediation Standards Board National Register. You will then be able to promote yourself as a NMAS accredited mediator, and the public will be able to verify your accreditation by referring to the National Register..

Q: If I have already completed FDR1/DRP4 as part of Postgraduate Specialisation can I get advanced standing for the training program?

A: Yes, only for the training program, however you are still required to successfully complete the assessment.

Q: Is there a fee if I need to withdraw or transfer to another date?

A: If you withdraw 10 days prior to commencement, a full refund of the enrolment fee will be available. If you transfer or withdraw within 10 days of commencement, a fee of $400 will be applied. If you withdraw on the day of commencement you are not eligible for a refund. Should you choose retaining credit with the College as an alternative, this credit will be made available for application within 12 months. Please note the transfer/withdrawal fee of $400 will be deducted from the credit available.