To become an accredited family mediator, you first need to attend an FMC approved foundation training course. After this, you can register with the FMC as working towards accreditation, and then start work to build up a portfolio of evidence that you meet the competencies outlined in the FMC standards framework.For more detailed guidance on how to become a mediator, take a look at this. If you would like to learn more about the timescales and estimated costs involved, then you can find that here.
A list of approved foundation training providers and their future courses can be found here.
Once you have completed your training, you must:
- join an FMC Member organisation;
- find a Professional Practice Consultant (PPC). A PPC is an experienced mediator who has full accreditation and has fulfilled a number of requirements set by the FMSB (Family Mediation Standards Board). They work with mediators working towards accreditation to guide them through the process of producing their portfolio. You cannot gain accreditation without one. Mediators with accreditation retain links with their PPC and meet for a minimum number of hours per year and this in part enables them to remain accredited. See here for a list of PPCs with capacity to take on mediators working towards accreditation; and
- register with the FMC as working towards accreditation.
You may then start work on your portfolio for submission. The full process of how to work on your portfolio can be found here.
A more detailed explanation of the requirements between training and accreditation, as well as the post-accreditation requirements, can be found by reading more about the FMC’s professional standards.
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