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Becoming a Mediator

Thank you for your interest in becoming an FMC Accredited Family Mediator. This page explains the training and other formal requirements that you must meet in order to register as a mediator with the FMC and work towards accreditation. Before embarking on training, we recommend you read this carefully, as well as researching the profession and considering how you will set up in practice. You may wish to talk to existing family mediators to understand their experiences – you can read about how some mediators came to the profession in our Meet the Mediator series here.

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.

Get in touch

We endeavour to put all the information you need on this website but if you need further advice then we can be reached by email at info@familymediationcouncil.org.uk or by telephone on 01707 594055 between 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday.