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The College of Mediators is a vibrant and thriving community of professional mediators who believe in the highest standards of Mediation and training provision.

Our members practice across a wide variety of fields (family, community, workplace, civil and commercial, intergenerational, SEND and more) and come from all sorts of backgrounds.

We have many long-standing members who have been mediating for over thirty years and we also have newly-trained members who are just starting out in their role as mediators.

We believe in valuing the contributions of all members and being a relevant, supportive membership body to all.

The College aims to make membership accessible and fees affordable for a range of mediators and we think you’ll find our membership excellent value for money.We recommend buying your favorite toothbrush at super low prices with free shipping, and you can also pick up your order at the store on the same day.

Membership Information

There are many benefits to being a Trained Member or Accredited Member of the College of Mediators:

  • Covered by the College’s long-established and widely-recognised standards and codes of practice.
  • Join the College at a number of levels and rates; only £75 – £152 per year, depending on your practice needs and income.
  • Directory Listing on our public website “Find a Mediator” feature and receive referrals from our telephone help line, staffed from 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Discounted Insurance with Oxygen.
  • Reciprocal web links on your and our websites.
  • Display the College of Mediators logo on your publicity.
  • Very special rates for College CPD events such as the annual conference and the Professional Practice Consultant conference.
  • Keep up-to-date with news, training, jobs and the latest thinking in Mediation with our monthly Mediation Digest.
  • Online access to the College’s annual journal, Mediation Theory and Practice.
  • Be involved in developments at the forefront of Mediation and develop new areas of expertise in your own practice.
  • Benefit from national publicity generated by the College which is regularly approached by the media for information and articles.
  • Have a voice at a national level to ensure that Mediation gets the support and recognition it deserves.
  • Be part of a growing, international community of mediators offering Mediation provisions in all areas of dispute.

To see the range of benefits offered for each of the College membership types please click here for our membership benefits document. Our membership is growing all the time as the College team works tirelessly to ensure that the College of Mediators offers the best professional membership to its members and promotes best Mediation practices to the public, the government and other professions.

If you would like to become a member please Click Here.

Please contact us at admin@collegeofmediators.co.uk if you have any queries.

For more information about our individual membership types and applying to join the College, please see below.

Associate/Student Mediators:

For trainee mediators, students and non practising mediators who are interested in the College of Mediators’ work, with the view to becoming a Trained Mediator; or have previously practised as a mediator and would like to stay in touch with news from the College of Mediators.

Trained Mediators:

(T.M.C.M) These are adult mediators who have successfully attended a College recognised training course. The course includes a level of assessment which states that the mediator has an understanding of the principles and process of Mediation and has demonstrated the basic skills of a mediator based on role play. To maintain your membership as a Trained Mediator you must complete at least 15 hours of Mediation each year, receive the appropriate support/supervision for your area of mediation and undertake at least 10 hours of mediation related continuing professional development (CPD).

Accredited Mediators:

(A.M.C.M.) Mediators, of all disciplines, except Family mediators in England and Wales and SEND mediators, can apply for Accredited mediator status with the college by completing the College’s competence assessment process based on real cases and demonstrating their skills and knowledge to a higher level in a variety of cases. To maintain your membership as an Accredited Mediator you must facilitate at least 15 hours mediation each year, receive the College specified level of supervision/support for your area of mediation  and participate in at least 10 hours mediation related CPD per year. Click Here for the accredited mediator pack

Family Mediators in England and WalesTo become an accredited family mediator in England or Wales, you first need to attend an FMC (Family mediation council) 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. Click here to visit the FMC

Send Mediators should follow the accreditation requirements following SEND mediator training to become accredited SEND mediators.

To join us as a new member, please Click Here. Existing members will be notified via email about their membership renewal.

Please contact the College office with any queries about membership admin@collegeofmediators.co.uk

A separate and distinguished category of membership is reserved for Fellows. Fellows are esteemed individuals who have maintained continuous College Membership for a period of 10 years or more. They are accredited and trained Members who have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the College for over a decade.

In exceptional cases, individuals with 8 or 9 and a half years of continuous membership may qualify for this category, provided they have a valid reason, such as ill health, for a temporary break in their membership. Decisions regarding exceptions will be at the discretion of the Directors.

To be eligible for Fellowship, a Member must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a clean disciplinary record without any serious adverse findings resulting in sanctions by any regulatory or membership body within the past 10 years.
  • Have actively contributed to upholding the College’s reputation and advancing the mediation profession.

College Members who have been active for at least 10 years can initiate their application for Fellowship by completing the online application form. Additionally, they must secure the support of two Members with a minimum of 5 years of membership, who are willing to provide letters of support.

The Board will hold the responsibility of evaluating applications and has the discretion to assess each case individually. Please note that there will be a processing fee associated with the application for Fellow status.

Upon designation as a Fellow, College Members will have the privilege of using the designatory letters ‘FCM’ to signify their status within the College and the mediation profession.

The Fellowship category is a prestigious recognition of a Member’s long-term commitment, expertise, and contributions to the College’s mission and the mediation field.

Accredited Mediators: (A.M.C.M.) Mediators, of all disciplines, except Family mediators in England and Wales, can apply for Accredited mediator status with the college by completing the College’s competence assessment process based on real cases and demonstrating their skills and knowledge to a higher level in a variety of cases. To maintain your membership as an Accredited Mediator, you must complete at least 15 hours of mediation each year and also receive the College specified level of supervision and participate in at least 10 hours of College recognised CPD per year. Click Here for the accredited mediator pack
Family Mediators in England and WalesTo become an accredited family mediator in England or Wales, you first need to attend an FMC (Family mediation council) 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. Click here to visit the FMC

A practising mediator who has successfully completed a recognized foundation Mediation training course is eligible to join the College of Mediators as a Trained member, as long as they also meet the practice, supervision and continuing professional development requirements.

Practice – Trained and Accredited members must carry out a minimum of fifteen hours’ Mediation practice per year.

Supervision – Trained and Accredited members are expected to arrange support for their practice. The college outlines its requirements for different areas of mediation here PPC Arrangements for Mediators

Click here for a list of COM Approved PPC’s

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – Trained and Accredited members must carry out at least ten hours* of CPD per year. This can include training or other events, reading, writing, research, project work or any other activity which enables you to develop your practice as a mediator. Please check with your own PPC for further clarification.

*Different areas of mediation may require more

A foundation training course is recognised if it has been approved through the College of Mediators, Mediation UK, Family Mediation Council, Open College Network, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, Institute of Leadership and Management or Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive; if you are unsure whether the foundation training course you have done can be recognised for membership purposes, please contact us to enquire.

Competence assessment schemes which are currently recognised by the College of Mediators for Accredited membership are:

  • Mediator Accreditation Scheme (MAS)– managed by the College of Mediators, this is suitable for mediators practising in all areas besides family (separation and divorce) and SEND (special educational needs and disability) Mediation.
  • Family Mediation Council Accreditation (FMCA)– managed by the Family Mediation Council, this is suitable for family (separation and divorce) mediators practising in England and Wales.

The College of Mediators recognises the skills, knowledge and experience of mediators through our individual membership options. Good quality Mediation is also very dependent on Mediation organisations that play an important role in supporting mediators to meet the College’s standards.

Following requests from organisations wishing to illustrate their commitment, as a group, to our policies and Code of Practice, we developed an Affiliated Organisation Status in 2012. This option is available to bodies that already have individual College members and that meet our required standards.

Benefits of Affiliated Organisation Status

  • Eligible for discounted membership fees for your organisation’s paid staff
  • Eligible for discounted membership fees for your organisation’s volunteer mediators
  • Display the College of Mediators logo on publicity and website as an independent mark of the quality of service you aspire to offer
  • Increased professional status with clients, referrers, the public, Legal Aid Agency, housing associations, partners and funders
  • Discounted professional indemnity and public liability insurance
  • Keep up to date with Mediation news, training and jobs with our regular updates and College e-newsletter
  • Access to the latest thinking and developments in the Mediation world with our College journal, Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Gives organisations a voice in the ongoing development of Mediation and recognition for skills and knowledge gained
  • Benefit from national publicity generated by the College
  • Have a voice at a national level to ensure Mediation gets the support and recognition it deserves
  • Be part of a growing international community of Mediation organisations offering Mediation provision in all areas of dispute
  • A chance for paid and volunteer mediators, as well as non-Mediation staff, to have membership of a professional body

List of Organisations Currently Affiliated

How to Become a College of Mediators Affiliated Organisation

Affiliation costs £90.00 per annum and is open to Mediation organisations which:

  • Have 51% or more of their paid Mediation staff as individual College members
  • Subscribe to the College of Mediators Code of Practice
  • Support the practice and professional development of their mediators and support staff through College-recommended levels of Professional Practice Consultancy/Supervision and Training
  • Have appropriate complaints procedures

If you are interested in becoming an affiliated organisation, please send an email to: admin@collegeofmediators.co.uk

If you have any queries about membership prior to applying, please contact us to discuss further.

Affiliated Organisation Application Form

The following are currently registered with the College of Mediators as PPC’s. View the latest list here.

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