Irena Vanenkova outlined the upcoming IMI mediator competency certification scheme at a plenary session of the Australian National Mediation Conference, the first to be held since Australia introduced National Mediation Standards on January 1st 2008. To download the presentation slides, please click here. In his comments closing the Conference, Hon. Justice Murray Kellam AO, Chair of the Australian National ADR Advisory Council (NADRAC), offered the following comment to those still doubtful about the need for competency standards for mediators: “With the standards in place the opportunities for development are significant. For example, the National Mediator Accreditation System is broadly compatible with the proposed international standards established by the International Mediation Institute and it is important for Australian mediators to have a clear path to international recognition. The National Mediator Accreditation System will assist mediators to do this. It is time for mediators from all walks of life to look at the common goal first and to their individual goals and positions second. We all have to give a little so we can reap the benefits.”
How Mediators Can Obtain Professional Certification
Dispute Resolution Journal (August/October 2008 Edition) carries an article by Judith Meyer, Co-Vice Chair of IMI’s Independent Standards Commission, and Michael Leathes, executive director of IMI – How Mediators Can Obtain Professional Certification And Thereby Elevate Their Profession: A look at IMI’s voluntary credentialing program.