This rigorous five-day course is delivered by the Society of Mediators and follows the required Civil Mediation Council and CIArb-recognised 40-hour mix of practical workshops, interactive teaching and practical case studies, during which attendees take various active roles including as mediator.

16-20 December, 9:00 - 18:30
In-person, London

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16 - 20 December 2024, 9:00 - 18:30
Event Type
Training course
in-Person, London

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About the course

This course is delivered by the Society of Mediators.

As well as practical knowledge and roleplay sessions, Foundation Mediation training provides stimulating and demanding reading, reflection, and development through what feedback describes as one of the finest, most immersive and compelling training courses available.

What the session covers

What you'll gain from the training

  • The ability to safely conduct a civil and commercial mediation
  • A full toolkit of mediation skills recognised internationally
  • Higher-level negotiation skills, knowledge, and insights
  • The opportunity to practice these skills under close coaching
  • Full Foundation Training ahead of any later specialisation
  • Access to long-term mentoring and ethical guidance and support
  • Certification as a Society of Mediators recognised mediator
  • Accreditation as a Civil Mediation Council civil and commercial mediator
  • Recognition by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Recognition by the Bar Council as having passed its approved course
  • Personal feedback and development advice from skilled course tutors
  • 40 hours of relevant CPD

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This course is provided by the Society of Mediators and is VAT exempt, so the above fees are the final cost.


40 hours

Assessment and examination

As this course is the pathway to accreditation and is also recognised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, every delegate will be assessed and examined. The open-book examination is independently marked.  Barristers will also be subject to continual assessment, including a final assessment mediation undertaken by independent experienced assessors who have not taught on that course. 

In the event of the required standard not being met, barristers will be invited back for further work and assessment at no additional cost. Generally, at least 90% of barristers pass the course on the first occasion.  

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Paperless training packs

To minimise environmental impact and the amount of paper you have to carry with you, Bar Council training packs are paperless. As a delegate you will receive the materials you need for the training by email in advance, which you can access on your laptop or tablet or print in advace if required. 
Throughout the training, there will be references to various Bar Council guidance or external documents which are included as a hyperlink within the attendee workbook.

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