Training your mediators

The certificated course, The Professional Workplace Mediator is the UK’s most popular workplace mediation training course and is the UK’s national qualification in mediation at work. It’s available as an in-house course and on a public basis.

Becoming a competent workplace mediator is harder than it may seem and successful completion of this programme is a genuine endorsement of mediator skills and abilities.

A workplace mediator has to help others have difficult, often demanding conversations.  A workplace mediator has to put aside their own judgements and problem-solving instincts, and find a supportive and facilitative way of relating to others.   This is why we spend 40 hours in classroom training, and offer 12 months phone and email support afterwards, as well as free support and free CPD webinars for mediators.

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The best training programme I have ever been on! I enjoyed the training as it made me think differently I feel my approach to many types of meetings will be very different and I will handle them better. It has taught me to remain more neutral and more about my role in encouraging conversation. The training was novel, fun, challenging and quite unique.

ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Senior Manager Highlands and Islands Council

The trainer for my Advanced Mediation course was excellent, flexible and got completely to the point – with thorough discussions: an excellent trainer.

Advanced Mediation Skills Training Delegate, LecturerUniversity of Bradford

This was very useful and has motivated me to do the Achieving Mediation Excellence audit

Mediation Service Set-up Project Lead and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator and Advanced Mediation Skills Delegate, Service Managera Higher Education Institute

The mediation training provided by CMP was excellent in both context and format, and both challenging and enjoyable to all those staff who participated. It has certainly opened our eyes to the potential that mediation provides in resolving neighbour disputes and conflict management in other areas of housing work.

Mediation Skills Training Delegate, Tenancy Enforcement Team LeaderCity of Lincoln Council

A highly interactive and participative course; just what we wanted. The trainer was very experienced, using personal anecdotes to make scenarios ‘come alive’.

Mediation Service Set-up Commissioner and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, Mediation LeadThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This mediation training course was extremely thought provoking and has equipped me with skills beyond the mediator role. The trainer was clearly very knowledgeable and experienced – many thanks

Mediation Skills Training Delegate, HR ManagerHighlands and Islands Enterprise

I know my fellow staff mediators would find this advanced mediation training as interesting as I did. The trainer’s depth of knowledge and experience was critical.

Advanced Mediation Skills Training Delegate, Staff Mediatora Public Sector Institute

Our SMT found the training to be extremely helpful. The programme was customised to meet our specific needs. We were pleased with the balance of theory, case studies and role play, which enabled us to test our new skills in a safe environment.

Mediation and Conflict Management Skills Training Commissioner and Delegate, Senior ManagerWelsh Assembly

All delegates, without exception, thoroughly enjoyed the course, both content, interest, and the way in which the trainer delivered the programme. The course was challenging and they all feel they have a new set of professional tools that will help them. Well done to CMP; our thanks to all those who worked to make this happen.

Mediation Service Set-up Project Lead and ILM Professional Workplace Mediator Delegate, HRO - Crime CommandNorfolk Constabulary

Our SMT found the training extremely helpful. The mediation training programme was customised to meet our specific needs and we were pleased with the balance of theory, case studies and role play, which enabled us to test our new mediation skills in a safe environment.

Mediation Skills Training Delegate, Training and Skills CoordinatorShetland Islands Council

Selecting and recruiting your mediators

If you’re thinking about training people to become mediators in your organisation, you will want to know that you’re putting the best people forward. This is particularly true if the course – like CMP Resolutions – is externally assessed and can be ‘failed’.

This paper will enable you to make the best recruitment and selection of your mediators.

Selecting and recruiting your in-house mediators

Selecting the right mediation course for your needs

If you’re looking for mediation training, you’ll want to ensure you get the right learning to achieve your goals. Training HR to make more use of mediation needs a different course from giving managers the skills to do ‘mediation-lite’ with their teams; which is different again from the amount of learning needed to work as a professional mediator.

Download this overview of the different levels of training available from CMP Resolutions, and what each course enables the learner to do.

Selecting the right mediation course