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Foundation family mediation training programme, starting 1 October 2019

Family Mediation Council approved foundation training course

Welcome to the NFM Foundation Training Programme

Before you can register for the full NFM Foundation Training Programme you will need to attend our one-day preparation course “Training as a Family Mediator: NFM Introduction Day”. You will find details of current dates and opportunities on our ‘courses’ page. Attendance counts towards your NFM Foundation Training Programme.

About the NFM Foundation Training Programme

It takes place over four modules over approximately four months. We understand changing career and learning new skills can be challenging , especially if you are juggling an already-busy schedule. That is why we have structured our course to aid your learning but to ensure you still achieve the highest quality of training, skill and qualification to enable you to become an effective mediator.

The course is structured so that it uses a range of teaching styles and techniques. Some work is completed through distance learning using our online facilities. This gives you flexibility to undertake the tasks and assignments at a time and pace most suited to your needs.

You will however have to complete the distance learning modules before attending the classroom/group work modules. The distance learning modules take around 20 hours per module to complete, and we allow approximately 30 days for each module. The classroom modules follow the distance learning programme and give you an opportunity to put theory into practice.

Throughout the course you will be given access to our expert trainers, all of whom are experienced family mediators and accredited trainers.

Each module is aimed at giving you the skills and knowledge you will need to start your new career. Each module covers new ground so that by the end of the course you will have a complete understanding of the work of family mediators.

For full content detail of each module please see the ‘Event Course Materials’ below.

It is essential that you attend all four modules. There are occasions when exceptional circumstances prevent completion of the four modules, however experience shows that trainees who progress as prescribed complete the course with a much better grasp of the skills and work of family mediators than those who, for whatever reason, have to break the continuity of the programme. Please see our terms and conditions for more information.

All modules are assessed, and at the end of the course you will be provided with an assessment of your performance with an outline of your areas of strength and areas for future development.

We will provide you with support to help you pass the course. In the unlikely event that you do not not pass the course you will be given opportunities to improve in the areas identified by the trainers. Please see our FAQs for more information.

Completing the NFM Foundation Training Programme is the first part in training to be a mediator. Thereafter you will be required to submit a portfolio to the Family Mediation Council (FMC) to achieve full accreditation. You will need to undertake an extended period of supervised casework practice, working with a Professional Practice Consultant (PPC) and/or co-mediator in accordance with the Family Mediation Council Standards and Self-Regulatory Framework.

You will have up to three years to complete this supervised practice from the end of your training.

Please read the training criteria requirements before applying for this course.  You must also have the ability to understand and use an adequate level of written and spoken English.  Unless you are proposing to work exclusively with a community whose native language is not English, this will need to be at a native or near native level at the point of accreditation (CEFR Level C2).

If you have any further questions about this training programme, you may find the answers on our training FAQs page here.

If you are ready to register for the NFM Foundation Training Programme, please see available course dates below, and complete the booking form at the foot of this page.

Opportunities for work post-training

At NFM we offer a limited number of training contracts. Once you have successfully completed the NFM Foundation Training Programme you will be eligible to apply. More information about the scheme is available in the training programme itself. If you work for NFM or with an NFM member service you will automatically achieve membership of NFM. NFM is a founding member of The Family Mediation Council. To be able to register with the FMC you must first belong to a member organisation. More information about registration with the FMC is available in the training programme.

2019 / 20 course dates:

Autumn/Winter 2019-2020
• Module 1 – Distance learning (20 hours) – to be issued 1st October 2019
• Module 2 – 14th – 16th November 2019 in London (classroom/group work)
• Module 3 – Distance learning (20 hours) – to be issued 1st December 2019
• Module 4 –16th – 18th January 2020 in London (classroom/group work)

The cost for this full training programme is £2,425 per person and a deposit of £770 is required to secure a place. Full payment must be made before the start of the course. If you are unable to attend all of the dates as published additional charges may apply.

To book a place please complete the online booking form below

To find out more call 0300 4000 636 or email

Event Course Materials

Please take the time to download and review these documents for the course.


INVOICE DETAILS (if different from above)



Are you available to attend ALL the Family Mediation Training Programme dates as advertised? * :
Are you available to undertake a minimum of 40 hours distance learning/self-study at the advertised time periods IN ADVANCE of the face to face training days? * :
Are you able to understand and use written and spoken English to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level C2 or equivalent? * :
Do you have any special needs that may affect your ability to learn, undertake assessed tasks/activities and/or fully participate in the programme? * :
If you answered YES, please give full details:


I will pay the deposit of £770 deposit on receipt of the invoice and I will pay the remainder of the £2,425 to National Family Mediation prior to course commencement * :
I confirm I am available to attend all the advertised training dates * :
I confirm I can undertake a minimum of 40 hours’ distance learning/self-study at the advertised time periods * :
I confirm I have given full details of any special needs that may affect my ability to fully participate in the programme * :
I have completed the registration form * :

Payment can be made by BACs: ref invoice number or your surname to: CAF Bank, Account name: National Family Mediation, sort code: 40-52-40, account name: 00023303