A family dispute resolution practitioner (FDRP) is an independent person who helps people affected by separation or divorce to resolve their parenting disputes. It is compulsory for couples to attend an FDR practitioner prior to attending the Family Court of Australia. For this reason, FDRPs are in high demand throughout Australia and is an excellent career path for mediation professionals.
To be qualified as an FDR practitioner you must meet the accreditation standards in the Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008. The Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution will meet this requirement and allow the FDRP to issue section 60I certificates, which are required by the Family Court of Australia.
The accreditation requirements are based on the CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution, which is regulated by the Department of Education. The actual accreditation is issued by the Attorney General’s Department. The full CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution is based on 10 units of study consisting of 6 core units and 4 elective units. For more information on unit content, please see: www.training.gov.au .
The Attorney General’s Department standards for accreditation requires applicants to have either the CHC8115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution, or, 6 core units of the CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution coupled with an appropriate Bachelors Degree or NMAS accreditation. The final option is to have completed a qualification approved by the AG office and deemed to be “equivalent” to 6 core units of the CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution coupled with an appropriate Bachelors Degree or NMAS accreditation.
A career in FDR can be a very rewarding occupation. It is an extraordinary assistance to the community and deeply needed throughout Australia. Although many professionals who qualify as family dispute resolution practitioners (FDRPs) choose to become self employed private practitioners, there are also many full and part time positions available that offer great career choices.
For more information on the CHC8115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution and becoming an FDRP,
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