How to become a family mediator
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- applying directly
- training with a professional association
You could do a degree or postgraduate diploma to get some of the skills you need for this job.
Relevant subjects include:
- social work
You'll improve your job prospects if you take an accredited training programme after university. The programme has to be approved by the Family Mediation Council (FMC).
Training programmes include:
- a taught course
- practical experience
- support to build a portfolio
In addition to a degree, training providers may expect you to have experience dealing with conflict and managing relationships.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You might find it easier to join a training course if you volunteer to work with families at places such as:
- family support centres
- counselling services
- child contact centres
- local community mediation services
You can apply for a job as a trainee family mediator if you have a higher education qualification and experience in law, social work or counselling.
When you apply, you'll need to show you have the right personal qualities and skills to be a family mediator.
You've also got the option to train with a professional association.
Each association sets their own criteria to join but most will expect you to have experience from paid work or volunteering.
Professional associations that offer training include:
Many people become a family mediator as a second career. Employers will like it if you have life experience and evidence of supporting people with challenging problems.
You can get more advice about working in family mediation from the Family Mediation Council.