Individual Membership and Registration
On 1st January 2015 the Civil Mediation Council (CMC) became a not for profit company limited by guarantee, Civil Mediation Council Limited (CML). This followed a decision in 2014 to establish a company to carry forward and develop the role of the CMC as the trusted authority for mediation in England and Wales, both in promoting mediation use more widely and in setting standards in which users of mediation can have confidence.
As an individual member you have the opportunity to help shape the future direction of CMCL by, for example, nominating candidates and voting in the election of directors to the Board (or by yourself standing for election to the Board or for appointment to one of the Board’s committees).
Membership is also open to non-mediators, reflecting the intention to involve all those who have an active interest in mediation including users, but the input and support of mediators remains critical and central.
Individual members also benefit from preferential rates when attending events organised by CMCL including the Annual Conference which is being held in London on 11 May 2016 and which provides an early opportunity to contribute to the various debates surrounding mediation.
Those who are practising mediators in the fields of civil, commercial and / or workplace mediation are invited to apply at the same time to become a CMC Registered Mediator under the new CMC individual registration scheme. Applications are welcome from practising mediators who meet the designated criteria.
In summary, the main requirements of registration are: successful completion of an assessed training; current mediator experience; adherence to an acceptable ethical code (e.g. the EU Model Code of Conduct for Mediators); professional indemnity insurance cover; continuing professional development; and a published complaints handling procedure.
The main benefits of becoming a CMC Registered Mediator include:
- The right to use the description ‘CMC Registered Mediator’ alongside the CMC logo;
- The right to be listed as a ‘CMC Registered Mediator’ on the CMC website
We are confident that CMC Registered Mediator status will quickly be seen by mediation users as a recognised badge of approval and a mark of quality assurance when searching for a suitable mediator.
We very much hope that you will also choose to apply to register. In taking the decision to introduce the individual registration scheme, the CMC has anticipated and reflected the growing call (from Government and the EU) for some form of at least light touch regulation to provide added public confidence in the practice and process of mediation. It also mirrors the steps that are already being taken elsewhere, for example in family mediation. By supporting this initiative you will enable the CMC both to make a clear statement of intent in putting in place a proportionate but effective voluntary framework and to speak with renewed authority.
If you are a current member of a CMC Registered Mediation Provider (RMP) panel you can apply for registration by simply completing and returning the short application form together with the annual registration fee of £30 (making a total fee payable of £120 including the membership fee of £90). All prices are inclusive of VAT. The CMC will then contact the RMP concerned to establish whether you meet the criteria before confirming your registration.
Alternatively, if you are not an RMP member, you are asked to complete the full application form and return it together with the required supporting documentation and the annual registration fee of £90 (making a total fee payable of £180 including the membership fee of £90). Again all prices are inclusive of VAT.
The CMC will then carry out appropriate checks to establish whether you meet the registration criteria before confirming your registration. The lower fee for RMP members reflects the fact that the RMP will undertake primary responsibility for carrying out the checks to enable the CMC to confirm that the mediator meets the required criteria for registration. The RMP also assumes responsibility in the first instance for handling any complaints arising from mediations arranged through its service.
The establishment of the new CMCL operating structure, the launch of the individual registration scheme, the chartitable status, and the creation of a new mediation website with an increased focus on the user all form part of the steps we have been taking to ensure that the CMC is best-placed to fulfil its key role of furthering the understanding and use of mediation in resolving disputes.
As we set out on this important new phase for mediation, the CMC’s efforts will be greatly strengthened by the active and widespread support of mediators as, in partnership, we:
- Raise the profile and reputation of mediation in England and Wales;
- Broaden access to mediation and secure its more widespread use;
- Develop and regularise consistent mediation standards and quality assurance;
- Facilitate the emergence of an effective overall framework under which mediation in England and Wales will flourish.
The capacity of the CMC to deliver this agenda, or at least to deliver it within an acceptable timescale, is closely aligned to the response we now receive from you and fellow mediators in supporting, and constructively challenging, our efforts. In addition to joining the new CMC, and applying to register, I therefore urge you to act as an ambassador for the CMC’s work by encouraging others to follow your lead and by helping to promote the cause generally.
By working together we can achieve much more and we welcome your support.