Member status assessment is a skills-based assessment. The criteria for the successful outcome of the Member assessment is the demonstration of appropriate application of mediation skills in accordance with the MII Member Assessment Guidelines.
Guidelines on Assessing Certified Mediator Competencies
Competency comprises the specification of the knowledge and skill, and the application of that knowledge and skill to the standard of performance required.
The concept of competency includes all aspects of performance. It requires competent Mediators to demonstrate an agreed standard in:
According to the Mediation Act 2017, mediation is defined as:
“…a confidential, facilitative and voluntary process in which parties to a dispute, with the assistance of a mediator, attempt to reach a mutually acceptable agreement to
resolve the dispute”
According to the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) Code of Ethics and Practice,mediation is defined as:
“A process in which an impartial and independent third party facilitates communication and negotiation and promotes voluntary decision-making by the parties to a dispute to assist them to reach a mutually acceptable solution” MII Code of Ethics and Practice
The Assessment will take approximately 90 minutes. This time is broken down in the following manner:
Camera begins to record for 5-10 minutes
Preamble: The Assessor will ask the Candidate to outline how he/she has handled the referral to date, e.g. preliminary/preparatory separate meetings, agreed ground rules, reference to Agreement to Mediate etc.
Plenary session: Candidate will begin the session by briefly outlining the Mediation process and the role of the Mediator and will mediate the dispute for up to 60 minutes. The Mediator may work with the parties in plenary session throughout or may caucus with each party for some of this period. In such instances, the other party leaves the room and the Mediator continues to work with the remaining party with the video camera running.
The main purpose of the assessment is to gauge whether the Mediator has the skills necessary to carry out a competent mediation and not whether they can complete a Mediation in 1 hour.
The final 15-20 minutes is for the Assessor to complete the required documentation. The Candidate will not receive any feedback from the Assessor at this point.
As per the MII Certified Level Assessment Outcome/Re-sit/Appeals Process, issues in relation to the venue or the process must be brought to the attention of the Assessor/Training Provider on the day of the assessmetn if they ar to be taken into consideration in relation to any impact they may have had on the Candidate's performance.
The Assessor or MII Adminstrator will make a digital copy of the video available to the Candidate as soon as possible. Candidate will then have 15 working days to view their video and complete their Role Play Self-Assessment form and return this to the Assessor. In exceptional circumstances, and with the prior agreement of the Assessor, this period may be extended.
Candidate should also forward to the Assessor:
The Assessor will forward to the Candidate, no later than 25 working days after the Assessor receives the candidate’s Role-play Self-Assessment, the result of the assessment which will include a written assessment and feedback of the candidate.
These results can be sent to either the Candidate directly or to the MII Administrator who will forward the result to the Candidate.
The Assessor should seek to establish that:
The MII Administrator should make the Assessor aware in advance of any reasonable accommodation requirements for any candidate and these will be accommodated by the Assessor, as far as reasonably possible
Observations of performance should be used to assess the following core areas for assessment
It is anticipated that because of the timeframe and need to apply the process flexibly and at the parties’ pace, the candidate is expected to demonstrate skills and competencies listed in each area that are relevant and appropriate to the context of the dispute being mediated.
Candidate must demonstrate a Competent (3) rating in each of the 4 Assessment Competence areas to pass (See Scale to Measure Competencies, Skills and Knowledge). Where a Candidate has not acheived a '3-Competent' or higher in each of the 4 competency areas he/she should follow the MII Certified Outcome Re-sit/Appeals Process.
This self assessment is part of the roleplay assessment process
The Role of the Training Provider
The training provider makes a case (with the assessee) as to why their specific situation is exceptional and why it is not possible for the person’s in-person assessment to take place within a reasonable timeframe (e.g. compromised health – doctor’s note; public health advice on travel).
The MII accredits mediation training courses which meet set training standards.
The purpose of CPD is to ensure that Mediators keep their knowledge and skills up to date for the benefit of users of their service and for their own personal and professional development.