Certificate in Mediation (Special Purpose Award) NFQ Level 8 QQI

Presented by Griffith College.


General Information:

Region: Dublin/Cork

Principal Trainer: Paul Pierse and Mary Lou O'Kennedy

PrincipalContact: Mary O'Driscoll

Contact Details: +353 (0) 1 416 33 01

Organisation: Griffith College

Address: Griffith College, South Circular Road Dublin 8


Web:  https://www.griffith.ie/faculties/law/courses/certificate-mediation


Course Information:

Course Hours 2023:   500 hours

Hours in training;        67 Hours (incl blended)

Hours outside training: 433 Hours  (assignments 120 hours and independent work 313 hours)


Course Timings:   

Schedule for Certificate in Mediation 2023/24

Module One: Mediation and Conflict Resolution Live campus day: Saturday 16th November, (09:30-5:30pm) Online webinars: Tuesdays and Thursday 7pm-9pm (14th 16th 21st 23rd 28th Nov & 5th Dec)

Module Two: Mediation Ethics and Regulatory Framework Live campus day: Saturday 13th January, (09:30-5:30pm) Online webinars: Tuesdays 7pm-9pm (9th 11th 16th 18th & 23rd January)

Module Three: Mediation in Practice Live campus days: Saturdays: 17th February, 2nd March & 13th April (09:30-5:30pm) Live online day: Saturday 23rd March (09:30-5:30pm) Online webinars: Tuesdays 7pm-9pm (13th 20th 27th Feb, 5th March & 16th April)

Role play assessments: Friday and Saturday 19th and 20th April


Numbers on course: 15

Cost: €2851.00

The Programme:

Course Objectives: 

To ensure that the learner will have appropriate understanding of theories, concepts and current awareness pertaining to the field of mediation, and also appropriate knowledge of the principles of mediation and the mediation process to be able to demonstrate this in applied scenarios ready for practice. 

The course also gives students an understanding of the legal and ethical parameters within which mediators work and seeks to equip the graduate with an awareness of the impact of conflict behaviour on mediation, from the perspectives of the mediator themselves and the parties to the mediation.


Methodology and Evaluation:
Collaboration and collegiality will underpin all learning strategies adopted. The teaching and learning strategies were chosen with a view to instilling high levels of participant pedagogical development and engagement. Participants will be required to put all learning into practice and allow reflection on this practice to further develop same. Each teaching session will have a highly participative and practical element. Academic assessment of theoretical content is designed to satisfy the demands of QQI level 8 designs. Practical skills are to be assessed to MII published standards, and also will be subject to QQI internal and external examination quality control procedures.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants with a QQI level 7 major awarding any subject will be given automatic entry. Where applications present who do not have the entry requirement above, but with experiential or other learning, their application will be assess using the College QA in relation to recognition of prior learning.


Trainer Profile: Paul Pierse

Training experience: Practicing mediator. In third year as a Lecturer of Law with Griffith College, Cork at levels 7 and 8. Workload includes the formation and correction of assignments, workshops and exams, as well as collaborating on programme and module content design and delivery. Programme co-ordinator for the Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice. Also delivers legal studies programmes to transition year stuedents on behalf of Public Access to Law. Previously worked for one year as an English trainer for executives with Schenk Workshops in Germany.


  • (HETAC Level 8) B. Comm (Int) from NUI Galway
  • Solicitor on the Law Society of Ireland Roll of Solicitors
  • (HETAC Level 9)  Post Graduate Diploma in Training & Education
  • Mediators' Institute of Ireland accredited mediator certified to practice for 2014
  • Mediation in the area of Family Succession since 2012 (approx 70 hours mediation completed in the last year)
  • Irish Association of Law Teachers member
  • Literacy Trainer with the National Adult Literacy Association
  • Published author on topics relating to pedagogy and legal aspects of mediation, as well as newspaper articles on areas of law.


Trainer Profile: Mary Lou O'Kennedy BSC, MA, Mediator, Conflict Coach

Training Experience:

Mary Lou is a certified CINERGY trainer and has delivered CINERGY conflict coaching training to mediators, HR professionals, managers and coaches over the past three years. She is also a Master trainer of the Conflict-Dynamics Profile assessment tool with the Institute for Workplace Dynamics, Paris. Mary Lou designs and delivers training in Conflict Management and Mediation Skills for businesses and has delivered Family mediation training to mediators. She is a visiting lecturer on a number of Mediation post graduate programmes.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Science, UCD, 1985
  • Master's Degree in Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, USE, 1988
  • Various in-house training courses in Time Management, Facilitation, Negotiation, PR, Strategic Planning, Change Management, ISO 9000
  • Commercial Mediation, Friary Law/ADR, 2006
  • Family Mediation, Friary Law/ADR, 2007
  • Community Mediation: Athena Mediation 2007
  • CINERGY Conflict Coaching (Dispute specific) 2008
  • Certified Jan 2009
  • CINERGY Advanced Conflict Coaching Training 2010
  • Cedrtified CINERGY Conflict Coaching Mentor & Trainer 2010
  • Certified Conflict Dynamics Coach, Eckerd College, Florida 2010
  • Private Caucusing CEDR 2011
  • PMR UK (NOCN) Mediation Supervision 2011
  • Master Conflict Dynamics Trainer, Eckerd College, Florida 2014
  • Becoming Conflict Competent Trainer, Ecker College Florida 2014
Organisation: Griffith College Duration: 517 hours MII Approved: Yes

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