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ACRE Mediation - Edinburgh

Highly practical and intensive, RICS ACRE Mediation training will prepare you to mediate the most complex disputes to the highest standards across land, property, construction and infrastructure.

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Wed 30 May 2018 - Wed 4 Jul 2018
05:15 PM - 09:15 PM
RICS, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD
35 hours CPD

Individual units from £285 + VAT

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This training programme provides delegates with a comprehensive appreciation of traditional, facilitative mediation principles. Delivered in bitesize units this course will ensure delegates develop real world professional skills that they can apply to their working and personal lives.

Status and recoginition

We promote and enforce the highest professional standards across the built environment and the RICS ACRE TM Mediation Accreditation is a globally recognised qualification in this sector. Becoming an RICS Accredited Mediator benchmarks your quality and expertise in mediation practice.

Who should attend?

Our delegates come from a variety of backgrounds and include professionals in land, construction, real estate, local authorities, legal practitioners and members of government departments. This course is suitable for those who are representing parties in mediation.

What is ACRE?

We've developed a robust approach to our mediation training based on four main principles:

Analytical Helping parties to analyse the circumstances, law, evidence, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of their case to empower them to make pragmatic and viable settlement decisions
Commercial The training encompasses wide commercial as well as narrow legal realities to provide a flexible settlement, which courts or arbitration cannot.
Restorative Focusing on restoring the business relationship between parties, proceedings are completely confidential to limit any further damage.
Expert With many years’ experience and expertise  in the field of the dispute, our mediators help parties to reach a common-sense settlement, or to narrow the issues in dispute, reducing court or arbitration costs.

What is the course format?

The ACRETM Training programme is an intensive, face-to-face course and is divided into three modules. Our expert instructors will provide in-depth, practical coaching and you will receive feedback from both your instructor and your peers.

Module 1

Introduction to Mediation and Mediation Advocacy

Suitable as a stand-alone course for those interested in entering the growing market for qualified mediation representatives, this introductory module provides the essential baseline skills to enable delegates to develop and expand their proficiency as a party representative.

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Unit 1 - Mediation in context 

  • Mediation ground rules
  • The 5 stages of mediation

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 Unit 2 - Mediation preparation 

  • The opening statement
  • Case study

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Unit 3 - Verbal communication skills and techniques 

  • Exploration
  • Case study

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Unit 4 - Non-verbal communication skills and techniques

  • Active listening
  • Case study

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Unit 5 - Settlement

  • Negotiation
  • Closing and working towards a settlement

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Unit 6 - Mediation advocacy

  • Dealing with anger
  • Power imbalances
  • Case study

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There is no formal assessment for this module, however 100% attendance is required if you wish to progress to module 2.

Other modules

  • Modules 2 & 3

    Module 2 : Practical Mediation skills and ACRE™ Mediation Training

    Please note that dates for module two are still to be confirmed.

    Module Two is for those seeking qualification as an RICS Accredited Mediator. This intensive two-day training programme builds upon the skills acquired on Module One to develop your practical skills as a mediator.
    This module is intensely hands-on with coaching and feedback throughout the role play exercises. Delegates participate in role play scenarios based on real life cases, acting as mediator and party with instructor and peer feedback. 

    Module 3 : Evaluative Mediation Training

    Please note that dates for this module are to be confirmed.

    This Module is available once you have successfully completed Modules 1 and 2.

    Module 3 will develop your technique as an evaluative mediator, building on the skills in traditional facilitative mediation and the knowledge of evaluative mediation you have gained in Modules 1 and 2.

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