Mediation Pan African

Continued Professional Development [CPD]

Continued Professional Development [CPD] is the on-going education and development of practitioners, following the completion of formal training.

CPD consists of any educational activity which helps to maintain, develop or increase knowledge, problem-solving, technical skills or professional performance standards. CPD for mediators and arbitrators normally include formal tertiary study, short courses, conferences, workshops, as well as participation in simulated processes, mentorship, and presentation of case studies.

Practitioners are required to renew their DiSAC accreditation every 2 years. As part of this process they are required to submit proof that they participated in one or more continuing professional development program registered with the Council, and received a minimum of CPD points [DiSAC has not yet stipulated a minimum requirement].

The Accredited Service Provider under whose auspices a mediator / arbitrator practices, is obliged to offer their panelists access to qualifying Continued Professional Development (‘CPD’) programs.

In order to qualify as a mediator or arbitrator you have to:

1) Undergo training. The training should have certain minimum content, and be presented by people recognized as trainers in the field

2) Be assessed as being competent by someone qualified to do this, and

3) Meet certain qualifying requirements, such as not having been convicted of a crime involving dishonesty. [Age or specific tertiary qualifications are not normally required, though in the absence of the latter you may be required to undergo additional training.]

Mediation Ethics and code of Conduct

MPA has ensured that courses comply with international standards, and has received DiSAC accreditation. DiSAC has adopted the code of professional conduct as prescribed by the International Mediation Institute.

MPA as an Accredited Service Providers (ASP) are entitled to adopt our own code of professional conduct, but our code is fundamentally compatible with the provisions of the DiSAC code.

All mediators who apply for accreditation with the DiSAC agree to also subject themselves to the provisions of this Code of Professional Conduct.
The Code of Professional Conduct addresses important issues such as:

· Independence and impartiality
· Conflict of interests
· Confidentiality