- It is desirable that HKIAC Accredited Mediators on both the General and Family Panels, be considered to be of high quality and be seen as having met established standards of training. It is also desirable that these standards be upheld even after accreditation, and in this regard a CPD Programme for HKIAC Accredited Mediators is considered to be an important element.
- The requirements of the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme are intended to be realistic and are the minimum requirements which HKIAC Accredited Mediators are expected to meet. HKIAC Accredited Mediators are encouraged to exceed the minimum requirements whenever possible.
- It is noted that HKIAC Mediator Accreditation is for a 4 year period and renewal of such accreditation is subject to, among other things, that the HKIAC Accredited Mediator seeking renewal of his/her accreditation has undertaken a total of at least 20 hours of CPD during the previous 4 years. The HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme is based on this 4 year review cycle.
- The Hong Kong Mediation Council (a division of the HKIAC) and its interest groups will organise as many activities as possible in order to assist HKIAC Accredited Mediators meet the requirements of the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme. However, compliance with the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme may be achieved through a variety of approved activities, and not exclusively through activities sponsored by the Hong Kong Mediation Council or its interest groups.
It is expected that some HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme activities will also contribute to the CPD requirements of other professional bodies (e.g. The Law Society of Hong Kong). Similarly, activities sponsored by organisations other than the Hong Kong Mediation Council may contribute toward the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements.
- Log Books, for the purposes of the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme, will be issued to each HKIAC Accredited Mediator, who shall be notified at the time of the issue of the Log Book of his/her HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme cycle.
The Log Books are for the following purposes:
- to provide a detailed record of compliance with the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements;
- to provide each HKIAC Accredited Mediator with a personal development record;
- to be submitted to the HKIAC Mediator Accreditation Committee for review for purposes of the renewal of accreditation.
Each HKIAC Accredited Mediator shall be responsible for the accurate maintenance of his/her Log Book and will be required to submit his/her Log Book at the time he/she seeks renewal of his/her accreditation. There will be no fee charged for the review of the Log Book, the cost of such review being included in the annual panel maintenance fee paid by each HKIAC Accredited Mediator. Accurate recording and maintenance of the Log Book in order to comply with the requirements of the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme is very much dependant upon the integrity of each HKIAC Accredited Mediator. The HKIAC Mediator Accreditation Committee will support and advise HKIAC Accredited Mediators on matters relating to compliance with the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme, and will conscientiously review each Log Book submitted to it by a HKIAC Accredited Mediator in connection with the renewal of his/her accreditation.
Each HKIAC Accredited Mediator must include the dates, hours, topics, trainer/presenter/speaker, and other relevant details of all events and activities which will count toward compliance with the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements.
Log Books will be reviewed or checked at random. When the Log Books are properly due for submission and review, such review will be carried out by the HKIAC Secretariat. No later than 2 months after a Log Book has been duly submitted by a HKIAC Accredited Mediator to the HKIAC Accreditation Committee, the Log Book will be returned to the HKIAC Accredited Mediator in question with an indication that either:
- the Log Book has been duly and properly maintained and that the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements have been met for purposes of the renewal of accreditation; or
- the Log Book has not been duly and properly maintained or, if duly and properly maintained, the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements for the purposes of the renewal of accreditation have not been met.
In the event that accreditation of a HKIAC Accredited Mediator is duly renewed, the Log Book will be returned to the HKIAC Accredited Mediator in question.
In the event that accreditation of a HKIAC Accredited Mediator is not duly renewed as a result of the situation referred to in b) above, the HKIAC Accredited Mediator in question will be given clear comments and advice on what action is necessary to rectify the situation.
- The purpose of the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme is to enhance the skills and knowledge of HKIAC Accredited Mediators.
Suggested areas for further study and/or training, include the following:
- Communication skills
- Other mediation training (Family, Community, Environment, Cross-culture)
- Legal awareness
- Advanced mediation skills
- Other dispute resolution processes
- Conflict management/avoidance
This list is by no means exhaustive.
Suggested areas for further study specifically for HKIAC Accredited Family Mediators include the following:
- Domestic violence
- Child Abuse
- Child-care & child development
- Psychological process of separation and divorce
- Appropriate arrangements for custody, care, control and access
- Local policy in practices e.g. Housing, Insurance, Taxation & C.S.S.A.
- Family law
- Special knowledge in solving financial disputes.
This list is by no means exhaustive.
Activities which will qualify as meeting the HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme requirements, include:
- participation in working or development groups on ADR;
- writing and publishing relevant articles for newsletters or other publications;
- developing and/or delivering ADR training;
- attendance at HKIAC, Hong Kong Mediation Council forums, workshops, talks and conferences;
- arranging/leading/participating in training and similar events, including coaching, supervision and simulation exercises.
- This HKIAC Accredited Mediator CPD Programme Policy Document may be revised from time to time to reflect developments in the field of ADR, changes in HKIAC mediator accreditation requirements and refocusing on what constitutes good practice, amongst other reasons.