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ACR Workplace Section Seeks "Labor & Employment" Mediators to Apply for Advanced Practitioner Status. The AP designation provides mediators and corporate and government agency program managers with a status that denotes advanced training and experience. The Mediator referral service provides a list of all current Advanced Practitioner (AP) members of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) who practice in the areas of workplace mediation or arbitration, including labor and employment issues. All practitioners on the list have met strict training and experience requirements.

If you meet the minimum criteria and wish to apply for Advanced Practitioner status, complete the Advanced Practitioner application form and return it to ACR. The Workplace Section Advanced Practitioner Designation committee will review your qualifications. A decision on your membership status will be made 60 to 90 days from date we receive your application. Please provide one original and three copies of your application and all requested documents. Please read the Workplace Mediator AP Designation Minimum Standards for more information on the standards necessary to qualify.

Training: Approved mediators have completed a minimum of 40 hours of conflict resolution training in addition to three years (or 200 hours) of experience in the field of dispute resolution and collaborative decision-making. Approved mediators have also completed an additional 24 hours of relevant education and training in mediating workplace disputes beyond the basic mediation skills training received four years prior to approval.

Experience: Approved mediators have completed at minimum of 20 solo mediations and 80 hours mediating workplace disputes, with at least four years of experience.

Other Requirements: To apply for the Advanced Practitioner designation, the mediator must be a Practitioner member of ACR. A minimum of 15 hours of volunteer service to the field, including three hours providing guidance, mentoring, or supervision services to other mediators.

Click to download Workplace Mediator AP Standards

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Click to download Workplace Mediator AP Application
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Click to download Workplace Mediator AP Minimum Standards
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