The Interpersonal Mediation Practitioner’s Certificate

Train your groups and teams with our in-house mediation qualification.

Train your delegates as mediators with the Interpersonal Mediation Practitioner’s Certificate (IMPC), the market-leading 40-hour professional mediator qualification.

One reason for the popularity of the course is that all of our trainers are themselves practising mediators, who pass on their mediation skills through a number of exercises, lectures, group discussions, lively dispute simulations and real case studies. We emphasise learning-by-doing in order to build up your delegates’ competence and confidence as mediators.

Our qualification sits at Level 4 on Ofqual’s ‘Register of Regulated Qualifications’, alongside A Levels and Degrees, and is the highest level of mediator training currently available. The course is also formally recognised as a ‘Certified Mediator Training Program’ by the International Mediation Institute (IMI), meaning that your qualification is recognised worldwide and not just in the UK.

We currently have two options for how the course can be delivered: 

  • a 5-day face-to-face course 

  • or a 6-day blended course (3 days online + 3 days face-to-face)

At a glance...

  • 5-day face-to-face course
  • Or 6-day blended course
  • For 6 to 12 delegates
  • 'Accredited Mediator' status
  • Pre-course consultation
  • Delivered by expert trainers
  • Fully-customised materials
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  • Gain 'Accredited Mediator' status

  • The UK’s only Level 4 mediation course

  • Become an IMI Qualified Mediator

Why train with UK Mediation?

Trained by real mediators

All of our trainers are practising mediators with many years of experience. They are also certified adult educators, meaning you’re in capable hands during your training!

Register of Regulated Qualifications

Our training course sits on Ofqual’s framework, the official regulator of examinations. It is recognised at Level 4 - the highest mediator qualification available in the UK.

Internationally-recognised training

The IMPC is formally recognised as a Certified Mediator Training Program by the International Mediation Institute. This means that your qualification is recognised globally, not just in the UK.

ISO:9001 quality standard

ISO-9001 is the internationally-recognised standard for quality management. You can be sure that all of our training will be carried out in an efficient and quality-focused manner.

Lifetime post-course support

All successful delegates will receive exclusive access to our online IMPC Learner Zone, a hub of useful information, tools, and resources for qualified mediators.

About UK Mediation

About the course

The aim of this course is to get you to the point of being confident and competent to practise all types of interpersonal mediation, and to get you to the point of Accredited Mediator status.

At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

The Interpersonal Mediation Practitioner's Certificate covers everything you need to know to become a professional mediator.

This includes:

Our trainers have a wealth of practical mediation experience and are able to adapt the course content to the make-up of the particular group.

All of our courses are live interactive events run by a practising mediator who is an expert in the field.

We use a range of methods to deliver the course, including:

The course is delivered face-to-face at your location, or in a blended format, where we can use custom-made video material, run small-group exercises, and take part in some case simulations.

What our learners say

"The training was very well prepared and tailored for our needs. The trainer was excellent in leading the group through the course in a way that built on the knowledge and skills learned, whilst continuous practice also made it tangible."
Joanna Glab European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC)
"The trainer was very experienced and had an outstanding knowledge of mediation and conflict resolution. Their input in the course was very helpful and of great value."
Patricia Maes Innovative Health Initiative (IHI)
"The level of commitment and knowledge from the trainer has, not only made the experience enjoyable, but has provided me with the tools needed to succeed as a mediator."
Steven Hall Northern Ireland Civil Service
"A very enjoyable course with a good mixture of theory and practical exercises, and it was great to have the opportunity to practice using role play. The trainer was very personable and knowledgeable too!"
Samantha Riley Pirelli Tyres
"The role plays were invaluable as an opportunity to practice, and I really appreciated the trainer and peer-to-peer feedback. The trainer was very knowledgeable and made us all feel really comfortable in asking questions."
Jessica Leister Leeds Building Society
"A great experience! The role plays were extremely useful and the theory coincided well with the practical work. We were able to clearly see the development throughout the week."
Nicole Brannan Well Pharmacy
"A really good training course with a great trainer who made me feel at ease and provided support and feedback throughout the course. The video clips were really helpful too."
Tania Hall Barnardo's
"The trainer was amazing and oozed confidence - they were happy to answer any questions and really took the time to break things down for us. I have learned so much that I can use in my personal life as well as my work."
Philippa Nancoo Depaul UK
"An excellent course with a fantastic trainer! The most useful aspect was the practical role play to implement the theoretical knowledge, which helped me gain confidence and a thorough understanding of mediation."
Sarah Cook British Dental Association
"The course was well structured and I found it useful to go through each stage of mediation at a time. It was also a safe environment in which to practice the wide variety of scenarios and gain feedback from others."
Yvonne Draper Health Education England
"This was the best and most intensive course I have been on for a long time. The sessions were helped by the trainer’s huge wealth of knowledge and experience as they could give actual relevant examples."
Felicity Ashworth Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
"Highly relevant and a very positive experience - I found the whole course useful. I'm now looking forward to using the new and developed skills both formally and informally."
Anne-Marie Blanke Southend University Hospital
"I really enjoyed the course and I think that it has provided me with some really useful skills to take back into my role - hopefully, they will be able to prevent future issues from being addressed formally!"
Nichola Ogden Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
"The training was set at the right pace to accommodate everyone's training needs, and it was all very informative and useful. The trainer was supportive throughout and gave constructive feedback for development."
Jerldine Pryce Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
"A really well delivered course. The training materials were really easy to use and well laid out. The trainer had a great approach to delivering the training and was really approachable, helpful, and reassuring."
John Eames West Midlands Ambulance Service
"A very professional and well-pitched delivery that recognised the group's existing skills and experience. The case scenarios were very realistic with a balance between those that were specific to our role, as well as those that presented a challenge due to their different circumstances."
John Chambers Cumbria Constabulary
"The training has been excellent - probably the best I have ever been on. It has been such a practical experience and the skills I have gained will be so useful. Can't think of anything that I would improve."
Matthew Jones Leicestershire Police
"A truly excellent course. The trainer was very knowledgeable and created a learning environment that supported the participants to learn at their own pace. The 'role of mediator' was modelled throughout the week, which added to the experience and allowed me to pick up lots of new techniques."
Tracy Ellis University of Liverpool
"The trainer was very engaging and included some fun activities to aid our learning and understanding of mediation. The pace was just right and there was a lot of opportunities to practise our skills and prepare for the assessment. One of the best courses I've attended!"
Carol Walker Durham University
"This course was more than I ever expected! I've learnt so much about myself and people in general, which I wasn't expecting and feel like I've been given the knowledge of how to be a mediator. Facilitated excellently."
Jacqueline Hudson University of Leeds
"The course was extremely useful. It has made me consider how I resolve workplace disputes and I will use the new skills learned in future situations."
Chris Walker Teesside University
"This is one of the best training sessions I have been on in a long time. The trainer was excellent! The role playing was great for ensuring learning outcomes, the material was brilliant, and the overall facilitation was faultless!"
Stephanie Hanson Islington Council
"The training was very comprehensive, and the discussions, methods, and practice sessions were excellent. The trainer gave space to all the participants to practise, and gave positive and constructive feedback when needed."
Cristina Marquez Tower Hamlets Council
"An excellent course - I really learnt a lot and feel like I'm finishing the course understanding the process of mediation and the skills needed to be a mediator. The tutor was excellent too!"
Allison Becket Derbyshire County Council
"An amazing course! The trainer was excellent and everything was very useful. It was brilliant to learn about re-framing and how to put things in a different perspective."
Angela Unwin Newark and Sherwood District Council
"Excellent! Five stars throughout! The trainer was knowledgeable, supportive, and encouraging throughout, and the training videos were extremely useful to give a basis on how it's done. Top class!"
John Williams Places for People
"The trainer was extremely supportive throughout. The methods of training were measured and at a good pace for all to understand. We were given the opportunity to summarise and reflect on each stage and, overall, it was an excellent week."
Wendy Pickering Connexus

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Course FAQs

We understand that you may have some queries about the course’s content, the resulting qualification, or about how the training is delivered. We’ve gathered together some of the most Frequently Asked Questions and have answered them below.

Please get in touch if you have any questions we might have missed and one of our experts will be more than happy to help. You can contact our team here.

Are there any prerequisites to attending the course?

No. We welcome a wide variety of delegates on to the course, ranging from those who are experienced in mediation but who don’t have the formal qualification, all the way through to those who have no experience with conflict resolution.

Our training takes you right from the very start – the psychology behind why we get into conflict – and our trainers are experts in getting groups on to the same page.

What are the timings and duration of the course?

This course is typically delivered over five days, face-to-face, and usually Monday-Friday, 9-5. However, we can be flexible to clients' needs and split the course into two blocks (2 + 3).

We also offer a blended version, which is naturally split into two blocks (3 days online + 3 days face-to-face).

Delegates must attend for all 40 hours in order to achieve the qualification, as outlined by AIM Qualifications.

Will I be a qualified mediator after completing the course?

Absolutely! Our qualifications set the standard in mediation training!

You will be an Accredited Mediator, holding a highly-regarded Level Four qualification, which is externally accredited by AIM Qualifications and quality assured by The British Assessment Bureau. You will be ready to go straight out and start getting your first mediation cases!

Why can't this course be done entirely online?

First, you need the live observation and feedback from the tutor – a practising mediator – in order to develop your skills to the required level. Secondly, the accreditation requires that you demonstrate your skills and competence to the tutor, and third, we believe that interactional skills need to be taught and developed face-to-face.

Do you offer support after I become a mediator?

We do. We have a dedicated team who are on-hand and ready to provide advice and support as and when you need it.

Once you are qualified, we also provide access to the IMPC Learner Zone, an exclusive members-only area of our website. Here, you will be able to revisit training materials from your course, download all of the forms and templates that you will need for your practice, and log requests for support.

Is the course affiliated with a professional body?

The course is formally recognised as a Certified Mediator Training Program (CMTP) by the International Mediation Institute (IMI), an organisation that aligns closely with our aims and professional ethos.

For our learners, this means that they become ‘IMI Qualified Mediators’. Their qualification is therefore recognised globally, not just in the UK.

Becoming an Interpersonal Mediator

Watch our recent webinar on how you can become a professional mediator,
either as part of an organisation or as a freelance practitioner.