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Certificate in Mediation

Certificate in Mediation


The Certificate in Mediation prepares the learner for a career involving the use of mediation in dispute resolution.

Our Certificate in Mediation (QQI Level 8, Special Purpose Award) introduces learners to mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution. This course is recognised by MII and provides an understanding of mediation as a career, as an alternative to litigation and introduces the mediation process.


Why Study Mediation at Griffith College?

The aim of the Certificate in Mediation is to ensure that the student will be a confident, highly effective and self-reflective mediator with advanced knowledge of the principles of mediation and the mediation process.

This course is delivered via blended learning, combining both in-class (available in Dublin and Cork) and online teaching and learning.

  • Our Certificate in Mediation is validated by QQI and is a Level 8, Special Purpose Award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students will gain experience in a growing sector preparing them for a career in alternative dispute resolution.
  • Learners will acquire highly transferable skills attractive to a wide range of business sectors.
  • Our lecturers are experienced mediators, academics and conflict management trainers with years’ of experience in both practice and training.
  • The course takes place over 7 months (1 semester) from October to April, with materials available in class and through our Moodle service.
  • The Certificate in Mediation at Griffith College is recognised by Mediators Institute of Ireland (MII).

Course Highlights

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Critical Thinking and Evaluation
  • Experienced and Practitioner Lecturers
  • Independent Learning
  • Conflict Management

Intake Dates

Our intake for this course commences October 2020.

What our students say

Mediation student

"On completion I definitely possessed an advanced knowledge of the principles of mediation and the mediation process. Both Paul Pierse and Mary Lou O' Kennedy were outstanding in their delivery of the course; they made it both hugely interesting and fun with a great emphasis placed on team work. I would highly recommend this course!"

Teresa Moore
Certificate in Mediation
Course details

The Certificate in Mediation takes place over seven months, with classes taking place on Saturday, once a month from October 2019 to April 2020.

During the course learners will study three modules; Introduction to Mediation and Conflict, Mediation Ethics and Regulatory Framework and Mediation in Practice. 

Our Lecturer Profiles

Introduction to Mediation and Conflict (5 Credits)

This module will familiarise the learner with the fundamentals of mediation. It provides knowledge of the principles of mediation and the mediation process. This learning will be practised by the learners in their development towards performing as a mediator in more elaborate role-plays in later modules.

This module will also give learners an awareness of the impact of conflict behaviour on mediation, both from the perspective of the mediator themselves, and also from the parties to the mediation. The module emphasises the necessity of inherent emotional intelligence on the part of the mediator in this regard. It is sought to achieve this by introducing the learner to both academic reading and self-reflection on the area.

The module further aims to enable learners gain an in-depth understanding of the theories, concepts and methods underlying the development and use of conflict management skills and to acquire the skills of competent conflict management of parties undergoing mediation. 

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Mediation Ethics and Regulatory Framework (5 Credits)

This module aims to give learners a clear understanding of the legal and ethical landscape within which mediation is practised so that learners may embark upon a career in mediation, confident of the parameters within which they work. The objective is to provide focussed knowledge of the legislation relevant to the area of mediation in Ireland, and where to find this information.

Learners will extend their knowledge of the principles of mediation as well as absorbing learners into the comparatively narrow legislative scheme within which the individual mediator and the mediation industry generally operates. It develops the learner’s understanding of ethical considerations in the field of mediation and cultivates their ability to evaluate the ethical code of practice of one organisation of mediators vis-à-vis another. It allows the learner to apply knowledge and skills and exercise professional judgement in identifying an appropriate forum for disputing parties. 

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Mediation in Practice

The primary purpose of this module is to prepare the learner to respond to a request for mediation, for activating the mediation procedure and for practising as a mediator to bring the dispute to an agreed conclusion. The module will enable learners to gain knowledge and to be able to demonstrate the core competencies necessary for mediating a dispute and to be able to transfer this knowledge to practice. The module further seeks to enable learners gain an in-depth understanding of the concepts and methods underlying the development and use of mediation and to actualise their ability to implement the skills to practice. The aim is to ensure that the learner will be a naturalised, confident, highly effective and self-reflective mediator. Finally, the module will enable learners to understand and to deal effectively and appropriately with issues and difficulties that may arise during mediation. 

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Course Contacts

Dublin Main Campus Campus
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a QQI Level 7 major award in any subject or a Level 8 primary degree with a minimum 2.2 award.

Where the applicant does not possess the above entry requirement but has gained relevant experiential learning the application will be assessed accordingly.

How to Apply

Click the 'Apply Online' button and fill in the application form , uploading a copy of the following;

  • Photo I.D. (passport or driving licence)
  • Detailed C.V.
  • Transcripts from previous studies
Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Part-Time

Dublin - Main Campus & City Centre

Irish/EU Living in Ireland: EUR 2,550.00


Irish/EU Living in Ireland: EUR 2,350.00

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]


2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

Graduates of the Certificate in Mediation course may advance to further study in this area.

Career Progression

 Through the Certificate in Mediation, students will have gained practical mediation experience, learned how to maximise the discovery of alternatives to litigation, and understand the key conflict resolution principles.

Mediators are trained and experienced in alternative dispute resolution. They are neutral facilitators who help the parties explore the problem, and find new options to resolve the dispute.

The enactment of the 2017 Mediation Bill will see Mediation come to the forefront of dispute resolution, and create new career opportunities within the legal industry.


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