Core units – CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution 

Our training program focuses on providing specialised expertise in family dispute resolution by accredited FDRP who are qualified trainers and assessors. Learn the latest techniques and strategies to assist families in resolving parenting and property matters. 

Units you will study


Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work


Facilitate dispute resolution in the family law context


Adhere to ethical standards in family dispute resolution


Support the safety of vulnerable parties in dispute resolution


Operate in a family law environment


Work with a child-focused approach

Program Fees and Timeframe

FDR Package


one time


24/7 portal access

Trainer feedback


Instalment Plan

Utilise one of our interest free payment plans and start studying today. Pay $1,500 deposit and then 10 equal monthly instalments of $387

Assessment delivery, trainer feedback and marking are completed online within your dedicated student portal. Your portal is also your direct line of communication with your trainer or our support team.

Program timeframe

The time it takes to complete the program can vary depending on several factors, including prior study, availability, and work commitments.  

Typically, students can finish this training program in approximately 8 months

At Archer Institute, all training programs follow a continuous admission process, and students have up to two years to successfully complete the program.


Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who: 

Option 1:
  hold an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent 

Option 2:
hold accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) 

Option 3: 
hold the Mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC) 

Option 4
:  can provide documented evidence of previous experience in a dispute resolution environment in a job role involving self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, exercise of independent judgement and decision-making, and a range of technical and other skills. 

If a prospective student completes only the 6 units they are required to also provide evidence of an appropriate qualification (as defined in the Regulations) or current accreditation under the NMAS. 

Under the Regulations, an ‘appropriate qualification’ means:  
(a) a higher education award in law, psychology, social work, conflict management, mediation or dispute resolution; or
(b) a higher education award in a field or discipline that is relevant to the provision of FDR services; or 
(c) a Vocational or Graduate Diploma in a field or discipline that is relevant to the provision of FDR. 

The higher education award may be from an Australian or overseas provider. Legal practitioners may provide evidence of their formal qualifications or their admittance documents to any Australian Supreme or High Court as evidence of having an appropriate qualification
To enrol you will need to complete an LLND (Language Literacy Numeracy and Digital Literacy) activity prior to commencing the program. This is to ensure you have the adequate skills and knowledge to progress through your training program and that we can also support you should it be identified you have an LLND area of concern. 
You will also need to provide a USI (Unique Student Identifier). The USI is a unique code assigned to you that consolidates your training records into a single online record. It's mandatory for those undertaking vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. If you need to register for a USI, you can do so here.

As part of the enrolment process you will also be required to meet the training programs entry requirements. 
The Attorney Generals Department is thenationallicensing regulator forFDR practionersin Australia. Under the legislation there is an option to study the 6 core units  but you will only be granted a statement of attainment upon completion. 
As part of the training program all students are required to complete 50 hours of work placement. This can be completed by on the job work placement or simulation. We like to give confidence and support to all our students. We don’t want you not to be able to complete your training program over a placement challenge. 
Sometimes it can be challenging in the sector to secure placement although the practitioner allows you to take part. They are still ethically required to ensure the client consents to you taking part in their session.

For an
additional fee we can arrange placement for you.
Work placement application fee $399 Archer Institute 7 days working days from requesting Archer Institute set up your work placement
Hosting fee -Mediation sessions $2,200 Divorce Pathways Payable 7 working days prior to the session taking place
If you have existing connections with an FDR service or practitioner, you are welcome to arrange your own placement at no cost. You will have to work with a minimum of 5 cases (usually between 5 and 10) over 50 hours.

Do I need to do anything if they are placing me

Archer Institute can
assist you in getting placement the sessions could be a combination of face to face mediations, zoom mediations or in a simulated environment. This will  depend on the FDRP’s practice client loadIn the event your placement is simulated Students are required to arrange volunteers to participate in your role plays for your simulations. The hosting fee you are paying is to cover the cost of the FDRP time.
RPL is a process where skills and knowledge that you have gained through work and life experience and other unrecognised training can be formally recognised. You need to let us know that you want to apply for RPL at the time of application by indicating this on the application for enrolment form in the relevant section. There is a charge for RPL, and this can be viewed in the ‘Fees and Refunds’ section of the student handbook. RPL can also reduce your training program duration and fees.  
We will inform you in writing of any reduced fees due to credit transfer and or RPL if applicable. 

Credit transfer
is a formal recognition of previous studies and can help to reduce the duration of your training program, as well as fees. You may apply for a credit transfer for as many units as you like. There is no charge to apply for a credit transfer, but you need to let us know that you want to apply for this at the enrolment stage. You will need to provide a certified copy of your certificate either issued by another education provider or an authenticated VET transcript issued by the USI Registrar. You will be granted “Credit Transfer” so long as Archer Institute can verify your transcript.   

How Much Does It Cost to Apply for RPL?
There is no cost to complete Part A of the RPL booklet. However, if you decide to proceed to Part B and C, there is a one-off application fee of $200 per training program plus an assessment fee of $895 per unit for Graduate Diploma level.
It is an obligation under regulation 14 for accredited FDR practitioners to undertake at least 24 hours of education, training or professional development in FDR in every two year period from the date of accreditation.  
Help request tickets: Communicate with your trainer using our help request ticket accessed through our student portal.  
Support workshops:
We offer fortnightly online support sessions. These sessions are delivered on a drop in basis and attendance is voluntary   
Phone support:
You can call during business hours and speak directly to a trainer.