CHC81115 Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution

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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. 
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. 
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. 
Context to family dispute resolution

CHCDSP002 Adhere to ethical standards
CHCFAM001 Operate in family law environment
The intention is to give an overview of the legal platform that underpins family dispute resolution, respond to family law requirements, work collaboratively within the family law system, and contribute to improved work practices linked to family law.

A Family Dispute Practitioner needs to have a good understanding of their ethical responsibilities, apply ethical standards to the dispute resolution process and reflect on ethical practice.
Prepare for dispute resolution

CHCFAM002 Work with child-focused approach
CHCDFV013 Manage domestic and violence screening and risk assessment process
The intention is to give an overview of the skills and knowledge required to use, support and evaluate child- focused approaches in service delivery in the context of family law. A key tenet of the family law system and associated service provision is acting and promoting the best interests of the child.

A Family Dispute Practitioner needs to establish, monitor and review domestic and family violence screening and risk assessment processes to achieve a safe environment for dispute resolution sessions.
Participate in family dispute resolution

CHCDSP001 Facilitate dispute resolution in the family law context
CHCDSP003 Support the safety of vulnerable parties in family dispute resolution
CHCDFV008 Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work
The intention is to give an overview of the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and facilitate the family dispute resolution process with the aim of assisting families to reach mutual agreement on issues related to relationships, children, property and assets.

It looks at knowledge and skills an FDR practitioner may need when managing and responding to domestic violence and working with vulnerable parties to support the physical and emotional protection of those parties.
Conclude family dispute resolution processes

CHCFAM007 Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements
CHCDFV007 Work with users of violence to affect change
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
The intention is to give an overview of the skills and knowledge required to assess parenting practice, then work with parents to prepare and monitor parenting plans and arrangements.

It looks at how to work with and engage with users of violence to assist them to take responsibility for their violence, and to work towards changing their behaviour and enhancing the safety of their family.

As the FDR practitioner is exposed to many stressful situations it is important that they can implement support processes to manage stress and emotional wellbeing for themselves and/or colleagues.
The Attorney Generals Department is the national licensing regulator for FDR practioners in Australia. Under the legislation it is a legal requirement that you study 6 core units and 4 elective units if you wish to be granted the full qualification 
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.
ItemAmountPayable to whoDue and payable
Work placement application fee$399Archer Institute7 days working days from requesting Archer Institute set up your work placement
Hosting fee -Mediation sessions$100 per one hour session, minimum of 2 hours Divorce PathwaysPayable 7 working days prior to the session taking place
Additional hours$100 per hourDivorce PathwaysPayable within 7 working days

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.
Delivery Mode Cost Delivery detail
Online $8,950 Fully online, self paced, 24/7 portal access
Utilise one of our interest free payment plans and start studying today. Pay $1,500 deposit and then 10 equal monthly instalments of $745.00.

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.


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 12 months.

At Archer Institute, all training programs follow a continuous admission process, and students have up to two years to successfully complete the program.
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.
We understand the importance of flexibility in your learning journey. Our training programs are designed to accommodate your schedule and lifestyle.  

This program is delivered fully online in a self-paced learning environment. You have access to your portal 24/7 which hosts all the learning resources you need to complete your assignments at your convenience in your own time.
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.