MEMBERSHIP & ACCREDITATION SERVICES

We offer membership services to the different categories of dispute resolution practitioners,  including categories of Mediators, Peacemakers and Restorative Justice experts.  Membership is not limited to qualified or accredited practitioners only and novice practitioners are given the opportunity to join the organization.  Only accredited and qualified members are be listed on this site.  Membership is offered across the fields of Mediation, Peacemaking and Restorative Justice, from novices to Master Mediators.  Membership is open to persons with an interest in alternative dispute resolution.  The organizations' inclusive approach aims to foster a culture of peacemaking.  Specialist fields require specialist expertise and knowledge, but clients have the ultimate choice of mediator.

Duration of Membership & Fee

Membership is valid for one year and runs from the 1st of March until the last day of February each year.  Annual membership fees cost R550 per annum and are payable in advance.  Membership must be renewed on or before the first day of March each year. 

Accreditation

Members can accredit for as many categories of alternative dispute resolution as they qualify for at no extra charge and there is only one accreditation fee of R230 payable for all.  Accreditation must be renewed every year on or before the first day of March. 

  • Court-annexed Mediators must have a minimum qualification on NQF Level 4 (matric), comply with all requirements for Court-annexed Mediators (see requirements), successfully complete our 40-hour contact Mediation Training course, be found competent and be accredited by DOJ to be listed on this site.

  • Family Mediators must comply with all requirements of the National Accreditation Board of Family Mediators (NABFAM) (see requirements), successfully complete our 40-hour contact Divorce & Mediation Training, successfully complete our 12-hour Psychology for Family Mediator Training if not from a social services professional background, successfully complete our 16-hour Family Law Training course if not from a legal background and be found competent to be listed on this site.

  • Civil & Commercial Mediators must have successfully completed a 40-hour Mediation Training course with Conflict Dynamics or Mediation in Motion and be found competent to be listed on this site.

  • Restorative Justice Practitioners must comply with all requirements of the South African Restorative Justice Accreditation Body (SARJAB) (see requirements), successfully complete our 40-hour contact Restorative Justice Training, successfully complete our 16-hour Psychology for Restorative Justice Practitioner Training course if not from a social services professional background, successfully complete our 16-hour Law for Restorative Justice Practitioner Training course if not from a legal background and be found competent to be listed on this site.

  • Workplace Mediators are accredited Civil & Commercial Mediators and/or Family Mediators and/or Restorative Justice Practitioners who have further qualified as Workplace Mediators through Conflict Dynamics.

  • Master Mediators are any of the above mentioned categories who have a proven track record over a period of at least 7 years as a mediator, Restorative Justice or ADR Practitioner or specialist practitioners with a proven track record of at least 3 years of expertise in any particular field of ADR.

Code of Ethics

All members must accept and adhere to the Code of Ethics as prescribed by the Court-annexed Mediation Rules to follow as a National Guideline.  Secondly, all members must accept and adhere to the Code of Ethics as prescribed the International Mediation Institute (IMI) as an International Guideline.  All Family Mediators must accept and adhere to the Code of Ethics prescribed by the National Accreditation Body for Family Mediators (NABFAM).  All Restorative Justice Practitioners and Peacemakers must accept and adhere to the Code of Ethics prescribed by the South African Restorative Justice Accreditation Body (SARJAB).

Complaints and Procedures

All members must accept and adhere to the Social Justice disciplinary code.  Clients who wish to lay a complaint against a Social Justice member are advised to follow the procedures outlined in the Complaints & Procedures document which is available by clicking on the button.

Enquiries can be directed to the Complaints Committee at admin@socialjustice.org.za