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For Event Organisers

CPD Registration of CPD (Courses/Lectures/Seminars/Workshops)

Procedures for Registration of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses/Lectures/Seminars/Workshops in relation to Mediation

Application form.

To satisfy the requirements for the registration of Continuing Professional Development ("CPD") Courses/Lectures/Seminars/Workshops (hereinafter referred to as "event") in relation to mediation, organisers are required to complete an application form CPD(M) for each event organised. Completed application forms are to be sent to the Chairman of the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association ("HKMAAL") at the following address:

c/o Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
38/F Two Exchange Square
8 Connaught Place
Hong Kong

Once an application form has been submitted and duly received by the HKMAAL Secretariat, the organiser may use the words "Pending CPD registration approval from the HKMAAL". Once an event has been approved, the organiser may for example state that "3 CPD points approved by HKMAAL" have been agreed for a 3-hour event.

It is not possible to register CPD points after any event has taken place and the organiser must ensure that this is adhered to without failure.

For areas in which registration of CPD may be obtained, please see below:

The purpose of the HKMAAL Accredited Mediator CPD Programme is to enhance the skills and knowledge of HKMAAL Accredited Mediators. Suggested areas for further study and/or training, include the following:

  • Communication skills
  • Negotiation
  • Problem-solving
  • Restorative Justice
  • Other mediation training (e.g. Family, Construction, Medical, Community, Environment, Cross-culture)
  • Legal awareness
  • Partnering/alliance-building
  • Conflict management / avoidance
  • Conflict Coaching
  • Facilitation
  • Collaborative practice
  • Advanced mediation skills
  • Other dispute resolution processes
  • (This list is by no means exhaustive.)

Suggested areas for further study specifically for HKMAAL Accredited Family Mediators include the following:

  • Domestic violence
  • Child Abuse
  • Drafting Settlement Agreements
  • Child-care & child development
  • Psychological process of separation and divorce
  • Appropriate arrangements for custody, care, control and access
  • Step-parenting/families
  • Co-parenting
  • Parenting coordination
  • Local policy in practices e.g. Housing, Insurance, Taxation & C.S.S.A.
  • Family law
  • Collaborative practice
  • Special knowledge in solving financial disputes
  • (This list is by no means exhaustive)

Documentation Required For Registration of CPD events (for registration of events which qualify as Further Study)

a. Prior to the event taking place, an Application form for the registration of CPD points - CPD (M) together with:

  1. a detailed outline of what will be covered in the course and by whom;
  2. a programme showing the sequence of speakers, the method of teaching e.g. lecture, participatory case study, role-play, discussion, question and answer etc., and the amount of time which each person will spend on each area;
  3. an outline of the course materials which will be provided to participants;
  4. a brief up-to-date resume of each speaker's professional qualifications, legal background and any teaching experience which they each have;
  5. flyers or promotional material, if any, used to promote the event; and
  6. please note any event or activity must demonstrate a clear link or connection with mediation and how it will enhance the skills and knowledge of HKMAAL accredited mediators, and this may be provided in a separate document.

- must be submitted at least 4 weeks before the scheduled date of the event. If the application form is incomplete, the HKMAAL shall return the application form to the organiser. The HKMAAL shall endeavour to respond to an application within 21 working days in order that the organiser may advertise the event in a timely manner.

b. Registration form of attendee(s) attendance at the event - CPD(R)*

c. Summary of event evaluation to be completed by the event organiser taking into consideration comments from those attending the event - CPD (S)*

- * must be submitted to the HKMAAL Secretariat within 14 days after the event has taken place.

Guidelines on the awarding of CPD Points

Practically, "one" CPD point will be awarded for each contact hour of the event session (excluding coffee/tea/lunch/dinner breaks etc.). Only full or half points may be credited to any course. Points should be rounded down to the nearest half point for courses which are not scheduled to last for an exact number of half or whole hours. For example, for an event with a duration of 1.5 hours or more but less than 2 hours, the number of CPD points awarded would be rounded up to 1.5 CPD points, and an event with a duration of 2 hours or more but less than 2.5 hours, the number of CPD points awarded would be rounded to 2 CPD points.

Additional points may be awarded in exceptional cases provided the event is structured in a way that it merits additional points and that the organiser has clearly drawn the matter to the attention of the HKMAAL Secretariat in the application form "CPD(M)" under the section of "Additional Information".

An Event must be of at least one hour in duration. Courses of only one hour must have no more than 10 minutes devoted to questions from the audience.

Registration Fee

If an organiser charges/levies a fee for an attendee to attend their event, a registration fee per event will be charged and the organiser is required to submit this registration fee together with their application form "CPD(M)". Failure to submit a registration fee will render the application invalid. On the other hand, if an organiser does not charge/levy a fee for an attendee to attend their event, then a registration fee is not required.

The prescribed registration fee is currently fixed at HK$500 per event for non-commercial organisers and HK$1,000 per event for commercial organisers. To qualify for non-commercial status an organiser must be a not-for-profit entity with charitable status. Supporting documentation showing charitable status may be required by the HKMAAL Secretariat to support their application.

If assistance is required please contact the HKMAAL Secretariat either by
Tel (852) 2525 2381, Fax (852) 2524 2171 or email at info@hkmaal.org.hk


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