What is ‘NMAS, CPA’?

‘NMAS’ stands for National Mediator Accreditation System.  Here’s one mediation educator’s description:

NMAS is an acronym for National Mediator Accreditation System.

It is a voluntary industry standard for mediators to show that they have been trained, assessed for competence, have demonstrated that they are of good character and have insurance.

To maintain their NMAS Accreditation they need to participate in continuing professional development and be doing mediation work.

Using a mediator who is not NMAS Accredited risks getting someone who does not uphold the ethical standards and who may not even be trained in mediation.

Our recommendation is don’t work with someone who says they are a mediator but has not bothered to become NMAS Accredited”.

‘CPA’ stands for Certified Practising Accountant.  Here’s how CPA Australia describes a CPA:

A Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) is a finance, accounting and business professional with a specific qualification. Being a CPA is a mark of high professional competence. It indicates a soundness in depth, breadth and quality of accountancy knowledge.

CPAs are highly respected by employers and members. It provides members with an internationally recognised qualification as well as the opportunity to complete specialist training and continuing professional development (CPD). To use the CPA designation, a member must:

    • complete a degree or a postgraduate award recognised by CPA Australia
    • complete the CPA Program, including three years of professional experience in finance, accounting or business
    • undertake CPD activities each year
    • comply to a strict code of conduct set by CPA Australia….”

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