Have you thought about applying
to be an Advanced Practitioner?
There is more to the title than you might think.
The Advanced Practitioner status was
designed for ACR members who seek
verifiable recognition for their advanced
training and experience. Originally, ACR
launched Advanced Practitioner member
designation for Labor and Employment
Arbitrators and Family and Workplace Mediators.
ACR has now created the Academy of
Advanced Practitioners (AAP), which makes
Advanced Practitioner membership status
available for members with unique training, skill, and experience in any field. Now,
an ACR member who is not a workplace or
family mediator or an arbitrator can be designated as an Advanced Practitioner. AAP
now makes it possible for practitioners of
other processes such as facilitation, conflict
system design, dialogue and deliberation,
coaches and so many others to obtain Advanced Practitioner designation.
Becoming an Advanced Practitioner of-
fers a more advanced level of member-
ship, with different criteria depending on
the area of practice and the guidelines set
by the organizational section which covers
the practice. Although Advanced Practitio-
ner status is a membership category and
not a certification process, it still serves as
an indicator of a level of achievement with-
in the profession and of rigorous training
and extensive experience. The completed
AAP application serves as an alternative to
a resume in that it more clearly represents
the breadth and depth of their prepara-
tion and experience. In addition, there is
a collective benefit in that this designation
raises the bar of excellence for all.
Unlike the Practitioner, Educator, or Re-
searcher membership statuses (which
represent having completed 40 hours of
conflict resolution training or continuing
education courses and having three years
of relevant experience), AAP designation
is based on advanced levels of experience
and training, starting around 80 hours of
training (with 30 foundational and 50 spe-
cialized) and 360 hours of experience. It
offers a new level of recognition for those
members who have dedicated themselves
to advancing their skill, and indicates that
level of achievement to other profession-
als and to the public. In this way, by hold-
ing ourselves as practitioners to a com-
mitment of continuous improvement, AP
status is a member benefit that enriches
the field of professionals in dispute resolu-
tion as a whole.
Upon receiving the AAP designation, the
member receives the benefits of being
an ACR Advanced Practitioner including a
specialized listing on the ACR website. This
listing makes the names and contact information of Advanced Practitioners more
available to potential clients and other professionals seeking services. The application
has a minimal non-refundable application
fee. The annual dues rate for Advanced
Practitioner status is only $20 more than
regular membership level.
ACR members looking to add additional
professional recognition to their resume,
regardless of their focus area (facilitation,
mediation, coaching, conflict system design, dialogue and deliberation, etc.), can
find the AAP applications online at a. Information about the Family and Divorce
mediator, Workplace Mediator, and Workplace Arbitrator Advanced Practitioner
designation also appear there.
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their own rather than illustrating articles.
They can be on any subject—flowers,
wildlife, portraits (as long as you have the
subject’s permission), travel scenes, and
whatever else your camera captures—and
they don’t have to have anything to do
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we’ll select a few images for each issue
(preferably ones that haven’t been
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“ACResolution Magazine Photography” in the subject line.
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from time to time in ACResolution Magazine.