Accreditation of dispute resolution professionals
Until recently South Africa did not have a uniform standard of professional accreditation for mediators and arbitrators. Also, no standards existed for the content of training courses, or for trainers, coaches and assessors.
While there is a diversity of views on accreditation, the weight of opinion, both locally and internationally, is towards a uniform system of practitioner accreditation. (see here for more background)
In 2009 the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement launched an initiative to establish a voluntary industry organisation to formulate and adopt uniform standard of professional accreditation for mediators and arbitrators. The result was the establishment in 2010 of the South African Dispute Settlement Accreditation Council [or DiSAC].
DiSAC is currently hosted by the ACDS, but its membership consists of industry representatives, and they act autonomously in determining applicable professional standards.