Cultural values about the outcomes of training and the development of a competent workforce have changed significantly, affecting the training of mediators. This article addresses:

• the context in which the national vocational training agenda has influenced local training;
• the competency based assessment system; and
• the complexities of designing learning outcomes and assessment criteria for introductory and advanced mediation training.

The change to competency based training (CBT) and assessment for mediation has benefits and problems, both of which will be discussed here.