Court Certification

Pursuing certification is a worthwhile process for those looking to break into the field or advancing their existing careers by increasing their credibility, gaining experience and developing their professional network.

As a Virginia state certified mediator you will have completed one of the most rigorous certification processes in the country. Requirements involve intensive skill-building training as well as an in-depth apprenticeship in which participants have the opportunity to work with experienced mentor mediators and gain real-case experience.

The Virginia Court Mediator certification is a state-wide certification and it allows the mediator to accept court-referred cases from any court within the state. States have individual standards and requirements. For more information please see US Mediation Certification Standards.

Certification Levels and Requirements

Civil Track (landlord/tenant, contract, debt, business-to-business, neighborhood, etc.):

General District Court (GDC): amount in dispute is $25,000 or less
Circuit Court Civil (CCC): amount in dispute is over $25,000

Family Track (divorce/separation):

Juvenile and Domestic Relations (J&DR): custody, visitation, co-parenting, child and spousal support
Circuit Court Family (CCF): custody, visitation, co-parenting, child and spousal support and division of property and assets


Prerequisite for all certification levels: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience.  


Maintaining Certification

Required every two years. Deadline October 31.

Must complete the following:

  • 8 hours of approved mediation training (training that carries CMEs)
  • 2 hours of mediator ethics training


  • Core course count towards CME requirements.
  • Mediators with multiple certifications who recertify every year may reuse trainings as long as they take place during the two year certification period.
  • CMEs accrued in excess of the recertification requirement can be carried over up to a maximum of 8 hours.
  • Ethics training cannot be carried over.
  • Mediators attending Mediation Peer Consultation sessions may receive up to 6 hours of CMEs.
  • Co-mediations followed by self-reflection may count to up to 3 hours of CMEs.

Most advanced courses at NVMS carry CME credits. Suggested courses:

  • Mediator Graduate School (6 CME and 2 Ethics)
  • Advanced mediation course + Virginia Mediator Ethics
  • Community of Practice Events (6 events) + Virginia Mediator Ethics

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