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 Civil (CCF): custody, visitation, co-parenting, child and spousal support and division of property and assets

Prerequisite: BA or equivalent work experience
Mediation Skills and Process (prerequisite) Feb. 27-Mar.2; Apr.10-14; Jul. 9-12; Sept. 11-14; Nov. 13-16 $895 early registration; $945 late
Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System (Waived for members of the Virginia Bar) May 4; Nov. 30 $265 early registration; $315 late
Family Mediation Skills Jun. 7-9 $845 early registration; $895 late
Domestic Violence Assessment Jun. 20 $345 early registration; $395 late
Resolving Economic Issues in Divorce Aug. 9-10 $495 early registration; $545 late
Facilitation and Group Consensus Building Apr. 18-19 $595 early registration; $645 late
Mediating Complex and Multi-party Civil Cases Oct. 11 $345 early registration; $395 late
Preparing Memoranda and Agreements Optional Optional Optional Jun. 22 $265 early registration; $315 late
2 Observations in Court OR Mediation Practicum: Federal and Commercial Role-Play Not Available Court observations: ongoing;
Training: Apr. 23-24; Sept. 24-25
Observations: $100/case
Training: $595 early registration; $645 late
2 Observations OR Family Mediation Practicum: JDR and Equitable Distribution Training Not Available Observations: not available;
Observations: Not available
Training: $595 early registration; $645 late
Civil Co-mediations: Minimum of 3 cases; Minimum of 5 hours spent in mediation; Scrivener for at least one written agreement Not Available Ongoing $150/case
Family Co-mediations: Minimum of 5 cases; Minimum of 10 hours spent in mediation; Scrivener for at least one written agreement; Completion of at least one child support worksheet Ongoing $150/case

Maintaining Certification

Required every two years. Deadline October 31.

Must complete the following:

  • 6 hours of General or Family CME advanced training
  • 2 hours of Ethics training
  • 5 mediations or 15 hours (whichever comes first)

Most advanced courses at NVMS carry General and/or Family CME credits. Suggested courses:

  • Mediator Graduate School (6 General and 2 Ethics – completes all training requirements for civil)
  • Advanced mediation course + Virginia Mediator Ethics
  • Monday Night Forums (4) + Virginia Mediator Ethics

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