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.

Virginia Court Mediator Certification Requirements (PDF)

 
  • Civil Track
  • Family (Divorce/Separation) Track
  • Re-Certification

TYPICAL ISSUES:

  • landlord/tenant
  • contract
  • debt
  • business-to-business
  • neighborhood

LEVELS

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

REQUIREMENTS

Pre-requisite: Bachelor's degree OR equivalent work experience

 GDCCCCCourse Details
TRAINING   
Mediation Skills and Process OR minimum 20-hour basic mediation trainingRequiredRequired

Dates: Sept. 11-14, Nov. 13-16

Fee: $895 with 30-day early registration; $945 late registration
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Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System (Waived for members of the Virginia Bar)RequiredRequired

Dates: Nov. 30

Fee: $265 with 30-day early registration; $315 late registration
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Facilitation and Group Consensus BuildingN/ARequired

Dates: October 17-18

Fee: $595 with 30-day early registration; $645 late registration
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Preparing Memoranda and AgreementsN/ARequiredDates: June 22

Fee: $265 with 30-day early registration; $315 late registration
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Mediating Complex and Multi-Party Civil CasesN/A Required

Dates: October 11

Fee: $345 with 30-day early registration; $395 late registration
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MENTORSHIP   
Observations

Required - Minimum: 

2 cases in court

OR

2-day Mediation Practicum (Civil)

Available at NVMS

Required - Minimum:

2 cases in court

Not available at NVMS

 

Dates: Ongoing 

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Co-mediations

Required - Minimum: 

3 cases 
Total of 5 hours
Scrivener for 1 agreement

Available at NVMS

Required - Minimum: 

5 cases at CCC level 
Total of 10 hours
Scrivener for 1 agreement

Not available at NVMS

Dates: On-going

Register here

 
TOTAL COST $1,935 $2,415 (Training only) 

LEVELS

  • 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

REQUIREMENTS

Pre-requisite: Bachelor's degree OR equivalent work experience

 JDRCCFCourse Details
TRAINING   
Mediation Skills and Process OR minimum 20-hour basic mediation trainingRequiredRequired

Dates: Sept. 11-14, Nov. 13-16

Fee: $895 with 30-day early registration; $945 late registration
Register here

Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System (Waived for members of the Virginia Bar)RequiredRequired

Dates: Nov. 30

Fee: $265 with 30-day early registration; $315 late registration
Register here

 
Family Mediation Skills or minimum 20-hour basic family (divorce/separation) mediation skillsRequiredRequired

Dates: June 7-9

Fee: $845 with 30-day early registration; $895 late registration
Register here

 
Domestic Violence AssessmentRequiredRequiredDates: June 20

Fee: $345 with 30-day early registration; $395 late registration
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Resolving Economic Issues in DivorceN/A Required

Dates: August 16-17

Fee: $495 with 30-day early registration; $545 late registration
Register here

 
MENTORSHIP   
Observations

Required - Minimum: 

2 cases in court

Not available at NVMS

OR

2-day Mediation Practicum (Family)

Available at NVMS

Required - Minimum:

2 cases in court

Not available at NVMS

OR

2-day Mediation Practicum (Family)

Available at NVMS

Dates for Mediation Practicum (Family): July 27-28

Fee: $545 with 30-day early registration; $495 late registration
Register here

 
Co-mediations

Required - Minimum: 

5 cases at JDR level

Total of 10 hours

Scrivener for 1 agreement

Completion of 1 child support worksheet

Available at NVMS

Required - Minimum: 

5 cases at CCF level (must include property)

Total of 10 hours

Scrivener for 1 agreement

Completion of 1 child support worksheet

Available at NVMS

Dates: On-going

 

Register here

 
TOTAL COST $3,100 $3,595 

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

Considerations:

  • 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
Want to get started? 

Contact us – (703) 865-7261 or training@nvms.us