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.
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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