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 has four levels of certification:

  1. General District Court (Civil Track)
  2. Circuit Court Civil (Civil Track)
  3. Juvenile and Domestic Relations (Family Track)
  4. Circuit Court Family (Family Track)

Virginia Court Mediator Certification Requirements (PDF)

 

General District Court (GDC) Certification – Civil Track

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Typical issues: landlord/tenant, contract, debt, business-to-business, neighborhood.
  • Amount in dispute is $25,000 or less
  • Includes three courts: Small Claims Court (no attorneys present), Landlord-Tenant Court (attorneys present), and General District Court (attorneys may or may not be present)

REQUIREMENTS

Pre-requisite – Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent work experience (contact the Dispute Resolution Service at the Supreme Court of Virginia for more information – (804) 786-6455)

Training:

  1. Mediation Skills and Process OR equivalent 20-hours basic mediation training
  2. Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System

Mentorship: 

  1. Observations (must only complete one of the options below)
    • Option 1: Two (2) observations in court, conducted by a mentor mediator
    • Option 2: Mediation Practicum: Civil Cases training
      • Click on the session date for additional information:
      • CME: 16; CLE: 12
      • Cost: $875 (regular); $960 (late)
  2. Co-mediations
    • Must complete a total of at least 3 co-mediations and 5 hours, and act as the scrivener for at least one agreement
    • For more information, visit the GDC Mentorship Application page
    • Cost: $175/case

TOTAL COST: $2,330 – $3,210
(Range reflects the minimum and maximum costs. Actual program cost will be in between these two numbers and it varies based on the choice of observations and date of registration for the training sessions.)

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Circuit Court Civil (CCC) Certification – Civil Track

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Typical issues: contract, workplace, etc.
  • Amount in dispute is over $25,000

REQUIREMENTS

Pre-requisite – Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent work experience (contact the Dispute Resolution Service at the Supreme Court of Virginia for more information – (804) 786-6455)

Training:

  1. Mediation Skills and Process OR equivalent 20-hours basic mediation training
  2. Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System
  3. Facilitation and Group Consensus Building
    • Click on the session date for additional information and to register: May 1-2 / October 8-9
    • CME: 8
    • Cost: $875 (regular); $960 (late)
  4. Preparing Memoranda and Agreements
    • Click on the session date for additional information and to register: August 9
    • CME: 4; CLE: 3.5
    • Cost: $265 (regular); $290 (late)
  5. Mediating Complex and Multiparty Civil Cases
    • Click on the session date for additional information and to register: September 19
    • CME: 8; CLE: 6.5
    • Cost: $450 (regular); $495 (late)

Mentorship: NOT AVAILABLE AT NVMS

  1. Observations (must only complete one of the options below)
    • Must complete a total of 2 observations
  2. Co-mediations
    • Must complete a total of at least 5 co-mediations and 10 hours, and act as the scrivener for at least one agreement

TOTAL COST: $3,145 – $3,440 (mentorship cost not included)
(Range reflects the minimum and maximum costs. Actual program cost will be in between these two numbers and it varies based on the choice of observations and date of registration for the training sessions.)

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Juvenile and Domestic Relations (JDR) Certification – Family Track

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Typical issues: custody, visitation, co-parenting, child and spousal support.

REQUIREMENTS

Pre-requisite – Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent work experience (contact the Dispute Resolution Service at the Supreme Court of Virginia for more information – (804) 786-6455)

Training:

  1. Mediation Skills and Process OR equivalent 20-hours basic mediation training
  2. Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System
  3. Family Mediation Skills
    • Click on the session date for additional information and to register: June 27-29
    • CME: 16; CLE: 18.5
    • Cost: $1,200 (regular); $1,350 (late)
  4. Domestic Violence Assessment
    • Click on the session date for additional information and to register: July 9
    • CME: 8; CLE: 7
    • Cost: $450 (regular); $495 (late)

Mentorship: 

  1. Observations (must only complete one of the options below)
    • Option 1: Two (2) observations in court, conducted by a mentor mediator
      • Not available at NVMS
    • Option 2: Family Mediation Practicum training
      • Click on the session date for additional information and to register: August 2-3
      • CME: 16; CLE: 14
      • Cost: $875 (regular); $960 (late)
  2. Co-mediations
    • Must complete a total of at least 5 co-mediations and 10 hours, act as the scrivener for at least one agreement, and complete at least one child support worksheet
    • For more information, visit the Family Mentorship Application page
    • Cost: $150/case

TOTAL COST: $4,915-$5,280
(Range reflects the minimum and maximum costs. Actual program cost will be in between these two numbers and it varies based on the choice of observations and date of registration for the training sessions.)

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Circuit Court Family (CCF) Certification – Family Track

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Typical issues: custody, visitation, co-parenting, child and spousal support and division of property and assets.

REQUIREMENTS

Pre-requisite – Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent work experience (contact the Dispute Resolution Service at the Supreme Court of Virginia for more information – (804) 786-6455)

Training:

  1. Mediation Skills and Process OR equivalent 20-hours basic mediation training
  2. Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System
  3. Family Mediation Skills
    • Click on the session date for additional information and to register: June 27-29
    • CME: 16; CLE: 18.5
    • Cost: $1,200 (regular); $1,350 (late)
  4. Domestic Violence Assessment
    • Click on the session date for additional information and to register: July 9
    • CME: 8; CLE: 7
    • Cost: $450 (regular); $495 (late)
  5. Resolving Economic Issues in Divorce
    • Click on the session date for additional information and to register: August 23-24
    • CME: 12; CLE: 8
    • Cost: $650 (regular); $700 (late)

Mentorship: 

  1. Observations (must only complete one of the options below)
    • Option 1: Two (2) observations in court, conducted by a mentor mediator
      • Not available at NVMS
    • Option 2: Family Mediation Practicum training
      • Click on the session date for additional information and to register: August 2-3
      • CME: 16; CLE: 14
      • Cost: $875 (regular); $960 (late)
  2. Co-mediations
    • Must complete a total of at least 5 co-mediations and 10 hours, act as the scrivener for at least one agreement, and complete at least one child support worksheet
    • For more information, visit the Family Mentorship Application page
    • Cost: $150/case

TOTAL COST: $5,480-$5,980
(Range reflects the minimum and maximum costs. Actual program cost will be in between these two numbers and it varies based on the choice of observations and date of registration for the training sessions.)

Do you have any questions? 

Contact us – isolosi@nvms.us