Virginia is one of the states to require a mentored apprenticeship, in addition to classroom training, in order to be certified as a court-referred mediator. During this mentorship, the mentee observes the stages of the mediation process and conducts mediation sessions under the guidance of a certified mentor mediator.
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The majority of cases that NVMS mediates are referred through on-site courthouse mediation programs with Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudon counties. Courts are in session according to the following schedule:
Loudon SCC – Tuesdays, 8:30am
Fairfax SCC – Fridays, 9:30am
Arlington SCC – Second, third, fourth, and fifth Fridays, 9:30am
Observations – $100/observation
Co-mediations – $150/co-mediation
The full cost of apprenticeship (2 observations and 3 co-mediations) is $650. For participants who complete an Observation training instead of observations, the fee will be $450. These fees must be paid in advance in order to be added to the mentee wait list. Should the participant complete less than 2 observations and/or 3 co-mediations, she/he will be charged a prorated amount, and the balance will be refunded according to the NVMS refund policy. Cases need not end in an agreement in order to count as “completed” mediations. Please see the “Mentorship Guidelines” for more details on what counts as a “completed” mediation for certification purposes.
To register to complete your mentorship with NVMS, please fill in the form below.
Payment and Cancellation
Full payment must be received no later than 5 calendar days prior to your first court date in order for your spot to be reserved and your mentor notified of the mentorship. All receipts are sent via email at the email address provided on the registration form.
If you are unable to attend, you may re-schedule your court date no later than 5 calendar days before you are scheduled to attend. If an appointment is re-scheduled more than once a $15 fee will be incurred each additional re-schedule.
A fee equal to 30% of the regular appointment cost will apply for any changes to registration (cancellation, re-scheduling) made less than 5 calendar days in advance. The fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be applied towards future mediation dates.
Refunds may be processed in the following ways: credit to be used on an NVMS-sponsored observation or co-mediation of equal or lesser value within a year from being awarded or by check. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing.
Participants who register for the mentorship court date but do not attend or cancel their registration less than 24 hours prior to the start of the training will be billed the full cost of the session.