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. 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.
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 County, Small Claims Court – Tuesdays, 8:30am
Fairfax County, Small Claims Court – Fridays, 9:30am
Arlington County, Small Claims Court – Second, third, fourth, and fifth Fridays, 9:30am
*If a mentee has not met their certification requirements of 5 hours of mediation time and acting scrivener on an agreement after their 3rd co-mediation they will be allowed to schedule additional mediations at no charge until their requirements are satisfied.
$650 for full program*
Pre-payment provides the opportunity for mentees to pay in advance of starting the mentorship at a discounted rate. If selected, an invoice will be sent upon registration and be required prior to the first scheduled mediation. Otherwise the mentee will be invoiced on a Pay-As-You-Go basis.
*If less mediations are required price will be adjusted on a basis of:
$100 – Observation
$150 – Co-mediation
$105 – Observation
$155 – Co-mediation
$50 per co-mediation
Invoices will be sent out at the end of each month.
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.