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.
Currently the NVMS GDC Mentorship Program is experiencing an influx of applicants. Due to the unpredictable nature of court cases the waitlist is currently at approximately 6-8 months upon submission of your registration.
Thank you for your patience.
Roster Status Changes
Waitlist to Active Roster
Mentees are automatically added to the waitlist upon submission of their mentorship application. Once openings in schedule become available they will be notified of the acceptance to the active roster.
Mentees that elect to be “on-call” will be added to a notification listserv for those on the waitlist who are close to being added to the active roster. This is typically the first five (5) mentees and will be notified of mentorship date cancellations in which they can sign up. These are typically one week prior to the scheduled date and will require the mentee to get in touch with the mentor within a few days.
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.
$775 for full program*
Upon submission of registration you will be directed to a Paypal Invoice for completion of payment. The full amount will be due upon start of the active mentorship program.
*If less mediations are required price will be adjusted on a basis of:
$125 – Observation
$175 – 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.
Please Note If requesting a prepaid invoice, you will be redirected to PayPal to complete the transaction.
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 hours prior to the start of the session will be billed the full cost of the session.
Removal from Active Roster
If a mentee has a late cancellation or extended inactive period, they are subject to being dropped from the active roster for mentorship. This is due to the high volume of mentees that complete their General District Court certification requirements via NVMS and an effort to reduce the overall mentorship timeline. Please see below the official policy:
If a mentee has not requested a mentorship session for two months concurrently or three months cumulatively the mentee will be removed from the active roster to the waitlist and receive an inquiry as to their interest in continuing to pursue mentorship.
1st Late Cancellation/No Show – Warning
The first late cancellation/no show from a mentee will constitute a warning.
2nd Cancellation/No Show – Removed to Waitlist
The second late cancellation/no show a mentee will be removed from the active roster to the waitlist and will receive a status notification.
*Managerial discretion may be used for extenuating circumstances such as illness or family emergency, however please expect these policies to be enforced as the standard due to the nature of cancellations preventing waitlisted mentees from completing their mentorship in a timely manner.