General District Court Mediation Certification Mentorship Program

Virginia is one of the states to require, as part of the court-referred mediator certification process, both a mentored apprenticeship and classroom training. During this mentorship, the mentee observes and conducts mediation sessions under the guidance of certified mentor mediators.


Our organization is working closely with our partners at the Fairfax, Arlington, Falls Church and Loudoun General District Courts to make mediation services accessible and available. At this time, in accordance with state-wide guidance on the response to COVID-19, all of our mediations are currently being conducted online via Zoom, WebEx, and in some cases, phone.

Call for Applications

Enrollment is currently closed. We will update this page as new opportunities arise in 2021.

Please note that the process for roster recruitment typically opened up each Fall in the past, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on operations across the board, we have paused onboarding new mediators for the time-being. Our focus has been working with the courts to build our remote capacity and to figure out what mediation will look like long-term.

Thank you for your interest and patience!

Prerequisites for GDC Mentorship Cohort

  1. Completion of OES-DRS Certified 20-Hour Mediation Basic Training
  2. Satisfied observation requirement by either (a) observation training or (b) 2 qualifying mentored observations by the start of co-mediation’s.
    1. NVMS Observation Training