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 phone, Zoom or Webex.

Call for Applications

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

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 – September 17-18, 2020