The path to mediator certification in Virginia is two-fold: you must complete course work (in-seat training) and a practicum (see Mentorship) for each level of certification you are aiming for.
The first course everyone must take is the “foundation course” for all mediator certifications — general mediation training entitled “Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills Training” (We offer this as a 22.5-hour course.)
Everyone, except Virginia licensed attorneys, also must complete a 4-hour module course on the “Virginia Judicial System”.
If working with families is your passion and you are interested in pursuing certification at the Juvenile & Domestic Relations court level, then you will need additional coursework:
- “Family Mediation Training” (We offer this as a 27-hour course.)
- 8-hour module course on “Domestic Violence and Family Mediation”
The Circuit Court mediator certification levels, which are for advanced, complex cases, require additional courses and practicums.
- For the Circuit Court Civil certification you will need to take a 20-hour “Circuit Court Civil” training.
- The Circuit Court Family certification requires an additional 12-hour training, “Circuit Court Family” training.
If you are ready to get started, check out the training calendar and register for a general mediation class.