Becoming a Virginia Certified Mediator allows you to take mediation referrals from Virginia’s courts.
There are four levels of certification in Virginia:
- General District Court mediator (GDC) — handling civil cases such as landlord/tenant, contract, employment disputes
- Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court mediator (JDR) — handling custody, visitation, child support, spousal support cases
- Circuit Court – Civil mediator (CCC) — handling complex civil cases
- Circuit Court – Family mediator (CCF) — handling complex family cases such as equitable distribution
Once certified you will need to recertify every 2 years and are required to complete a certain number of cases and hours of actual mediation as well as complete Mediator Continuing Education trainings.
The path to mediator certification in Virginia is two-fold: you must complete course work (in-seat training) and a practicum for each level of certification you are aiming for. Visit Dispute Resolution Services at the Office of the Executive Secretary at the Supreme Court of Virginia (the certifying body for mediators in Virginia) to learn more about requirements to be a Virginia Certified Mediator.
Anyone interested in pursuing certification in Virginia must have, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree or have applied for and received a waiver from Dispute Resolution Services.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Virginia Certified Mediator contact me or any other certified mediator to talk about the opportunities for mediation in Virginia.
You can also sign up for a mediation training. Just visit the training calendar to register.