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What are Mediation Courses?

Saturday, January, 15, 2011

Mediation courses and training requirements vary by state. In many cases, mediation training is available through independent mediation programs, local or national professional membership organizations. For court-funded or state-funded programs, a mediator has to meet specific experience and training standards in order to practice as a mediator.

A Rundown of Courses for Mediation

Basic courses are typically 40-hour courses. To obtain more advanced training, advanced 20-hour mediation classes are also available, and certificate programs are available in some colleges and universities. Some currently employed mediators received their position training by volunteering in a local community mediation center. In some states, mediation courses are available through post-secondary schools. Moreover, some mediators obtained an advanced degree through a two-year master's program consisting of conflict management or dispute resolution or even through a four to five year doctoral program.

Furthermore, some mediators obtain a JD degree that also consists of mediation courses, while other mediators have a background in public policy. Currently, there is no known national licensing or credential requirements mediators. However, states vary on their requirements. For example, some states require mediators to have a license. On the other hand, some states only require the mediator to be certified or registered. Only a handful of states currently have certification programs. On the Federal level, Navy mediators are certified, who have met various U.S. Department of Navy requirements.

Mediators must have good communication skills, including listening and negotiation skills, which can be developed through mediation courses. They must have good analytical and reasoning skills to dissect large amounts of information. Good problem solving skills and decision making skills are critical.