Mediator Certification: What does it mean? Why is it important?

Since training is one of the hats I wear, I frequently get calls from people who say, “Do you offer training to become a certified mediator?” or “Do you offer mediator certification training?”  I explain that I offer mediation training and upon completion attendees receive a certificate of attendance.  This does not mean you are a certified mediator.[1]  The distinction may seem like semantics but this is a serious issue among professionals who have devoted their careers to becoming quality practitioners. In this post, I’d like to explain some of the important distinctions surrounding credentials for mediation.

Licensing, certification, and credentialing are major issues in many professions and mediation is no different.  Professions are regulated by the states and each state has different requirements.  As mediation has grown and come into its own as a recognized profession, certification has become even more important.

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