Professional Mediation Certification

How to Become a Certified Professional Mediator

At Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center, the professional mediator certification requires participants to complete a 40-hour Basic Mediation Training course.  The course is designed to meet the standards for foundational mediation training set by both Oregon Statutes ORS Chapter 36 and Washington statutes RCW 7.75.

The curriculum is organized around student learning objectives designed by Resolution Washington Education Standards Committee.  Upon completion of the 40-hour Basic Mediation Training, participants are eligible to enter into a practicum through Six Rivers DRC.

Practicum members attend continuing education seminars, practice sessions and workshops, and apprentice with mediator mentors to attain mastery of the mediation process.  Members also work in cooperation with the Practicum Supervisor to complete a customized professional development plan.

Upon successful completion of both the 40-hour Basic Mediation Training and practicum, members are eligible to apply for certification.

For additional information on mediator certification systems and regulatory entities, contact the following:
Resolution Washington
Washington Mediation Association

40-Hour Basic Mediation Training

Spring 2020 Course Dates: Due to restrictions on gathering in-person, the format for the course has been updated. More information is available below.

This 40-hour training is designed to teach participants the skills necessary to act as mediators in the facilitative model of mediation. Conflict is normal and inevitable - whether in the home, school, community, workplace, or place of worship. Leaders in all walks of life have a responsibility to help others work through their conflicts.

The community-based Basic Mediation Training offered by Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center is an opportunity to develop conflict resolution skills and contribute to nonviolent, non-adversarial dispute resolution in our community. With additional training, optional mediator certification is available through the DRC.

Discounted tuition is offered for those willing to commit to completing our one-year practicum program and serving as a volunteer mediator for an additional year. Additional scholarship money may be available for those with limited income. Scholarship applications will be required.

Tuition is $805. Discounted tuition for the 2-year volunteer mediator commitment is $395.

Register online here or contact us for additional options.

Updated training format: The first 16 hours of content will be delivered via online self-guided learning modules. This content includes conflict theory and mediation tools. Friday April 3, 10, and 17th we will also host a Zoom call to introduce ourselves and the group, answer questions, and provide brief, focused webinars. We hope that by May 1st, in person meetings can resume. We will focus the three May training dates on practice and role plays (May 1st, 8th, and 15th). This model is used by several other DRCs in Oregon, and we are partnering with them to provide the same high quality training as always.

Mission Statement

By establishing a forum where each party is heard, we teach listening.

By creating an environment where each party can speak, we teach communication.

By developing processes that seek resolution, we teach the importance of dialogue.

By building these processes into a method of mediating disputes we teach citizenship.