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Mediation Certification

FairField offers the training for individuals and businesses seeking Virginia Supreme Court certification to mediate court cases. All FairField coursework and all trainers are certified by the Virginia Supreme Court. Trainees take short courses (4-20 hours each) and engage in observations and co-mediations in order to qualify for state exams. Trainees must have a bachelor’s degree or obtain a waiver with evidence of relevant work and life experience.

Mediators come from all walks of life – lawyers, human resource managers, counselors, financial planners, retirees, and others.  Course material is widely applicable in daily life. Mediators make a difference by facilitating peaceable settlement of differences. To learn more about what it means to be a mediator, visit our mediators page.

If you are interesting in learning more about becoming a mediator, please contact Shannon, FairField’s Director of Training, at (540) 434-0059 or training@fairfieldcenter.org.


Virginia Mediator Certification Requirements

General District Court
•    20 hr Basic Mediation Training Course
•    4 hr Virginia’s Judicial System Training Course
•    2 Mediation Observations (w/ certified Mentor)
•    3 Co-Mediations (min. 5 hrs w/ certified Mentor)
•    1 Submission of 1 Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement
•     Register for training
Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court
•    20 hr Basic Mediation Training Course
•    20 hr Family Mediation Training Course
•    4 hr Virginia’s Judicial System Training Course
•    8 hr Domestic Violence in Mediation training
•    2 Observations of Domestic Relations Cases (w/ Certified Mentor)
•    5 Domestic Relations Co-Mediations (min. 10 hours w/ Certified Mentor)
•    1 Submission of Child Support Worksheet & Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement
Circuit Court -Civil
•    20 hr Basic Mediation Training Course
•    20 hr Advanced Training (to handle procedurally complex cases)
•    4 hr Virginia’s Judicial System Training
•    2 Observations of Circuit Court-Civil Cases (w/ Certified Mentor)
•    5 Co-Mediations of Circuit Court-Civil (min. 10 hrs w/ Certified Mentor)
•    1 Submission of Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement
•    Register  for training
Circuit Court – Family
•    20 hr Basic Mediation Training Course
•    20 hr Family Mediation Training Course
•    4 hr Virginia’s Judicial System Training Course
•    8 hr Domestic Violence in Mediation training
•    12 hr Advanced Mediation Training (in family finance and economic issues including equitable distribution and spousal support)
•    2 Observations of Circuit Court-Civil Cases (w/ Certified Mentor)
•    5 Co-Mediations of Circuit Court-Civil (min. 10 hrs w/ Certified Mentor)
•    1 Submission of Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement
Continuing Education / Certification “Maintenance”
Remaining a certified mediator for the Virginia Supreme Court requires annual coursework and mediation hours.  Fairfield Communication Training offers continuing education for mediator certification maintenance.
Certified individuals seeking mediation hours may contact Fairfield Center at any time.
Mentoring Qualifications
•    Current Virginia Mediator Certification
•    Re-certification at least once
•    Completion of a 2-hour certified course in Mentoring Others.
Click here for the most current certification requirements at the website for the Supreme Court of Virginia.
To obtain a certification packet, contact:
Department of Dispute Resolution Services
Supreme Court of Virginia
100 North Ninth St. 3rd Floor
Richmond, VA  23219
804-786-6455