How to Certify
The Washington Mediation Association’s Mediator Certification Program for WMA Members
Now that WMA is several years into its certification program, we have become more confident than ever that establishing mediator practitioner qualifications and certification are important steps in gaining wider acceptance of mediation among the courts and other professions in our state.
In order to honor the diverse mediation backgrounds of applicants, WMA provides several ways to satisfy qualification requirements. For example, we offer three options to satisfy the experience requirement. Should you have any questions about meeting the qualifications or providing documentation, we encourage you to contact the WMA Certifications and Qualifications Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WMA membership is open to all interested people. While we strongly encourage mediators to pursue certification, it is not a requirement for general membership. Please see the WMA web tab called “Join WMA” for membership information.
WMA Certification Application Packet
For a detailed description of the certification process, download the Rev 10-21-14 WMA Certified Member Mediator Application. This packet contains instructions about the process and an explanation of the qualification requirements.
- Membership in WMA
- Dues must be current
Basic Mediation Training
Applicants must have at least 36 hours of basic mediation training.
A. Applicants must have at least 200 hours of mediation experience and a letter of recommendation, OR
B. Have at least 24 hours of approved supervised mediation through a WMA-approved practicum program and a minimum of 36 hours of additional, post-practicum mediation, OR
C. Complete the equivalent of option A or B in another state and submit a letter of recommendation.
Other Experience or Study – Areas of Specialization or Categories of Practice
“Beginning October 10th, 2014, the WMA will be phasing out Areas of Specialization. This means that all Areas of Specialization that you claim, whether new or existing, will be terminated within 12 months. Within the 12 months, and as soon as possible, these Areas of Specialization will be replaced by a system that will allow mediators to describe their practice in searchable terms the public can use to find the mediator they need. At that time, the WMA will no longer accept original or renewing applications for Areas of Specialization designation, and will be eliminating ones that are existing.”
Applicants must document at least 60 hours of additional education/experience relevant to their specific area(s) of specialization or category(ies) of practice. Choosing an area of specialization is not necessary; applicants may ask to be considered for general certification.
WMA strongly recommends that certified mediators, unless mediating solely as a volunteer for a Washington DRC or the government, secure liability insurance. WMA has secured group professional liability coverage which may be purchased by WMA members.
Standards of Practice
Certified Mediators must adhere to WMA’s Standards of Practice for Mediators and comply with the grievance policy.
To maintain certification, 20 hours of mediator continuing education and 12 hours of mediation experience are required every two years. Reference the “Renewal” page under the “Certification” tab for additional information.
Documentation and Additional Resources
- Application Packet: Rev 10-21-14 WMA Certified Member Mediator Application
- Training: WMA Identified Areas of Study and Training.pdf
- Support Documentation:
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For a detailed description of the certification process, download the Rev 10-21-14 WMA Certified Member Mediator Applicationt. You can submit your materials electronically via email@example.com. Mail the fees and the signed and notarized “Affidavit of Compliance” (page 3 of the WMA Certification Application Packet) to the address below. We suggest that you keep a full copy of your application for your records.
1122 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122-3934
Information is available on the WMA “Mediator Certification” tab, “Fees” page.