How to Certify

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.

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 Join WMA for membership information.

WMA Certification Application Packet

For a detailed description of the certification process, download the Certified Member Mediator Application (PDF). This packet contains instructions about the process and an explanation of the qualification requirements.

Qualifications

  • Membership in WMA
  • Dues must be current

Basic Mediation Training

Applicants must have at least 36 hours of basic mediation training.

Mediation Experience

  1. Applicants must have at least 200 hours of mediation experience and a letter of recommendation, OR
  2. 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
  3. Complete the equivalent of option A or B in another state and submit a letter of recommendation.

Documentation and Additional Resources

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Process

For a detailed description of the certification process, download the Certified Member Mediator Application (PDF). You can submit your materials electronically to admin@washingtonmediation.org or mail the fees and the signed and notarized “Affidavit of Compliance” (page 3 of the Certified Member Mediator Application (PDF)) to the address below. We suggest that you keep a full copy of your application for your records.

Washington Mediation Association
1122 E. Pike St.
PMB #1095
Seattle, WA 98122-3934