Becoming a Mediator

How do I become a Mediator?
If you want to be a mediator on a court roster, your first step is to complete a basic mediation training course that meets the requirements of Maryland Rule 17-104. These courses are generally between 40 to 55 hours and several trainers provide this training. This is also good advice for anyone interested in mediation as a career. There are additional requirements to be placed on court rosters, and those can be found in Rules 17-205 (circuit courts) and 17-304 (District Court).

If you want to be a mediator in your community, an option that is compatible to the one mentioned above is to take the mediation training provided by your local community mediation center.

Mediation Frameworks in Maryland
There are a variety of mediation frameworks practiced in Maryland and beyond. Generally, a mediation framework describes the skills and techniques a mediator might use while mediating. Click here to see a description of the predominant frameworks practiced in Maryland.

Find a Trainer
Mediation courses are offered by private trainers, community mediation programs, community colleges, and bar associations. To learn about trainings in your area, join the MACRO listserv by e-mailing, or visit the MPME calendar of events.

Mediator Certification
Once a mediator has completed the basic mediation training program, they receive a “certificate of completion.” This does not mean that they are a “certified mediator.” In order for a mediator be considered “certified,“ s/he must show proficiency in a performance-based assessment process. Both the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR) and Community Mediation Maryland (CMM) offer performance-based certification programs in Maryland. The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) offers a performance-based certification program nationally. Performance-based certification is an additional step one may take toward professional development as a mediator, but it is not required to mediate in Maryland.

What Next?
Becoming a skilled mediator requires more than basic training; it requires experience, feedback and continuing education. After you have taken a training, the next best steps are to:

  • Mediate, co-mediate and observe (ask your trainer where these opportunities exist)
  • Look for opportunities to mediate with the District Court and Community Mediation Centers. However, please be aware that these opportunities are not always readily available. Contact your local program to find out more.
  • Network
  • Join the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence
  • Join one or more local and national practitioner organizations.
ADR Applications (PDF)
Form (PDF)
Designation as a Mediator, eligible to receive Maryland circuit court case referrals. Application
Designation as an ADR Practitioner providing services other than mediation, eligible to receive Maryland circuit court case referrals. Application
Designation as a Mediator in the Business and Technology Case Management Program in the circuit courts. Application

ADR Service Provider (including mediator, settlement conference facilitator, neutral case evaluator, and/or neutral fact-finder) for the Health Care Malpractice ADR Program

Qualifications needed to be listed as an ADR Service Provider for the Health Care Malpractice ADR Program
ADR Volunteer in the District Court of Maryland. Application
Orphans' Court for Baltimore City: application to mediate for advanced course in probate issues Application 
Orphans' Court for Baltimore County: application to mediate. Application (PDF) 
Application (Word)

For more information about being a mediator in Maryland, please go to the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence site.