Becoming a Mediator

How do I become a Mediator?
Complete a basic mediation training course that meets the requirements of Maryland Rule 17-205 or 17-304.  These courses are generally between 40-hours to 55-hours.

Mediation Frameworks in Maryland
There are a variety of mediation frameworks. 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
In Maryland, 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. The Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution and Community Mediation Maryland both offer performance based certification programs.  This 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)
  • Volunteer opportunities exist in the District Court and Community Mediation, but are not always readily available. Contact your local program to find out more. 
  • Network
  • Join a practitioner organization
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)