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Qualifications Rules for Court-Connected Mediators and Arbitrators

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Continuing Education Information for Court-Connected Mediators

Under the Court-Connected Mediator Qualifications Rules that were adopted effective August 1, 2005, the rules regarding continuing education for mediators include the following:

Overview of CME Hours Required Biannually*

General Civil Mediators

(Small Claims, FED, Circuit Court, Truancy)

Domestic Relations Mediators

(Custody and Parenting, Financial Issues)

Total Hours
Mediator Ethics
Subject-Matter Specific
* Biannual reporting period begins on January 1 of the year following the mediators' approval by the local determining authority. Local courts may require annual reporting. Check with your local coordinator for policies regarding reporting in your court.
This chart is for informational purposes only. To determine whether an individual mediator has met the continuing education requirement, please refer to the full text of the rule here.

Allowable Formats for Continuing Mediator Education

The rule has been written to allow a variety of educational formats, including:

  • Live program (conference, seminar, presentation, discussion, brown bag or salon)
  • Audio, video or web-based program (conference, seminar, presentation, or discussion)
  • Receiving supervision as part of a training mentorship
  • Formally debriefing mediation cases with supervisor and/or mediator colleagues
  • Lecturing or teaching qualified continuing education course
  • Reading, authoring or editing written materials with significant mediation content

Tracking Continuing Mediator Education

It is the responsibility of individual mediators to track and report their own continuing education. An on-line tracking form is available here. The information entered into this form will be downloaded into a database which is available to court personnel. An individual mediator who uses this form to track continuing education can get a progress report from their local mediation coordinator. A paper tracking form is also available here​.