Many Family Financial mediators wish to be certified in both the Superior Court and Family Financial mediation programs. While we recommend that you take the full course for your second certification, it is possible under Rule 8 of the Superior Court Mediation Program Rules to be certified in that program by completing a 16-hour Supplemental Civil Superior Court training.
DRC has ruled that the last three days of our 40-Hour Civil Superior Court training may substitute for the required 16-hour course. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that not everyone who is a certified Family Financial mediator will qualify as a Superior Court mediator. The Superior Court Mediation Program has its own rules (Rule 8 with regard to certification eligibility.) If you meet those, the 16-hour training will then be adequate for the training component of certification. If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements, then the 16-hour training is of no use to you for certification purposes, although it will be useful information to you as you work in the court system.
So we recommend that you review the eligibility requirements for the Superior Court Mediation Program Rule 8 & DRC FAQs and, if you meet those, then call us for more information about an upcoming training.
Shannon Manoogian in our office will help you navigate your way through the often difficult path to dual certification. Please note, however, that many of the questions you may have about certification are questions that only the staff of the Dispute Resolution Commission can answer. So, please read the rules and FAQs on the Commission’s website and contact the staff there if you have questions about eligibility for certification.
Join us at our next training, or contact us at 1-888-842-6157.