Who Can Be a Mediator?
Mediators in programs that receive state funds to provide dispute resolution services must meet the minimum qualification and training requirements established by the Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission and set out in Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR Chapter 718).
Individual programs often have additional requirements for training and practice under the supervision of an experienced mediator. It is typical for a mediator to have completed a 32-40 hour basic mediation training. Mediators specializing in areas such as workplace disputes, family mediation, land-use issues, etc. commonly complete additional training in those specific areas.
Visit the mediator qualifications page for more information.
Where Can I Get Training and Experience?
- Consider becoming a volunteer mediator at your local community mediation program. Many of these programs offer low-or-no cost training in exchange for volunteer commitments. See OMA’s Community Dispute Resolution Centers page for more information.
- The OMA Training & Education Calendar lists a variety of educational opportunities.
- University-based programs below offer a range of opportunities from single classes to Master’s degree programs. See University Based Conflict Resolution Programs for more information.