The Gold Standard for Mediator Certification

MC3 Adds New Board Members

MC3 Expands Board of Directors

Jim Sullivan and Marvin Whistler  joining the Board

Interview: Pam Struss, PhD, Pres. VMN

Pam Struss, PhD, VMN President and MC3 Board Member

Interview: Mark Lemke, Pres. SCMA

MC3 Interview: Mark Lemke
Mark Lemke, SCMA President and MC3-Certified Mediator

Blog: "It Doesn't Mean Anything..."


By Don Cripe, MC3 Certified Mediator & ADR professional

MC3 Certification is provided to mediators who possess extensive mediation specific training and practical mediation experience. They must also have a commitment to comply with well-established ethical standards and a familiarity with basic litigation processes and procedures. Finally, MC3-Certified Mediators are committed to ongoing and continuous professional activity and development.

Mediation panels and other clients who hire MC3-Certified Mediators can have confidence that they’re working with professionals who have been trained and tested and who uphold the highest of practical, professional, and ethical standards in the field.

There are a variety of career experiences that mediators may rely on to receive their MC3 Certification, but all roads require the education and experience stated above. You can learn more on the Applicants section of this website.

hours of mediation-specific training

hours of experience in mediation and support activities

compliance with ethical standards

background check

quality-assurance process for alleged misconduct


Obtaining your MC3 Certification is an effective way to distinguish yourself as a mediator. You’ll be recognized for your experience and commitment to ethical practice.


Congratulations on becoming an MC3-Certified Mediator! Check here to view mediator resources, update your public profile, annually renew your Certification and Re-certify every three years.


Adopt MC3 Qualifications for your panel.  MC3-Certified Mediators have met standards beyond those often used to qualify mediators state by state, including abiding by an ethics code and passing a background check.


Looking for a qualified mediator to help resolve your dispute?  MC3-Certified Mediators are qualified under the highest of standards, and are bound by ethical codes well regarded in mediation.