Recognized Core Content and Litigation Training for Initial Certification

Required Nuts and Bolts Litigation Course for Mediators

One of the requirements to become an MC3-Certified Mediator is completion of a minimum 3 hours litigation nuts and bolts training course for those candidates who do not have a law background or have not had the experience in mediating litigated cases. The training must be from a single training provider (the provider may be the same one used to satisfy the requirement for a program that covers the basics in how to conduct mediator (see below) or it may be a different provider who’s curriculum includes legal terminology, litigation processes, rules and procedures.

Recognized Nuts and Bolts Litigation Course for Mediators

The Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and presenter Mark Lemke, Esq are providing this online/on-demand course on Litigation Nuts and Bolts Training for Mediators. this program has been approved by MC3 as meeting its requirement for a litigation nuts and bolts program.

Approved Nuts-and-Bolts Programs

The following is a list of approved programs offered in the community whose content has already demonstrated its acceptability to MC3 for compliance with the Litigation Nuts-and-Bolts training requirement:

  • Center for Civic Mediation - Los Angeles County Bar Association [NC100]
  • Paralegal Studies with Concentration in Litigation, ABA approved - University of California, Los Angeles [NL100]
  • Law 1232, Pepperdine Law School [NP100]

If applicants believe they have fulfilled the MC3 litigation nuts and bolts requirement through another provider, not listed above, they will need to submit both their completion certificate and appropriate syllabi or other evidence of course content.

Recognized Mediation Courses

The providers of the training courses listed immediately below are working directly with MC3 to ensure that applicants understand the value of MC3-Mediator Certification. If a mediation training provider would like to have its course recognized and linked to our website, contact us at support@mc3certified.org.

If you are looking for a mediation training that will be consistent with MC3 standards, click on the links below to learn more information about upcoming approved course offerings.

Approved University Courses

2 semester unit or more university courses that cover the Core Content that can cover the full 80 hours of the Education Component. Those courses would include:

  • USC Gould School of Law- LAW 680 Mediation Theory & Practice [UU100]
  • USC Gould School of Law- LAW 630 Mediation Clinic [UU110]
  • USC Gould School of Law- LAW 572 Practical Mediation Skills Clinic [UU120]
  • CSUDH Mediation NCR 525.01 [UC100]
  • Pepperdine Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution- LAW 5401 Mediation Theory & Practice [UP100]
  • Pepperdine Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution- LAW 1422 Mediation Theory & Practice [UP110]

Approved Mediation Courses

MC3 has approved the following mediation courses as satisfying its requirement for a program that covers the basics in how to conduct mediation. Applicants satisfactorily completing these courses may use their completion certificate alone as proof of having completed this requirement when applying for MC3 Certification.

If an applicant has completed a mediation course that is not listed below but that the applicant believes meets the Core Content required by MC3, the applicant will be required to submit both their completion certificate and appropriate syllabi or other evidence of course content. As additional mediation courses are approved, they will be added to this list.

These trainings have been utilized by previous MC3 applicants or are known in the community to include the Core Content and will also meet MC3 requirements.

  • American Arbitration Association, Mediation.org, Essential Mediation Skills for the New Mediator [TA010]
  • American Institute of Mediation, Mediating Commercial and Litigated Cases [TA100]
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills: 100-hour Certificate Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (2014–2016) [TC010]
  • California State University, Northridge: 100-hour Certificate Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (2009-2014) [TC020]
  • Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA) organizations that offer trainings of 25 hours or more in the basics of how to conduct a mediation, including but not limited to, the following:
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 40-Hour Mediation Training, or its predecessor operated under Dispute Resolution Services and the Center for Civic Mediation [TL100]
    • City of Norwalk, 40-Hour Dispute Resolution Training [TN100]
    • Waymakers, 40-Hour Mediation Training [TW100]
    • National Conflict Resolution Center, The Theory and Practice of Mediation [TN010]
    • Center for Conflict Resolution, 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training [TC030]
    • Ventura Center for Dispute Resolution, Conflict Resolution Training [TV100]
    • The Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution, 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training [TL110]
  • Ken Cloke Mediation Training [TC060]
  • Los Angeles County, Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, Practical Mediation Training (150 hr) [TL150]
  • Pacific Coast University, 30-Hour Basic Mediation Training [TP010]
  • Pepperdine University, Straus Institute, Mediating the Litigated Case [TP100]
  • Quinnipiac Center on Dispute Resolution [TQ100]