Becoming a mediator can be a satisfying and challenging career choice. You will not only be presented with interesting and different issues on a daily basis, but also get to help people resolve conflict and achieve a satisfactory resolution to their problems. Here are some tips to help you become a mediator.
Find out the requirements for becoming a mediator in your state. Each state has different requirements for becoming a mediator. While you do not necessarily need to be a lawyer, you need to check to see if there are any licensing, registration or certification requirements.
Get the necessary training or education. Mediators need to be knowledgeable about mediation theory and ethics, as well as become skilled in mediation techniques. There are many course available to help you learn the necessary skills to become a successful mediator. The mediate.com website has lots on information on mediation training.
Practice your skills. The best way to become a mediator is to gain experience mediating. Ask other mediators or any training program instructors you had what opportunities are out there and how to go about finding them. You can also just volunteer your time in small claims cases or any available community mediation programs.
Become involved in the mediation community. By joining professional mediation associations you can get to know and network with other people in the mediation field. Other mediators are great sources for referrals.
Be aware that most court-sponsored or court-referred mediation programs do have some education and licensing requirements for mediators. Mediators who aren't attorneys may be limited in the kinds of services they can provide for their clients and need to be very careful not to inadvertently and unlawfully engage in the unauthorized practice of law.