Certified mediators are required to report 16 hours of continuing mediator education (CME) credits which applicable to each area in which they are certified every two years as detailed below:
County Court Mediator: 16 hours which includes 4 hours of mediator ethics, 2 hours of domestic violence and 1 hour of diversity/cultural awareness
Family Mediator: 16 hours which includes 4 hours of mediator ethics, 4 hours domestic violence and 1 hour of diversity/cultural awareness
Dependency Mediator: 16 hours which includes 4 hours of mediator ethics, 4 hours of domestic violence and 1 hour of diversity/cultural awareness
Circuit Court Mediator (aka Circuit Civil Mediator): 16 hours which included 4 hours of mediator ethics, 2 hours of domestic violence and 1 hour of diversity/cultural awareness
The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) does not pre-approve mediation activities. For a program to qualify for CME, it shall “have a significant intellectual or practical content and shall constitute an organized program of learning directly related to the practice of mediation.”
CME hours are based upon a 50-minute hour. Mediators must maintain proof of CME activities and must report their CME hours at the end of each two year renewal cycle. Mediators should keep documentation of their CME activities in the event that they are audited at the time of renewal. The documentation to retain includes the name of provider organization, the program agenda with time frames and topics reflected, a certificate of attendance or completion, a copy of the registration information, and any other similar documentation.
Courses on general mediation skills, mediator ethics and domestic violence apply in all areas of certification (e.g., county, family, circuit civil, and dependency). Courses which are specific to one area of mediation (e.g., Mediation Skills for Family Mediators) may only be applicable in that area of mediation (e.g., family).
Mediators must complete half of their hours via attendance at a live seminar or attendance at an audio/video playback of a lecture with a group where the group discusses the materials presented.
A complete description of the CME requirements is included in the Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC11-1 Procedures Governing Certification of Mediators and mediators are encouraged to review this AOSC11-1 as well as contact the DRC for additional information.
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