MCDR Certification 

Mediator Certification

MCDR has been certifying mediators for over 20 years and is one of the few credentialing entities in the country that certifies a mediator based on a mediator’s demonstrated performance.  MCDR’s certification process has been used by some circuit courts in Maryland to assess mediators.  MCDR’s certification process is also used by IMI (International Mediation Institute) for international certification process.

Next Certification Date: Sunday, November 12

Application Deadline:  October 27

What is it?

  • A performance-based assessment process for mediators
  • One of the few accessible peer review skills development opportunities for mediators in the U.S.
  • It’s considered a national model in quality assurance and mediator credentials
  • This widely tested skills assessment was designed by Family Mediation Canada (FMC) and modified by MCDR with the consent of FMC

What are the benefits?

  • It’s one of the few programs recognized internationally by the International Mediation Institute (IMI)
  • Since mediation is not regulated in Maryland and a Maryland licensure process does not currently exist, certification from MCDR, a reputable organization, is recognized among roster administrators across the state
  • Since it develops personal and professional growth, some Maryland court rosters have required their mediators to sit for MCDR Certification

How do I obtain certification?

What areas will be part of the assessment?

  • How the mediator manages the mediation process
  • How the mediator manages the content of the mediation
  • How the mediator manages the relationship of the parties
  • There are 9 competences including ethical and emotional aspects contained in each of the three processes above which you are assessed on

What happens at the assessment?

  • Mediators have already chosen their own role play subject area including parenting, workplace, civil or community disputes
  • Mediators mediate in a 1 hour role play
  • Role players and assessors give mediators immediate feedback following the role play

What happens after the assessment?

  • Candidates receive their assessment and role play dvd/thumb drive within 4 weeks of the date of assessment
  • Once the mediator passes, the mediator is awarded MCDR Certification

What if I don’t pass?

  • You can participate in a second assessment process within 1 year at no cost to you
  • MCDR will offer mentoring for candidates to re-take the assessment
  • You have an appeals process if one assessor passes you and the other assessor does not pass you (in order to pass both assessors must pass you)

How can I prepare?

  • Become a seasoned competent mediator (the recommendation is to have mediated at least 50 cases)
  • Volunteer to be a role player during an assessment day to observe the process. Contact the Certification Committee for more information about the next assessment please contact Kate Cullen  (301) 606-4578
  • Contact the Certification Committee Chair:  Kate Cullen  (301) 606-4578


“The certification process is one of the best tools for professional development.”

- Eileen Coen, JD, MCDR Certified Mediator



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 Bethesda, Maryland   20817

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MCDR is the oldest membership-based organization in Maryland dedicated to promoting the use of mediation and supporting

the mediation profession.  We have a proud history of successfully advocating for allowing multiple professions to practice mediation,

halting attempts to restrict the practice some fifteen years ago.  MCDR is the first organization to establish performance based criteria

now in use as a national model, part of an ongoing dialogue on quality assurance and mediator credentials.

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