How long does it take to complete the program?

The curriculum will be able to be completed in one summer. All five required courses will be offered each summer.

Do I need to take the courses for academic credit?

No. You may take the certificate program for academic credit or participate on a noncredit basis. To receive the certificate indicating your completion of the University of Wisconsin-Superior Mediation/Conflict Resolution Program you need to fulfill all certificate program requirements. Once completed, you will have fulfilled the state requirements as explained below.

What state requirements must I meet to be a mediator?

In Wisconsin, family mediator status (Chapter 767) is achieved by completing not less than 25 hours of mediation training or not less than three years of professional experience in dispute resolution. Family mediators must also have training on the dynamics of domestic violence and the effects of domestic violence on victims and children. In Minnesota, to fulfill the qualifications for the Family Law Facilitative Neutral Roster (Rule 114), you must complete 40 hours of certified family mediation training in specified areas including 40 percent role-playing and simulations, 6 hours of domestic abuse training (which may be part of the 40 hours), and good standing in your profession. You may achieve neutral status through this program by completing MEDI 240, MEDI 241, MEDI 471, and MEDI 472. State qualification will not be met in the event that any class sessions are missed.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

If you would like to receive financial aid (loans or grants) you must apply and be accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Superior as a degree seeking student. Your files will be marked "undeclared major," and you will be eligible to apply for financial aid. To apply to the University visit the Admissions Office in Old Main 101, or visit the Admissions webpage. If you do not need the services of financial aid, you may simply apply to the university as a special student through Center for Continuing Education. With this status you will be able to complete all of the courses required for the certificate.

Who benefits from the attainment of mediator status?

There are a growing number of professions who prefer, promote, and reward members who obtain conflict resolution/mediation skills. Mediation is a growing field of practice, and the lateral and promotion possibilities are growing quickly nation-wide. Also, entry level employees tend to find employment faster with conflict resolution/mediation skills than without them. Today's workplace and society is increasingly emphasizing the importance of understanding and resolving conflict in positive and proactive ways.