In order to be a mediator for Northern Community Mediation (NCM) or to go on the court roster, a person must participate in the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) approved 2.411, 40-Hour, General Civil Training. NCM offers this training every other year in the spring. Since it was offered the spring of 2017, it will not be available in Petoskey or Charlevoix in 2018.
The Citizen Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP) Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is offering the 40-Hour, General Civil Training in September 2018. In all probability, the CDRP Center in Gaylord will also offer the training the fall of 2018. NCM will offer the training in the spring of 2019.
For information and registration for the training in Sault Ste. Marie, go to http://www.northernmediation.org/workshops-training/ on the NCM website. Information regarding the training in Gaylord is not yet available.
Following the 40 hours of training, mediators for NCM are required to observe 10 hours of actual mediations as a part of their internship. After that, the new mediators are partnered with experienced mediators to facilitate in co-mediations.