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 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.
In all probability, the Citizen Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP) center in Gaylord, as well as the CDRP center in Traverse City, will offer the 40-Hour Training in the late summer / early fall of 2018. The dates and times for those trainings will be posted on the NCM website as soon as they are 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.