Doing some surfing this morning, I came across a terrific web site created by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management aimed at providing consumers with information on selecting a mediation training. This is definitely worth checking out, regardless of which state you happen to reside in.
One point this web site makes which is worth noting here–be skeptical of any organization that claims to provide “certification” upon completion of their training program. Find out exactly what “certification” means. Here in Massachusetts, for example, there exists no state agency that licenses or certifies mediators.
There are professional associations which do offer certification to its members, but that simply means that those professionals have met certain minimum requirements specified by the association.