Certified Professional Mediator (CPM) Certification

Interested in becoming a Certified Professional Mediator (CPM)?  Below you'll find information on how to become qualified for and attain this distinction from the Idaho Mediation Association.

CPM Application

CPM Requirements

Training Requirements

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 80 hours of mediation training, to include:

  • 40 hour basic mediation course
  • 40 hours of additional mediation training taken within the last four (4) years

All training must be from an accredited college program, Idaho Mediation Association certified training or a structured program that included mediation training.

Thirty percent (30%) or more of the basic mediation training must be devoted to the practice of mediation via learning exercises or role-play simulations of mediated disputes. This requirement can rule out many online programs. Obtaining pre-approval for online programs is recommended before using this format for the 40-hour basic mediation requirement.

To the extent possible, please attach Certificates of Completion, transcripts, course titles, instructor, location of the training, a brief summary of the training content and the total hours of training for each course.

If documents are not available, please provide a person and contact information in order that your training can be verified. If the source of training was a structured program which included mediation and it is still operating, it is suggested that you inform the program officials of the IMA Training and Education Committee, whose function it is to certify various trainings and programs. Having the training certified significantly benefits future IMA applicants for certification.

Mediation Requirements

Applicants must have completed at least 40 hours of mediation case practice in the past four or fewer years, with at least twenty of those hours as solo or lead mediator. Documentation of mediation case practice experience must include dates and actual hours in mediation. You must use the Mediation Log to list mediation cases.

CPM Application

A completed application includes:

  1. Proof of membership:
  • You must be a student or general member of IMA in good standing (dues current for the year)
  • Verify your membership status and pay dues online by logging in to the IMA website
2. Cover letter, including:
  • Your name as you would like it to appear on your CPM Certificate
  • Your mailing address, phone number, and email address
  • Date the application was prepared for submission
  • A brief description of your training and experience and how it will apply to your practice as a professional mediator

3. Affidavit of Compliance:

  • Applicants must submit a notarized Affidavit of Compliance, certifying that they are fully informed about and in agreement with the IMA and CPM Professional Requirements for Ethics, Standards and Practices,and Grievance Procedures.  Example: IMA Affidavit CPM.docx
  • Additionally, the applicant must attest to true and complete application materials.

4. $100 CPM Application Processing Fee

5. Documentation of 40 Hours Basic training plus 40 Hours additional training:

    • If the mediation training you completed is included on the Training and Education Committee list of approved trainings listed on the IMA website, you need only to indicate the dates of the training, the instructor and provide a Certificate of Completion.
    • If the course was provided at a college or university, please provide a transcript showing a passing grade and the course syllabus.
    • If you completed other mediation training, you are required to provide the following:
    • Name and contact information of the sponsoring organization
    • Title of the education/training activity
    • Instructor(s) names(s) and title(s)
    • Date(s) and location(s)
    • Method of presentation
    • Total hours of instruction including amount of mediation scenarios or mock mediations
    • A brochure, syllabus, or written document describing the training
    • Certificates of completion issued by the individual or organization that conducted the training

6. Document 40 Hours of Mediation Practice in last four years:

  • Completed IMA Mediation Log showing 40 hours of mediation with at least 20 hours as Lead or Solo mediator that is signed by applicant. Any personal information should be redacted.

7. Two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) or Mediation Agreements (MA)

  • Provide two (2) MOU or MA representing short and long agreement writing skills from your actual or simulated cases. Personal information should be redacted.
  • Your short MOU should be one page, use a minimum of seven clauses, and include a minimum of one future clause.
  • Your long MOU should be 3 to 4 pages, use a minimum of 20 clauses, include a minimum of one future clause.

The IMA Standards & Practices Committee reviews and approves all applications for CPM status.  The Committee meets in January, May, and October of each year.   Applications must be received by the 15th of the meeting month to be considered; otherwise, they will be held until the next meeting.

For fastest service, scan and e-mail your application packet in PDF format to: admin@idahomediationassociation.org.

You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application and prompting you to log on to www.idahomediationassociation.org to pay the $100 application fee by credit card or Paypal, or mail a check to IMA (this will delay processing of your application).  Your application will be deemed submitted to the Standards & Practices Committee only after IMA has received payment of the processing fee.

OR, you can submit your CPM application (one (1) copy of your CPM application packet and a check for $100 by mail to:

Idaho Mediation Association, P. O. Box 2504, Boise, ID  83701

Applicants will be notified in writing of the Committee's decision.

Note: Initial and/or renewal applications for CPM status will not be considered while an investigation by the IMA Ethics Committee is ongoing which concerns a grievance about the applicant.



P.O. Box 2504, Boise, ID 83701

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