Continuing Education Requirements

A CPM is required to complete 20 hours of continuing education units (CEU) within each two-year period commencing with the year of certification in order to maintain CPM status. 

                                                       CEU_Application.pdf

Procedure for Submitting a Training or CEU Application. 

Applications may be submitted as follows:

§  one (1) unstapled copy by mail to P. O. Box 2504, Boise, Idaho 83701.  (Paper application packets will be scanned for electronic transmittal to the committee.) OR

§  electronically to admin@idahomediationassociation.org.  (The Administrator will generate and e-mail the applicant an invoice for the application fee.) 

Applications for review will be provided to the Committee electronically, either through upload to the IMA “cloud” storage site or by e-mail. 

Certification and CEU fees will be as established in the Schedule of Dues and Fees approved by the Board of Directors as part of the annual budget.  Application fees are non-refundable and must be paid in full prior to committee review of the application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

A.        Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

            In order to remain an IMA Certified Professional Mediator, CPMs must obtain at least 20 hours of acceptable CEUs every two years.  CEUs may be obtained in three (3) major areas of study:

            1.  Mediation

            2.  Other dispute resolution topics, such as conflict management, arbitration, negotiation, interpersonal communication, conciliation, or facilitation

            3.  Areas of specialization; for example, business law or accounting for a mediator practicing in business mediation

            To request CEU hours, the applicant must be a CPM member of IMA in good standing and submit an application in the form and manner prescribed by IMA, along with all requirements for the specified type of CEU activity. 

            Once used for renewal of CPM status, CEUs are “spent” and may not be reused or applied to future or past reporting periods.  CEUs must be completed within the reporting period for which they are requested.  The Committee may, upon request of an applicant and for good cause shown, expand the two-year reporting period or apply CEU credit from one reporting period to another.

            Upon approval of a CEU application, the Administrator will note the number of CEUs approved, together with the due date of the next required CEU approval, in the CPM member’s record in the membership database. 

            Acceptable Activities.  The following are acceptable methods for obtaining CEUs for maintaining CPM status:

            1.  Attend a live or distance learning course, seminar, training, or workshop

                         a.  IMA-certified training                  

                        b.  Idaho State Bar certified CLE

                        c.  College course or workshop

                        d.  IMA or other professional conference

 The CEU application must include:

·       copy of the course completion certificate, transcript, or other formal documentation of having satisfactorily completed the course or training

·       if not included on the certificate, the name and date(s) of the course, the sponsor or course provider, number of training hours, subject(s) of the training

NOTE:  If the course or conference is not directly related to mediation theory and practice or if it pertains to a specialized practice area, the applicant must also provide a description of the course content and explain the relevance to the applicant’s mediation practice, in accordance with paragraph 4 below.

            2.  Teach or make an educational presentation about mediation.  IMA CPM members who develop and present a mediation training or other educational presentation about mediation can receive CEU credit.

Two (2) hours of CEU credit will be awarded for every one (1) hour of presentation time.  CEU credit is available only for the initial presentation of the education.  No credit will be awarded for subsequent presentations of the same material.  However, substantial revisions to an educational presentation may be considered as a new presentation on a case by case basis.

            The CEU application must also include the following:

·       notarized Affidavit of Compliance

·       the name and date(s) of the course

·       the sponsor or provider of the course, if different from the CEU applicant

·       the name(s) of any co-presenter(s), if applicable

·       the number of training hours

·       a course outline or brief description of the topics covered

NOTE:  If the course is not directly related to mediation theory and practice or if it pertains to a specialized practice area, the applicant must also provide a description of the course content and explain the relevance to the applicant’s mediation practice.   

3.  Mentor.  Mentoring activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Observing and critiquing mediation sessions of CPM candidates
  • Coaching candidates through the CPM application process
  • Supervising college or university interns working in mediation programs
  • Helping student mediators in peer-based mediation programs

A CPM may receive one (1) CEU for each three (3) hours spent mentoring a CPM candidate.  A maximum of three (3) CEUs for mentoring activity may be applied each two-year period toward the 20 minimum CEUs required for maintaining CPM status. 

            To obtain CEU hours for mentoring, the CPM must include with the CEU application:

·       notarized Affidavit of Compliance

·       description of the mentoring activity

            4.  Participate in self-study or study groups to review books, journals, articles, films, videos and/or audio recordings, or peer review meetings with other mediators to discuss cases.  Three (3) hours of self-study counts as one (1) CEU.  A maximum of six (6) hours of self-study may be applied to the 20-hour CEU requirement for the two-year reporting period.

To obtain CEU hours for self-study or peer review meetings, the CPM must include with the CEU application:

·       notarized Affidavit of Compliance

·       description of the materials studied or topics discussed

·       explanation of how the materials or discussion applied to the applicant’s mediation practice

            5.  Lectures, short presentations.  CEUs may be awarded for non-IMA-certified presentations such as an IMA luncheon, lecture, “lunch and learn” presentation, webinar, or other informal training.

            CEU credit is limited to 6 CEUs per year, or 12 CEUs per two-year reporting period. 

·       notarized Affidavit of Compliance

·       description of the topics discussed

·       explanation of how the presentation applied to the applicant’s mediation practice

            CEU Criteria.  The Committee will determine whether CEUs should be awarded in accordance with the following standards, as applicable:

            a.  Does the application contain all of the required information?

            b.  Is the content of the training related to mediation practice or mediation ethics?

            c.  If not, has the applicant adequately justified the relevance of the activity to mediation practice?

            The Committee may request additional information from the applicant as it deems necessary to determine whether an activity is suitable for CEU credit. 

            Calculation of Hours.  IMA utilizes a 50-minute hour.  Time will be rounded to the nearest quarter hour.  When calculating the number of instructional hours, no credit will be given for:

a.  time spent in introductory remarks, coffee and food breaks, business meetings, or other activities that do not involve educational aspects of the training activity;

b.  vendor-sponsored activities designed solely to promote products or services; or

c.  time spent on topics not specific to mediation practice or areas of specialization.

            Affidavit of Compliance.  The required Affidavit of Compliance shall be in the following form:

 

STATE OF IDAHO                )

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COUNTY OF ___________   )

 

I, ____________________________________________, being first duly sworn, hereby depose and say as follows:

 

1.  I am the person named who has signed this application for approval of IMA continuing education units (CEUs). 

 

2.  I attest that I personally have fulfilled the IMA requirements and participated in and completed all of the activities set forth in my CEU application.

 

3.  I understand that the determination as to whether I maintain Certified Professional Mediator status depends on the accuracy and completeness of my answers set forth in my CEU application.

 

4.  The information contained in my application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief.

 

FURTHER AFFIANT SAYETH NAUGHT.

 

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                        Applicant Signature

 

 

Subscribed and sworn to before me this _____ day of ____________________________, 20____.

 

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                        Notary Public

 

SEAL

 

B.        Certified Trainings:

IMA certifies three types of trainings: 

            1.         Basic Mediation Training.  A basic mediation training must consist of at least 40 hours and cover the following seven (7) areas of competency:

a.  information gathering (intake; obtaining facts; screening issues)

b.  mediator relationship skills (neutrality; confidentiality; nonjudgmental)

c.  communication skills (active listening; reframing issues; clarifying)

d.  problem solving skills (identify problems, positions, needs, interests; brainstorm alternatives)

e.  conflict management skills (theories of conflict management; mediation models; reducing tensions; power imbalances)

f.  ethics (standards of practice; typical problems)

g.  professional skills (substantive knowledge areas; case management; drafting agreements)

Although a training need not cover all the examples listed under each curriculum area, it must cover one or more elements of each.  A 40-hour basic mediation training with a focus on child custody issues must also include 20 hours of specialized child custody training and all of the elements set forth in subsection 2 below.

            Thirty percent (30%) or more of the training must be devoted to the practice of mediation skills via hands-on learning exercises involving experiential learning.  Examples include:  role play simulations of mediated disputes, student-to-student interactions or small group exercises where skills and/or concepts are practiced or discussed, writing memoranda of understanding, and peer review of role plays or short vignettes.

            2.         Child Custody Training.  Specialized training in child custody matters is required for placement on the Idaho Supreme Court roster of court-approved mediators of child custody and visitation disputes.  (See Rule 602, Idaho Rules of Family Law Procedure.)   A child custody training must consist of at least 20 hours and cover the following seven (7) areas of competency:

a.  conflict resolution theory

b.  psychological issues in separation, divorce, and family dynamics

c.  domestic violence

d.  issues and needs of children

e.  mediation processes and techniques

f.  family law, including custody and support

g.  mediation ethics (minimum of 2 hours)

            3.         Specialized Mediation Training.  A specialized mediation training can be of any length and need cover only the competency areas relevant to the training topic.  Thirty percent (30%) or more of a specialized training must clearly devoted to the practice of mediation skills via hands-on learning exercises as defined above.  Curricula for the training must be clear, well-organized, and relevant to the practice of mediation. 

            Trainings submitted to IMA for certification will be deemed proprietary information of the person submitting the training.

            Application.  An application for certified training must be submitted at least 28 days in advance of any scheduled training for which IMA approval is requested.  Applications must be in the form and manner established by IMA and must include the following:

            1.  Name, address, and phone number of individual or organization submitting the course for certification

            2.  Whether the course has been previously certified by IMA, and if so, when

            3.  Course title, description, and total hours of instruction

            4.  Instructor name(s), date(s), and location(s) of course

            5.  Required prerequisites or admission restrictions, if any

            6.  Detailed training agenda and timeline, including:

                        a.  major topic headings and time devoted to each

                        b.  method(s) of presentation for each segment

            7.  Description of how participants will evaluate the course

            8.  Applicable fee        

            Participant Evaluations.  It is the responsibility of the individual or organization submitting a course for certification to:

a.      obtain evaluations from the participants at or near the conclusion of the training;

b.     maintain a list of the names and contact information for all participants, together with all participant evaluations, for one (1) year after the conclusion of the training; and

c.      deliver the list of participant names and contact information and the participant evaluations, or true and accurate copies thereof, promptly to the Committee upon written request.

            Certification Period.  Trainings will be certified for a period of one (1) year from the date of initial certification and can be renewed only upon submission of a new application for certification.  A new application is not required to be submitted if the training is held again within the same one-year certification period and if the training is substantially the same as it was initially certified, including topics, times, and speakers.

No training shall be advertised by an instructor or provider as “certified” or “approved” by IMA unless it holds a current IMA certification. 

All courses certified by IMA must include the following disclaimer in the course materials:

“Certified as to content only – IMA makes no representations or warranties regarding the quality of instruction or qualifications of the instructor.”

The Administrator will maintain a list of current certified trainings, together with their expiration dates, and will make the list available to the public on the IMA website.  Any training scheduled or advertised on the IMA website shall be denoted as to whether or not it holds IMA certification.

            Certification Criteria.  The Committee will determine whether or not a training should be certified in accordance with the following standards:

            a.  Does the application contain all of the required information?

            b.  Does the training adequately cover all required elements?

            c.  Does the training contain any required minimum number of hours of instruction?

            d.  Does the training include a minimum of 30% of “hands on” learning?

            e.  Does the training utilize varied methods of instruction?

            f.  Is the content of the training directly related to mediation practice or mediation ethics?

            The Committee may request additional information from the submitter as it deems necessary to determine whether a training is suitable for certification.  The Committee may consider past participant evaluations of a named submitter or instructor when determining whether or not to certify a training.                  

            Calculation of Hours.  IMA utilizes a 50 minute hour.  Time will be rounded to the nearest quarter hour.  When calculating the number of instructional hours, no credit will be given for:

a.  time spent in introductory remarks, coffee and food breaks, business meetings, or other activities that do not involve educational aspects of the training activity;

b.  vendor-sponsored activities designed solely to promote products or services; or

c.  time spent on topics not specific to mediation practice or areas of specialization.

Minimum Teaching Standards. 

·       A certified course must be taught in accordance with the course outline or curriculum approved by IMA.

·       The instructor shall conduct the class in a manner that demonstrates knowledge of the subject matter being taught.

·       The instructor shall maintain an appropriate learning environment and present instruction in an accurate, logical, orderly and understandable manner.

·       The instructor shall conduct himself or herself in a professional manner when performing instructional duties, and shall not engage in any form of harassment or discrimination based on the gender, national origin, race, religion, age or physical or mental disability of any student, and shall not engage in conduct that degrades or disparages any student or other instructor.

C.        Procedure for withdrawing a training certification.  The Committee may withdraw certification of a training prior to its expiration date “for cause,” including failing to meet the minimum teaching standards of the IMA. 

Upon receipt of negative course evaluations or a written complaint by a student about a certified training, the Committee shall conduct an investigation to determine whether “cause” exists to withdraw a training certification.  The Committee shall give written notice of the investigation to the person holding the course certification and shall allow a minimum of ten (10) days for the person to respond to the complaint.  The Committee may conduct such additional inquiry as it deems necessary and must promptly notify the respondent in writing of its determination.


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