Certified Professional Mediator (CPM)

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 Requirements

CPM Application

Mediation Case Practice Log

Applicants must have completed:

1.     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;


2.     At least 60 hours of mediation case practice within the preceding four (4) years, with at least 30 of those hours as solo or lead mediator.  Documentation of mediation case practice experience must include dates and actual hours in mediation. *Observation of a mediation does not count as case practice.


1.         IMA Membership.  If you are not already either a student or general member, you must first join IMA.  Visit the IMA website at idahomediationassociation.org and follow the prompts on the website to join and pay the membership fee online. 

2.         Application Form.  Submit the CPM application form with ALL required attachments. Be sure to fill out the form completely, and carefully check that you have included all information requested on the application form.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

E-mail your CPM application to admin@idahomediationassociation.org or mail one (1) copy of your CPM application to:

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

Application documents will not be returned.

 3.         $100 CPM Application Fee.  If you mail your application, include payment with your paperwork.  If you submit electronically, the IMA Administrator will prepare an invoice for the fee upon receipt of your application so you can pay online by logging into the IMA website.  After login, click the link to the invoice on your account.  Next, click the “pay with a debit or credit card” button at the very bottom of the Paypal screen and follow the prompts. Be sure to complete your payment and obtain a receipt.  In the alternative, you can mail a check to the IMA address above.

The Standards & Practices Committee meets in January, May, and October to review all applications received by the 15th of the meeting month.  You will be notified in writing of the Committee’s decision.

Please contact the IMA Administrator at admin@idahomediationassociation.org if you have any questions about certification procedures or need assistance to complete the application or payment process.

See the IMA P_P 1.1.18_updated.pdf for more information. Here is the section of the IMA P&P on the Certification Standards:

Certification Standards.  The Committee will determine whether a complete CPM application should be approved in accordance with the following standards, as applicable:

                                               i.          Basic Mediation Training.

  • a.      Is the course a minimum of 40 hours (1 college credit = 15 hours) presented in live classroom format?  (Online and distance education courses do not qualify for certification.)
  • b.     Does the application include a course completion certificate showing:
  • ·       Name and contact information of the sponsoring organization
  • ·       Title of the course
  • ·       Number of hours or college credits
  • ·       Dates and location
  • c.      Is the course approved or certified by IMA? 
  • d.     If not approved or certified by IMA, is there sufficient information included to evaluate the curriculum? The course must include hands-on learning exercises such as role play simulations of mediated disputes.

                        ii.         Additional Mediation Training.

  • a.      Is there documentation of a minimum of 40 hours of additional training within the four (4) years immediately preceding the CPM application (1 college credit = 15 hours)?
  • b.     For each course, is there a course completion certificate or college transcript showing:
  • ·       Name and contact information of the sponsoring organization
  • ·       Title of the course/training activity
  • ·       Number of hours or college credits
  • ·       Dates and location
  • c.      Is there sufficient information included to evaluate the curriculum?

                         iii.       Mediation Case Practice Log.

  • a.      Is a signed mediation case practice log included?
  • b.     Has all personal information been redacted?
  • c.      Does the log reflect a minimum of sixty (60) hours of mediation practice within the four (4) years immediately preceding the application?
  • d.     Is at least thirty (30) hours noted as lead or solo mediation?
  • e.      Does the log include for each mediation:
  • ·       date
  • ·       time spent
  • ·       type of case

 iv.        Two (2) Memoranda of Understanding or Mediation Agreements (MOU or MA) - Simple and Complex – documenting resolution of the dispute.  To be enforceable, mediation agreements must be “clear and unequivocal.”  Agreements must specifically require a person to do or refrain from doing something.  (See Thompson v. Bybee, Idaho Court of Appeals Opinion No. 64, October 17, 2016.)  The simple MOU/MA must include as many clauses as necessary to adequately address resolution of one issue (topic).  The complex MOU/MA must include as many clauses as necessary to adequately address resolution of a minimum of four issues (topics).  The committee will consider the following standards in evaluating the submission:

  • a.      Has all personal identifying information, if applicable, been redacted?
  • b.     Does each MOU/MA include:
  • ·       purpose of the agreement and the duration, if applicable
  • ·       names of parties to the agreements and their relationship to each other
  • ·       clear numbered headings for agreement issues (topics)
  • ·       all promises and/or agreements made
  • ·       closing and signatures with date(s) signed
  • c.      Is the MOU/MA written clearly, descriptively, and unambiguously using common English and proper grammar and spelling?
  • d.     Is the MOU/MA formatted properly?
  • e.      Are agreement provisions written such that clauses conditioned upon other clauses are placed in sequential order?
  • f.      Is the writing sufficiently specific to minimize ambiguity and confusion?
  • g.     Is the writing sufficiently clear as to who will do what and how and when?
  • h.     Are all necessary details of the agreements included?
  • i.       Where the agreement cannot be understood without background information, is the necessary information included?
  • j.       Are necessary implementation steps included?
  • k.     Are there “what if” clauses, in case a part of the agreement is not met?
  • l.       Does the agreement avoid promises to agree in the future?
  • m.    Does the writing avoid labels such as “bi-polar,” “alcoholic,” “depressed,” “paranoid,” etc.?

             The Committee may request additional information from the applicant as it deems necessary. 

 If an application is denied, written reasons for the denial and a description of the deficiencies must be given to the applicant.  The applicant is allowed to address the deficiencies and resubmit the application one time within the following 180 days for no additional fee.  If the deficiencies are not corrected to the satisfaction of the Committee and the application is denied a second time, the applicant must wait 12 months from the date of the second denial before reapplying and pay a new application fee.

An applicant may appeal a decision of the Committee in accordance with these procedures. 

NOTE: Initial and/or renewal applications for CPM status will not be considered during an ongoing investigation by the IMA Ethics Committee concerning a grievance about the applicant.



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