Continuing Education Requirements

CEU Application

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

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.

Policies and Procedures Policy - Section that applies to CEU applications:

A.        Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

             The CEU reporting period is two (2) calendar 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.

            The Administrator shall approve CPMs who attend IMA conferences with 20 or more CEUs during their reporting cycle and notify the CPM of their automatic approval. The CPM may submit a CEU application if they wish to report additional CEUs for approval.

             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 and notify the CPM of the approval. 

            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:

·       declaration 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: 

·       declaration 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:

·       declaration 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. 

·       declaration of compliance

·       description of the topics discussed

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

6. Pro bono mediation. CEUs may be awarded for volunteering to conduct one or more formal mediations on a pro bono basis, such as for court cases, community or workplace disputes, etc. (not including preparation time or time spent drafting MOUs).  A maximum of six (6) hours of pro bono mediation work may be applied to the 20-hour CEU requirement for the two-year reporting period.

To obtain CEU hours for pro bono or volunteer mediation, the CPM must include with the CEU application:

  • ·       declaration of compliance
  • ·       brief description of the dispute and type of mediation
  • ·       number of hours spent conducting actual mediation

            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.

            Declaration of Compliance.  The required declaration of compliance shall be in the following form: 

I, ____________________________________________, declare under penalty of perjury as follows:

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

2.  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.

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

                                                                                              

Applicant Signature                               Date

See the IMA P_P 1.1.18_updated.pdf for more specific information about obtaining and reporting CEUs.


How to submit CEUs:

Complete the CEU application form with the necessary attachments for your requested education. E-mail your CEU application to admin@idahomediationassociation.org or mail one (1) copy of your CEU application to:

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

Application documents will not be returned.

NOTE:  To submit for attending IMA conferences, provide the year(s) of attendance and sign and submit the form.  it is not necessary to include certificates of attendance for IMA conferences.


208.855.0506

admin@idahomediationassociation.org

P.O. Box 2504, Boise, ID 83701




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