OMA has been working for years (maybe even decades!) to consider and craft a program for mediator certification. For more on that, check out the History of Mediation in Oregon. Currently, the Standards and Practices Committee is continuing to work with broad stakeholders to craft a certification program that will meet the needs of our diverse stakeholders. In particular, OMA is partnering with the various Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) and the other mediation stakeholders in Oregon. This collaboration will ensure that we end up with a vital certification program that can serve all mediators in Oregon.
To that end, the Standards and Practices Committee is spearheading the formation of an Oregon Certification Advisory Group (OCAG) with representatives of all mediation stakeholders in Oregon having a seat at the table to help shape the certification program to best fit the needs of the mediation field in Oregon. They will work with the existing Oregon Resolutions Collaborative Group to form OCAG and select its members. Once OCAG is formed, the goal is to flesh out a certification program and develop a Final Certification Proposal. Ultimately, OMA may or may not be the administrator and any funding necessary to implement Certification may come from multiple sources.
If you would like to be involved, please contact the Standards and Practices Committee. Stay tuned for updates as they happen!