Become a Mediator/Arbitrator

Interested in Becoming a Mediator?

One of the best ways to get training and experience is to volunteer as a community mediator. Community mediation programs offer both quality training and the opportunity for a supervised apprenticeship. Contact your local Community Dispute Resolution Center to find out about requirements and application procedures. Visit the Training/Events section of our website to view upcoming training opportunities.

There are other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) organizations that provide training in mediation and other ADR processes. You can find out more about these organizations from our links page. Another particularly helpful resource is the Tips for Becoming a Mediator in New York City site administered by John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Court-based mediation rosters generally require a combination of mediation training and experience. Find out how to join a particular court roster. Please review the Guidelines for ADR Neutrals Serving on Court Rosters before you apply. 

Please note that New York State does not "certify" mediators. Mediators who volunteer for CDRCs or belong to ADR member organizations may be certified to mediate only through the particular CDRC or member organization.

Interested in Becoming a Arbitrator?

Court-based arbitration rosters require varying levels of training and experience. Arbitration training is offered for voluntary arbitration cases in Civil, City, District, Town and Village Courts, for non-binding arbitration in civil and small claims cases under Part 28 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator, and for voluntary binding arbitration cases in Nassau County Supreme Court. Arbitration training is also available for cases involving attorney-client fee disputes over legal fees through the Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program, administered locally through bar associations and district administrative judges’ offices.

Learn how to become an arbitrator with the Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.

Training is also offered by many private arbitration providers and organizations, such as the American Arbitration Association, Better Business Bureau Autoline Arbitration, JAMS and FINRA.

You can find out more about these programs through our links page.

Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) provide arbitration training for cases involving consumer disputes over new or used vehicles ("Lemon Law" Program). Contact your local CDRC to learn more.

In New York City, the Small Claims Arbitrators Association offers training programs and information on volunteer opportunities with the Small Claims Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York.


If you have a question about training programs or requirements, contact an ADR staff member.