Mediation Certificate FAQs
How long will it take to complete the Conflict Resolution Specialist Certificate program?
The entire program can be completed in four months; you may also choose to take fewer than the number of courses required for a certificate.
Do I need to fulfill any prerequisites prior to registering for any of these courses?
No, there are no prerequisites required to begin the program other than a high school diploma or GED.
Do I have to take the courses in a certain order?
Yes, courses are scheduled in a recommended sequence. If you are unable to take them in sequence, please contact the Alternative Dispute Resolution Consortium at (810) 750-9400.
I have already taken mediation courses elsewhere. Can I transfer into the University of Michigan-Flint program?
To satisfy course prerequisites or to place out of a course, relevant experience/ training may be considered. Contact the Alternative Dispute Resolution Consortium for qualifications at (810) 750-9400.
How much will it cost to obtain the Conflict Resolution Specialist Certificate?
Based on a minimum of 15.6 CEUs, the cost for the eight required classes would be $4,885.
Will I need to purchase any books for these courses?
No, all books and materials are included in the course fees.
Is financial aid available?
The Conflict Resolution Specialist certificate program is eligible for Michigan Works! funding if you qualify through No Worker Left Behind.
Does University of Michigan-Flint provide job placement?
Not for noncredit students.
What is the job outlook for this profession?
The need for alternative dispute resolution has spawned hundreds of national, regional and local for-profit and nonprofit mediation and arbitration services. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wage is $28.68 nationally. The number of positions just in the legal field alone is expected to increast nearly 14% from 2008-2018 nationally; in Michigan, the number of positions in the legal field is expected to increase 2.6% from 2006-2016.
What types of jobs or employment opportunities are available?
Successful completion of the Conflict Resolution Specialist Certificate will equip you with the tools necessary to facilitate, mediate or arbitrate conflict in private practice, national panels, court rosters, or in a professional environment such as human resources or education.
Tell me more about obtaining additional practical experience.
Additional experience is available through volunteer opportunities in your local court systems. More information on obtaining practical experience will be shared throughout our courses.
How do I sign up for this program?
1. Register online at https://bullwinkle.umflint.edu/ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=3using MasterCard, Visa and Discover.
2. Register in person in the UM-Flint Office of Extended Learning, 241 French Hall; checks and credit cards are accepted.
3. Mail the registration form with payment to Office of Extended Learning, 241 French Hall, University of Michigan-Flint, 303 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI 48502.
Whom should I contact to find out more about this program?
For more detailed program information or for specific qualifications, please contact the Alternative Dispute Resolution Consortium at (810) 750-9400.