“I’ve thought about mediation training,
 and now the time seems to be right.
What kinds of 
training options do you offer?”

If you are interested in learning the skills of mediation and wish to “give back” to the community through our volunteer mediation programs, you have come to the right place. The range of people coming to NCRC for training is impressive, diverse, and gratifying. We offer a significant discount in training cost to all who are willing to commit to a period of volunteer service. Full details are available on the training application.

We offer two full mediation training classes each year, each of which provides a thorough foundation in community mediation skills, along with targeted knowledge addressing the needs of specific court programs:

Civil and Victim-Offender Mediation Training/Rule 31 Civil: NCRC’s Community Mediation Training is an approved course for Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediation. It is most appropriate for individuals wishing to work with civil and community issues regarding housing, property, financial disputes, neighbor conflicts, and Victim-Offender mediation.

Family Mediation Training/Rule 31 Family: NCRC’s Family Mediation Training is an approved course for Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Family Mediation. It is most appropriate for individuals wishing to work with disputes involving family issues, including divorce and co-parenting.

Please note: if you wish to apply for Rule 31 listing after training, you should first read carefully through the AOC requirements for each category. NCRC provides approved training, but the AOC has its own set of standards and fees for actual listing. Full information is here on the AOC website.


Special Training in Domestic Violence for Mediators (Rule 31)

August 25-26 (12 hours total), with trainer Robin Brown


Friday, August 25  8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, August 26  8:30 am – 1:30 pm


$500 to the general public
$400 early bird if reserved by July 25
$375 for active NCRC volunteers

Cost includes continental breakfast, lunch, and materials. CME credit pending.

Contact Robin Brown by email:

Rule 31 Family Mediation Training & Civil-To-Family Crossover Training

September 25-29 and October 2-6 (46 hours total)


Monday, Sept 25  – 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday, Sept 26  – 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Thursday, Sept 28  – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday, Sept 29  – 9:00am – 5:00pm  – CROSSOVER BEGINS
Monday, Oct 2  – 4:30pm – 8:30pm  – Includes CROSSOVER
Tuesday, Oct 3  – 4:30pm – 8:30pm  – Includes CROSSOVER
Thursday, Oct 5  – 9:00am – 5:00pm  – Includes CROSSOVER
Friday, Oct 6  – 9:00am – 5:00pm  – Includes CROSSOVER


If you would like to enhance your classroom training with real-world mediation experience and serve the community at the same time, you can make a volunteer commitment at the beginning of training and receive a substantial discount on the fee.

Full Rule 31 Training:
With volunteer commitment: $650
Without volunteer commitment: $1300

Civil-to-Family Crossover Training:
With volunteer commitment: $325
Without volunteer commitment: $650

A limited number of scholarships are available for people who select the volunteer commitment. More information is available on the application.

To Apply for Family/Crossover Training

  1. Download and complete the Training Application:
    NCRC Family Mediation Training Application
  2. Click HERE to upload and submit your Application


Please contact Pam Sheridan ( if you would like to schedule a custom training for a law firm or private group.

If you are already trained as a mediator, we have information for you here on how to volunteer with NCRC.

Our Lunch & Learn programs are an engaging opportunity for new mediators, seasoned experts, and the merely curious. The schedule can be found on our Lunch & Learn page.