1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?
Yes, because Mediators Without Borders programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
2. How long does it take to complete a program?
All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you are given an initial six (6) months to complete the program. Should you need more time beyond the six (6) months, an extension of six (6) months is available for a fee of $199.
3. Do I have to buy additional materials?
You will need to purchase textbooks for each course.
4. Can I get financial assistance?
Mediators Without Borders courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid.
5. What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion and be eligible to sit for the professional Certification Exam. You may also submit an application to be considered for the Mediators Without Borders referral network.
6. Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
7. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don’t have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.
8. Can I use a Mac?
Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.
9. How can I get more information about this program?
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via
using the “Contact Us” form to the right. You may also call us at 1-877-BOULDER or 303-862-0289.
10. When can I start the program?
Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.
Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.
11. What is the difference between a mediator and an arbitrator?
A mediator is a professional who acts as a neutral party helping two or more people in conflict come to a collaborative, negotiated agreement that is referred to a Memorandum of Agreement. An arbitrator is a professional who acts as a neutral party but, unlike the mediator, functions more like a judge, hearing evidence and witnesses and then rendering an award to one party.
12. There are a lot of mediation trainings out there. What sets this apart from the others?
This is one of the most comprehensive mediation and arbitration distance learning programs available with online learning that includes role play practice.
The proprietary InAccord® Conflict Analysis model is only available through this training, and offers students the following:
- A psychologically based empirical research model that tracks the role of emotions in conflict and client satisfaction and understanding at every stage of the ADR process
- The ability to recognize the emotional state of individual disputants in order to determine whether to use a relational approach with all parties in the same room or a directive approach that involves starting the sessions with disputants in separate rooms until a balance of emotions between disputants is achieved.
13. What is the industry outlook for the field?
In 2011, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) paid out 4.6 billion dollars in industry wages. Mediation and Arbitration accounts for over 64% of the industry income. According to a leading market research company, IBIS World, the future for ADR firms is promising. Post-recession recoveries, while slow, will eventually increase revenue at an average rate of 2.8% per year through 2016. ADR has low capital intensity meaning that most of the revenue is spent on labor; for every $1 spent on labor, only $0.02 is spent in capital expenditures.
14. How much can student expect to make in this field?
Salaries vary based on geographic region and industry specialization. According to a leading recruitment company, arbitrators and mediators make an average salary of about $65,000 per year. (Recruiter.com)
In some states, such as Virginia, the salary can top $135,000 per year. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, earnings for mediators and arbitrators range from $28,090 to $102,202 per year with median annual wages estimated at $49,490.
15. Does this program qualify for me to practice in my state?
Most states do not have requirements for the practice of mediation or arbitration in workplace or other private settings. Graduates of this program learn an empirically based model of conflict resolution that is applicable in workplaces and in other settings that require domestic and community mediation and arbitration. Additional subject matter knowledge may be required to practice mediation or arbitration in non-workplace, specific settings (such as state divorce law for practicing divorce mediation).
Some states require specific qualifications for performing mediation or arbitration in court-based environments. Please contact your state supreme court for additional information.
16. What is the typical demographic/target audience for this course?
Mediation is a profession that is open to anyone with the desire to learn to negotiate, to facilitate others’ negotiations, or to mediate simple and complex disputes.