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MC3 and enter into new agreement to further Mediator Professionalism

by Colin Rule
December 2020 Colin Rule

We are pleased to share that MC3, the Gold Standard for Mediator Certification, and, the world’s leading mediation and dispute resolution website, have entered into an agreement whereby MC3 will recognize and support numerous educational programs and courses offered by

MC3’s certification standard requires that all MC3-Certified Mediators receive mediation specific training in order to receive their certification.  Additionally, there is an ongoing requirement for continuing education in the field of mediation that all MC3-Certified Mediators must meet.  The newly announced agreement between MC3 and allows that courses offered by can satisfy both of these requirements.  

Specifically, offers a 40-hour course in Basic Mediation Training that has been approved by MC3 and will count towards satisfying MC3’s mediation specific training requirement.  Furthermore, Mediate University, the education branch of, offers numerous mediation related courses, all of which will satisfy the continuing education requirements that must be met, on an ongoing basis, by all MC3-Certified Mediators.

The agreement, shared as a statement of mutual support between the two organizations, was announced jointly by Dr. Jack R. Goetz, President of MC3, Lynn Johnson, Executive Director of MC3 and by Colin Rule, President and CEO of

“It is a great honor for MC3 to establish a closer association with and Mediate University,” said Goetz.  “Their diverse course offerings touch upon many different aspects of our profession and we are pleased to recognize the quality of the mediation curriculum offered by”     

Colin Rule, President and CEO of shared, “MC3 has established a rigorous standard for mediator certification that we applaud and that we believe is a model for our profession.  Mediate University has established, and is continuing to add to, a broad array of mediation courses, essential to the education of mediating professionals and we are very proud that our many educational offerings will satisfy the MC3 standard.”

Last month, MC3 also announced an alliance with the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN) in which both organizations agreed to work cooperatively in support of the MC3 Certification Standards.  This agreement also designates VMN as an Education Provider for their webinars that address continuing education in the field of mediation. 

About MC3

MC3 is nonprofit organized to ensure user and public confidence in the mediation process by setting standards for mediator training, education, and ethics and by maintaining those standards through its certification program. MC3 has set a higher standard of review than other credentialing agencies in mediator education including an ongoing requirement for continuing education as well as a requirement that MC3-Certified Mediators have a basic understanding and familiarity with legal/litigation terminology and general courtroom procedures as well as an understanding of the ethics that guide mediation practice and policy. All MC3-Certified Mediators complete employment background checks and have agreed to a Quality Assurance program that provides disputants with an opportunity to address any ethical concerns that may have arisen during the course of a mediation.  MC3-Certified Mediators are currently serving in California, Oregon, Utah and Virginia.  To learn more about MC3, visit the MC3 website at:


In business since 1996, is the world’s leading mediation and dispute resolution website with over 7 million annual site visitors. serves as a bridge between professionals offering dispute resolution services and individuals and businesses needing those services. was awarded the 2010 American Bar Association Institutional Problem Solver of the Year Award.  To learn more about the variety of services provided by the organization, please visit the website at:





Colin Rule is CEO of Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. ("RIS"), home of,,, and a number of additional leading online dispute resolution initiatives.  From 2017 to 2020, Colin was Vice President for Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies. Tyler acquired, an ODR provider that Colin co-founded, in 2017.  Previously, from 2003 to 2011, Colin was Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal.  Further, Colin co-founded Online Resolution in 1999, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, and served as its CEO and President.  Colin also worked for several years with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C. and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, published by Jossey-Bass in September 2002, and co-author of The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, published by the ABA in 2017. Colin received the first Frank Sander Award for Innovation in ADR from the American Bar Association in 2020, and the Mary Parker Follett Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in 2013. Colin holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in conflict resolution and technology, a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from UMass-Boston, a B.A. from Haverford College, and Colin served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eritrea from 1995-1997.  You can read many of Colin's articles and see some of his talks at


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