Frequently Asked Questions: Mediators
Does the Collins Center provide mediator training for the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program?
While the Collins Center provided training for mediators at the inception of the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program (RMFMP) in 2009, the Collins Center’s attention has fully shifted to maintaining its case management obligations. As such, the Collins Center is relying on other training organizations to meet the rigorous requirements of the Florida Supreme Court’s Administrative Order in training civil circuit-certified mediators.
Who will provide mediator training for the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program?
There are a number of training organizations in the process of developing training programs for the RMFMP. As the Collins Center becomes aware of their registration, the organization’s name and contact information will be posted here. The following are currently approved:
- University of South Florida
- Christopher Shulman Full Dispute Resolution Services
- ADR Educational systems
- Tallahassee Bar Association – This course is currently approved in the 1st and 12th circuit.
Will the Collins Center approve Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program training programs?
Yes, the Collins Center will review all material used in the RMFMP training program and submit recommendations to the chief judge of each judicial circuit for approval. Until the chief judge approves the training program, a certificate of completion will not be accepted. Approved RMFMP training programs will be posted above.
Which Judicial Circuits does the Collins Center serve as the program manager?
The Collins Center is the program manager for the First Judicial Circuit. The Collins Center also manages a mediation program that helps homeowners before a foreclosure action is filed. That program is active in every judicial circuit in the state.
How can I become a Civil Circuit-Certified Mediator?
If you are not a certified mediator and would like to become one, visit the Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation section of the Florida State Court web site. To pursue mediator training, visit the Florida State Court’s Step by Step Guide.
How do I sign up to mediate for the Collins Center?
If you are a civil circuit-certified mediator and have completed RMFMP training and would like to sign up with the Collins Center, please e-mail Tom Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have your certification number, certificate, and RMFMP training certificate available. Within a few days, information will be sent to you on how to log into our system and begin setting your schedule for mediations.