FAQs About Peacemaker Training Courses

Q.) What happened to the five levels of Peacemaker Training?
A.) We no longer refer to Peacemaker Training as Levels 1 – 5.  Instead, Peacemaker Training includes two major categories: Foundational Skills Training and Advanced Training.

Q.) How are Conflict Coaching, Mediation, and Certification Training different?
A.)In Conflict Coaching, you learn to counsel and guide another person, one-on-one through conflict in the home, church, or workplace using a distinctly biblical and Gospel-centered approach to conflict resolution.In Mediation, you learn the basics of mediating informal and simple conflicts between two or more people in the home, church or workplace.In Certification, you learn to mediate more difficult matters, fashioning the appropriate process, and transitioning to the issuance of an arbitration decision on singular issues within  family, church, business, and legal conflicts.

Q.) Are there prerequisite study requirements before enrolling in Foundational Skills (Conflict Coaching Training)?
A.) Yes.  The prerequisite to register for Foundational Skills Training is to read The Peacemaker or complete the Resolving Everyday Conflict study.  Resolving Everyday Conflict may be completed either as part of a small-group DVD-based bible study or individually online at Peacemaker University. Upon registering for Foundational Skills Training, you will recieve access to self-study material at Peacemaker University that you must complete before arriving at the training. The Conflict Coaching self-study includes 4-6 hours of online study and Mediation self-study includes 10-12 hours of online study.

Q.) Do I have to attend the Conflict Coaching Training before I attend the Mediation Training
A.) Yes.  Before enrolling in Mediation training, you must first complete our live Conflict Coaching Training. The Conflict Coaching course at Peacemaker University does not satisfy the prerequisite for Mediation training since it does not include peer-to-peer role plays or instructor feedback .

 Q.) Is there any pre-requisite reading before attending a training event?
A.) Yes. You will need to read The Peacemaker by Ken Sande or complete the Resolving Everyday Conflict study before you attend the Foundational Skills Training (Conflict Coaching and Mediation). However, before attending any advanced training, if you haven’t yet done so, you must read The Peacemaker by Ken Sande.  Certification Training also requires that you read Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand by Paul David Tripp. Please check your confirmation email for any required reading or homework prior to attending the course.

Q.) Do I have to complete the Conflict Coaching Training & Mediation Training before I take the Certification Training or any of the Advanced Training events?
A.) Yes.

Q.) I am very interested in peacemaking and want to be trained to be a peacemaker.  Where do I start?
A.) You can start today by registering for Resolving Everyday Conflict at Peacemaker University.  Or, if you have already read The Peacemaker by Ken Sande, you can register to attend Foundational Skills Training.

Q.)  How do I register for the Training?
A.) View the Calendar of Events and click on the particular event for which you would like to register.

Q.) Why does Peacemaker Ministries charge for its training?
A.) Peacemaker Ministries tries to keep its training fees as low as possible.  We charge fees based upon Peacemaker Ministries’ costs to write and produce the materials, train and provide qualified instructors, and to administer the events.

Q.) Can you provide the Conflict Coaching and Mediation Training at my church?
A.) Yes!  If you are interested in hosting an event, contact us at training@peacemaker.net. For more information, click here.

Q.) Are there any required time constraints for completing subsequent training?
A.) You should complete the Mediation Training within two years of completing the Conflict Coaching training. This is not a hard and fast rule — it is just recommended.

After you have completed the Mediation Training, you are eligible to apply to the Certification Program. If the time between the Mediation Training and applying for certification is five years or more, you are required to complete the Foundational Skills training again.

When you apply to the Certification Program (and if you are accepted), you will have one year to enroll. At the time of enrollment, we assign you a supervisor for your practical experience casework. Once you enroll, you have three years to complete your practical experience.

Q.) Once certified, are there continuing education or similar requirements for maintaining my certification?
A.) There are annual education and conciliation case requirements to maintain your certification. Currently, the requirements are two cases that involve a minimum of 20 hours total, and 10 hours of advanced training.  Advanced Training courses and workshops are offered at the annual Peacemaker Conference.  Many conference workshops are available for purchase through MP3 download or on CD. There is also a $100 annual compliance fee.  For further information regarding Certification Program, click here.

Q.)  Should I take your training and open a Christian Conciliation service to help Christians and churches in my area?
A.)  We encourage and recommend Peacemaking Teams, which are affiliated with and under the supervision of a local church.  Although some individuals may provide conciliation services through an independent service or business, we recommend that all such conciliation services always seek to involve the local church of the parties, with their agreement to do so.

Although there are situations where a conciliation service outside of the local church is necessary (e.g., due to the lack of a local church supporting such a service), we believe the local church has been given the responsibility of supporting a culture of peace and providing the ministry of peacemaking.  An independent conciliation service, however, can encourage local churches to build a culture of peace, assist local churches in need of help with conflicts, and provide guidance to Peacemaking Teams which may need assistance.  See the Peacemaking Church section of the website for more information on this subject.

Q.) How can I bring an training event to my area?
A.) Hosting an event is a great step toward building a culture of peace in your organization or church. We look forward to partnering with you and exploring how we can bring peacemaker training to your group, church, or community.