Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate

Schedule: Open Enrollment/Self-paced
     Hours: 8 per course
     Courses: 5 courses, 1 day each
     Course Access: 2 months/class
Cost: $1,500 for certificate, $300 per course. You may pay for the program in full or on a monthly basis as you proceed.
Awarded: CEU and MCLE Credit

This certificate is also ideal for:

  • Real Estate professionals, HR professionals and Therapists seeking to advance their career goals
  • ADR practitioners who seek to expand their expertise
  • Academics interested in attaining credentials in dispute resolution
  • Corporate attorneys who support companies with conflict management
  • International business professionals interested in building ADR processes in their communities
  • Attorneys and legal professional seeking to effectively represent clients through the ADR process

Note: (1) Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) refers to the required continuing education hours for individuals working in the legal field, such as lawyers and paralegals. (2) If student would like the CEU credit, please contact Extended Learning in writing after all courses planned to take are completed and before12 months from the first class start date. (3) To apply please complete the Extended Learning Courses application

Program Overview

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has gained a widespread increase in recognition as a valuable skill set among both the general public and legal professionals. In fact, many courts and companies are resorting to some type of ADR to resolve conflict as it is an effective way to cut cost and time spent on each situation. This ADR certificate prepares you to participate in ADR matters, giving you an advantage in the global workforce.

Completion of this certificate provides students with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and MCLE credit for a wide range of occupations, including attorneys, paralegals, real estate & business professionals, and law and conflict management specialists. Each course consists of an eight-hour, self-paced course that includes a written lecture with links to supplemental resources, an audio lecture, a review exercise, and an examination. Each of the five courses have been state approved for 6 hours of MCLE credit. To earn the certificate, students must complete all five courses. Courses can also be taken individually.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, the student will:

  • Define the concept of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Describe the various processes of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Inform clients of the appropriate process for engaging Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Examine and diagnosis sources and elements of conflict
  • Manage conflict in an Alternative Dispute Resolution setting
  • Construct a successful negotiation strategy
  • Establish mediation and facilitation processes


5 courses; 4 CEU’s/30 hrs MCLE

There are no pre-requisites for any of the courses or the certificate. To obtain the Professional Certificate, all five courses (40 hours) must be completed within 12 months. If the student prefers, each course may be taken for 8 hours of continuing education and 6 hours of MCLE certification.

ADRX 8000X ADR Part I
.8 CEU’s/6 MCLE hrs

This is a two-part survey course focused on the introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution processes.  In ADR Part 1, the student will be exposed to the history of ADR in the United States and its application in a global setting, including ADR in other cultures. The student will receive an overview of such ADR processes as Negotiations, Mediation, Arbitration, Facilitation and Hybrid processes.

ADRX 8005X ADR Part II
.8 CEU’s/6 MCLE hrs

This introductory course is the second of two courses which will provide students with a broad understanding of ADR. The courses will cover Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration how each is used, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The course utilizes role plays, simulations, and case studies.

ADRX 8010X Conflict Diagnosis & Mgmt
.8 CEU’s/6 MCLE hrs

This course will explore workplace, interpersonal and team conflict dynamics and methods for effective communication in such conflict situations. Participants will learn communication skills for resolving such conflicts for themselves, between others and within a team or group, and strategies for preventing or defusing rising conflict. Additionally, participants will learn how to integrate conflict resolution into various organizational cultures.

ADRX 8015X Negotiation Fundamentals
.8 CEU’s/6 MCLE hrs

An introductory interactive course designed for students and the business professional to develop the verbal and analytical skills required to perform effectively as a negotiator in conflict situations. Students will participate in negotiating exercises, and learn different negotiating techniques through simulations, videos, and case studies.

ADRX 8020X Mediation & Facilitation
.8 CEU’s/6 MCLE hrs

An introductory interactive course designed for students and business professionals to develop the skills required to perform effectively as a mediator. Students will be introduced to different mediation styles such as facilitative, transformative, and evaluative methods. The course utilizes negotiating principles, videos, and case studies.