Renewal FAQs

When are renewals due?

Answer:  January 1st of every year.

Is there a grace period after January 1st of each year?

Answer: Only until February 28th and only as approved by the TMCA Board for that renewal year. In order to ensure the publication of your Credential in TMCA’s promotion material, TMCA must receive and approve your application no later than February 15th of that credentialing year.

What if I don’t renew within the allotted renewal time?

Answer: Your Credential will expire and your name will be removed from the list of TMCA Credential holders and from the website. You may no longer “hold out” in any way that you are associated with TMCA.

May I renew my TMCA Credential after the renewal period is over?

Answer: Technically, no, but you may re-apply by submitting a new application which includes certifying the Terms and Conditions for Credentialing. Your new application will have to be approved by the TMCA Board.

What if I was sick, disabled, out of Texas, or otherwise unable to meet the renewal requirements for this past year but I still want to hold a Credential?

Answer: Your only option is to submit a new application which includes certifying the Terms and Conditions for Credentialing in order to become re-credentialed at whatever Credential designation for which you qualify. Your new application will have to be approved by the TMCA Board.

How do I know if my continuing education qualifies for renewal?

Answer: For Continuing Education Criteria, click here

May I change my Credential designation at renewal time?

Answer: Yes. You may apply to change your Credential designation at any time during the year. The easiest way to apply to change your Credential designation is online, by clicking here. Note that if you apply online, the approval process will be expedited.

If you wish to apply to change your Credential designation via mail at the same time you are renewing, then print and complete the Application for Credential Renewal form and the Application for Credential form and mail both to the TMCA Vice Chair, Credentialing, at the address shown on the Contact Us page. If you wish to apply to change your Credential designation via mail after you have renewed, then print, complete, and mail the Application for Credential form to the TMCA Vice Chair, Credentialing, at the address shown on the Contact Us page and attach a note that indicates you have already renewed for that year.

If you apply to change your Credential designation at the same time your renew, you will be charged the application fee for the new designation. If you apply to change your Credential designation after you have renewed though before the end of the standard renewal period, which is 2/28, then you will be charged only the difference between the renewal fee for your former designation and the application fee for the new designation. If you apply to change your Credential designation after 2/28, then you will be charged the full fee for the new designation (in addition to the renewal fee paid at the time you renewed).

Note that if you were initially Credentialed after January 1, 2008, a copy of your training certificate or affidavit is not required with your application.

What if I don’t meet the renewal requirements for my existing Credential?

Answer: You may change to another designation that requires fewer mediations for the previous calendar year only if the renewal applicant has met the continuing education criteria for the previous calendar year and the mediation requirements for the other designation for the previous calendar year. The easiest way to apply to change your Credential designation is online, by clicking here. Note that if you apply online, the approval process will be expedited.

If you wish to apply to change your Credential designation via mail at the same time you are renewing, then print and complete the Application for Credential Renewal form and the Application for Credential form and mail both to the TMCA Vice Chair, Credentialing, at the address shown on the Contact Us page. If you wish to apply to change your Credential designation via mail after you have renewed, then print, complete, and mail the Application for Credential form to the TMCA Vice Chair, Credentialing, at the address shown on the Contact Us page and attach a note that indicates you have already renewed for that year.

If you apply to change your Credential designation at the same time your renew, you will be charged the application fee for the new designation. If you apply to change your Credential designation after you have renewed though before the end of the standard renewal period, which is 2/28, then you will be charged only the difference between the renewal fee for your former designation and the application fee for the new designation. If you apply to change your Credential designation after 2/28, then you will be charged the full fee for the new designation (in addition to the renewal fee paid at the time you renewed).

Note that if you were initially Credentialed after January 1, 2008, a copy of your training certificate or affidavit is not required with your application.

Can I send in my continuing education documentation in place of filling out the second page of the renewal form?

Answer: No. Do not send continuing education documentation to TMCA. You must personally fill out the continuing education record (second page of the renewal form). Though this documentation will not be submitted, it should be retained in your files.

If I have four (4) hours of self-study and five (5) hours in a training role both related to mediation training, can I count these hours for continuing education?

Answer:  Yes.

How will I know if a mediation ethics course is approved?

Answer:  Look for mediation ethics courses that say that they meet the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable standards for mediation ethics courses.

Will attendance at conferences such as the ADR Section of the State Bar continuing education conference and the Texas Association of Mediators conference qualify for continuing education hours?

Answer:  Yes.

Does auditing a college course count as continuing education?

Answer: Yes, as long as the audited course meets TMCA’s continuing education criteria. For Continuing Education Criteria, click here.

What if it takes me longer than four years to move from the “Candidate” to “Credentialed” designation?

Answer: You will need to drop the “Candidate” designation until you can meet the criteria for the “Credentialed” designation. Then you can apply for the “Credentialed” designation.

What if I take a course that only has a few hours on mediation?

Answer: You can definitely count the hours that relate to mediation. You can also count up to five (5) hours of substantive course material as continuing education each year. So, if the course contains substantive material, you can count up to five (5) such hours, as well.

What if the title of the course does not indicate its relevance to mediation?

Answer: Include a note about how it relates to mediation.