Mediator Organizations: There are several mediator organizations that can refer you to a local mediator in your area or provide you information on how to become a mediator.
TheAssociation for Conflict Resolution is a national professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. They offer "referrals" formediators in your area.
The Southern California Mediation Association is a local organization to which offers referrals for mediators in the Southern California area.
Mediate.com www.mediate.com also has a big referral database to help you find a mediator in your area.
How To Become A Mediator: People from a wide variety of backgrounds can make good mediators. Presently in California, there are no licensing requirements, which makes the answer to the question "How do I become a mediator?" as individual as the mediators themselves. For more information see our article "How Do I Become A Mediator.
There are also several great books on becoming a mediator