Beginner's Guide to Arbitration Certification, Training & Careers

Arbitration is one of the most popular forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Similar to a judge, an arbitrator is a neutral third party who hears witnesses and reviews evidence before delivering a judgment that is usually legally binding.

However, arbitration is less formal than courtroom litigation and typically less costly and time-consuming.

And unlike the court system, parties involved in arbitration are allowed to choose their own arbitrator, and can design the process to suit their own needs (they can choose the timing and place of the arbitration, as well as who will be present).

Another key benefit of arbitration is privacy. Proceedings are confidential, which is generally considered a major advantage over litigation.

But how does one become an arbitrator?  What kind of training pathways and certifications are available in Canada?

Here is a simple breakdown of arbitration certification, training, and career paths.

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How Do You Become an Arbitrator in Canada? Training & Accreditation

Updated February 2021.

Considering becoming an arbitrator, and struggling to navigate the confusing array of training programs, certificates, and professional designations available in Canada?

In this post, we survey some of the educational options available to aspiring arbitrators, and the levels of accreditation offered through Canada's leading association for dispute resolution professionals—the ADR Institute of Canada.

Read on to get a clearer sense of the training path you must follow to launch a successful career in arbitration.

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Decoding Body Language During Mediation: What Can Gestures Tell You?

Have you heard of "power posing"?

Social psychologist and noted TED speaker, Amy Cuddy, revolutionized the world of communication by demonstrating how certain gestures can dramatically affect how we perceive ourselves, see other people—and possibly even alter body chemistry!

To prove her point, Cuddy shows how assuming "confident" poses, versus body positions that denote insecurity and anxiety, can genuinely change the way we feel and completely alter how others see us.

According to Cuddy, holding a "power pose" for just two minutes is enough to alter our communication style, outlook, and overall confidence level.

Now imagine how these ideas play out during mediation proceedings.

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