If you’re considering becoming an arbitrator, you may already know the importance of earning a professional designation through the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADRIC).
ADRIC offers two professional designations for arbitrators; one for beginners and another for those with arbitration experience.
Certification is not mandatory in Canada, but it does give arbitrators a valuable stamp of professionalism and credibility.
The first step in earning your designation is to complete a minimum 40-hour arbitration course. It’s important to note that the arbitration course you choose must be approved by ADRIC for you to qualify for a designation.
So, it's best to select an accredited (pre-approved) course to avoid potential roadblocks when you submit your application.
We are very pleased to announce that our Arbitration for Professional Certificate has now been awarded accreditation (pre-approval) by the ADR Institute of Canada.
How exactly does this benefit our students? What does accreditation really mean? Here’s what you need to know.
An Accredited Arbitration Course Streamlines Your Application for the Qualified Arbitrator Designation
The Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) designation is an entry-level credential for new arbitrators. This is your first step in starting a career as a professional arbitrator.
The Q.Arb designation proves you have met nationally-recognized standards for training and competency.
In order to qualify, you need to complete a 40-hour arbitration course that includes a written exam, and become a member of both the ADR Institute of Canada and your provincial affiliate.
It’s crucial to note that ADRIC reserves the right to reject arbitration programs that it has not accredited. If the arbitration course you take is not recognized by the ADR Institute, it will have to be evaluated by their assessment committee (at your expense).
If deemed unacceptable, you won’t be eligible for the Q.Arb designation.
“Any student completing any course not pre-approved as an ADRIC Accredited Course cannot automatically use that course toward requirements for ADRIC’s Designations. The relevant regional designation assessment committee will be required to assess any course that is not an Accredited Course on a case by case basis and at such fees as they deem appropriate”
-ADR Institute of Canada
If you want to protect yourself, and save time and money, ADRIC recommends choosing one of their accredited arbitration courses. They post a list of approved training providers on their website: ADRIC Accredited Courses
Accreditation streamlines your application for the Q.Arb designation, removing potential roadblocks caused by a rejected training program.
Kompass offers the only accredited online arbitration course in canada
The Arbitration Certificate offered at Kompass Professional Development is unique in that it’s delivered entirely online. Kompass offers the only accredited online arbitration course in Canada.
Most arbitration programs are taught in-residence (on campus), which makes it difficult for many students to fit training around work and family commitments.
At Kompass, courses are accessible through an interactive online learning system. Assignments are supplemented with online discussions, and the instructor is readily available to answer questions and offer support.
Key features of the arbitration course:
☑️ 10-week training program
☑️ Taught by an experienced arbitrator with many years of professional experience
☑️ Delivered completely online
☑️ Fit courses around your schedule
☑️ Participate in mandatory role play and mock hearings via conference calls
☑️ Learn the theory and practical skills required to arbitrate disputes
☑️ Get personalized instructor support whenever you need it
☑️ Enjoy interaction with classmates through online discussions
☑️ This program meets educational requirements for the Q.Arb designation with ADRIC
Once you have completed the arbitration course, you can proceed with your application to ADRIC for the Q.Arb designation. The course is pre-approved for acceptance by ADRIC.
"We're delighted that ADRIC has accredited our Arbitration Course as a pathway leading to the Q.Arb. designation. This accreditation recognizes that the Kompass program meets rigorous standards set by ADRIC, and provides students with the credibility and confidence they need to enter into the exciting field of alternative dispute resolution."
-David Merrigan, Instructor, Arbitration for Professionals Certificate, Kompass Professional Development
“Kompass is honored to receive this accreditation from ADRIC. Recognition by ADRIC proves that our certificate program delivers the knowledge and practical skills students need to launch successful careers in arbitration”.
-Alysha Doria, Director of Academics, Kompass Professional Development
Do You Meet Admission Requirements for the Accredited Online Arbitration Course?
Kompass’s Arbitration for Professionals Certificate is designed for people who are new to the field of arbitration, and wish to launch their career with the Q.Arb designation.
Admission requirements include:
☑️ Post-secondary degree/diploma; OR
☑️ Relevant work experience
If you have questions about training or your eligibility to apply, we strongly recommend speaking with an Admissions Advisor.
An Advisor will walk you through the courses, assess your credentials or work experience, and answer any questions you may have.
We also suggest reading this interview with instructor, David Merrigan. David explains what to expect in training, and offers helpful career advice for aspiring arbitrators:
Click below to get started. Explore the accredited Arbitration for Professional Certificate, chat live with an Advisor, and reserve your spot in an upcoming session.
Upcoming start dates for the accredited Arbitration course: January 20, February 3, March 16, April 13.