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Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution: Accredited Online Arbitration Certificate
Gain a solid foundation in arbitration law and procedure. Learn how to conduct a full arbitration hearing and write an arbitration award. Prepare to achieve your Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb) designation.
The Role of Arbitration in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Arbitration is a popular form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Other forms of ADR include mediation, negotiation, and facilitation. Arbitration is different from these models in several key ways:
- The arbitrator functions like a judge, reviewing evidence and hearing arguments
- An arbitration hearing is like a trial, but generally less formal
- Unlike mediation, the arbitrator’s final decision is usually legally binding
Accredited Online Arbitration Certificate—Overview
The Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution certificate is a 10-week online course that fully prepares students to oversee hearings, decide outcomes, and write arbitration awards.
In this course you will learn:
- Canadian arbitration law and procedure
- Tort law, contract law, and the rules of evidence
- Structure and process of arbitration hearings
- How to conduct an online arbitration hearing
- Techniques for managing power imbalances and maintaining neutrality
- Standard approaches to writing arbitration awards
- Codes of conduct, ethics, law, and compliance for arbitrators in Canada
- At the end of your course will take the Q.Arb exam.
Arbitration Mock Trial and Role Play—Practical Component
The accredited Arbitration and Dispute Resolution certificate includes 14 hours of mandatory mock trials and role plays. This practical component will hone your skills and prepare you to arbitrate real disputes. Role play is a mandatory requirement for earning the Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb) designation.
Using video conferencing and online discussion, students will participate in:
- Role plays on arbitration law and ethics
- Role plays on applying arbitration principles
- Role plays on pre-hearing conferences and rules of procedure
- A 3-hour mock arbitration
Career Options in ADR and Arbitration
Arbitration is used to settle a wide variety of disputes, including labour relations, business and consumer disputes, sports, construction, international trade deals, and family conflicts.
Graduates of the Accredited Arbitration certificate:
- Meet the training requirement (40 hours) outlined by ADRIC and ADRIO to pursue the Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb) designation
- May find work as independent arbitrators
- May join an ADR and arbitration firm
- Enhance professionals skills that are relevant in their current career
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Course Schedule and Format
Instructor Led Format
Instructor Led courses follow a set class schedule with a dedicated Instructor and classmates. Students can work on assignments and readings when it works best for their schedule. The Instructor posts in the discussion forum and hosts live online lectures (via conference and/or video call). Students can use those opportunities to discuss assignments, industry topics etc. with their Instructor and peers.
The Instructor Led format offers increased engagement, opportunity for discussion and requires students to complete assignments and participate in live lectures on a weekly basis.
Note: This Instructor Led course require mandatory participation in weekly role-play and mock hearing scenarios.
The mandatory role play and mock hearing sessions via video conference call take place Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 PM– 8:30 PM EST. Please note these times and days are subject to change with notice. In the event a student misses a mandatory session alternative arrangements may be made available.
2 weeks (40 hours)
This course will provide a detailed look at arbitration and its various processes. The Provincial Arbitration Acts that apply to students’ jurisdictions will be reviewed. International Arbitration Law will be discussed, as will the Commercial Arbitration Act. Students will understand the legal regulation of the arbitration of disputes in Canada, including the standard for judicial review of arbitration decisions. Students will be instructed on how to draft an arbitration agreement between parties. Students will identify and apply natural justice principles that are inherent to arbitration. A 4-hour mandatory role play will include conducting a pre-hearing conference call and presiding over a mock pre-arbitration meeting/hearing focusing on standard rules of procedure relating to establishing and conducting an arbitration.
2 weeks (40 hours)
Fundamentally, all arbitrators understand the legal system. Students will be provided with an overview of tort and contract law and how it relates to arbitration. The legal test of “balance of probabilities” will be examined. The rules of evidence will be introduced, including admissibility, the role of the Charter of Rights and Freedom in excluding certain types of evidence, and the standard of “balance of probabilities.” Students will demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to apply the principles and law relevant to the settlement through arbitration of disputes by participation in online discussions and role plays. A 4-hour mandatory role play is included in the module.
2 weeks (40 hours)
Students will gain an understanding of the questioning, cross-examination, and redirecting of witnesses. The difference between an inquisitorial and adversarial approach to evidence, subpoenas, drawing adverse inferences, affidavits, expert witnesses, and other types of evidence. Students will learn about legal precedent, the role of legislation and case law in reaching a decision, and how to record evidence, write notes, and adequately manage exhibits and evidence.
The students will also learn the basics of writing an arbitration award in both points-based and narrative-based structures. A 4-hour mandatory role play is included in the module.
2 weeks (40 hours)
Students will gain detailed insight into the structure of an arbitration hearing and understand the formal process. They will apply the ADR standard of practice and be coached on overseeing an arbitration hearing that respects the philosophies of impartiality, collaboration, dealing with power imbalances, and confidentiality. This course includes a major mock arbitration hearing. Students will be required to attend and must write and submit a decision regarding the hearing. This module will include 4 hours of mock arbitration role-play.
2 weeks (40 hours)
This course will focus on ethical compliance and obligations for Arbitration and compliance regarding regulations and codes of conduct in Canada. This course teaches the fundamentals of the Code of Professional Conduct from the Canadian Bar Association, and the Code of Ethics from ADR Canada. The module includes an overview of the importance of transparency, disclosure, and rules which are essential for arbitration to maintain legal legitimacy and to discuss arbitrator-client conflicts of interest, complaints process, competency and credentialing of Arbitrators in Canada. The role play will focus on practical issues that arise in arbitration, such as preliminary objections, jurisdiction objections, and dealing with everyday ethical dilemmas, to develop students to perform the duties of an arbitrator without any apprehension of bias or conflict of interest.
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Accreditation and Recognition
Read our guide to mediation/arbitration designations in Canada for a helpful break-down.
This online Arbitration certificate is recognized and accredited by the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) and ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO), and the course meets the educational requirement (40 hours) needed to pursue the Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb) designation. Completing an accredited arbitration course streamlines the process for acquiring the Q. Arb certification, which is nationally recognized.
Review a complete list of Q. Arb requirements here.
Who Should Take the Certificate?
Graduates of the Accredited Arbitration Certificate are qualified to:
- Work toward the Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb) designation
- Join an ADR and arbitration firm
- Become independent arbitrators
*Please note that some practice areas (such as family arbitration) may require additional credentials. Please consult applicable laws and regulations in your province or territory.
- Post-secondary university degree or college diploma; OR
- Relevant professional experience