Professional Certificate in Arbitration

The best preparation for a career in conflict resolution

Arbitration is about finding impartial conflict solutions outside the court room.

Professional arbitrators have the knowledge and skills needed to make real and lasting progress in this area. They settle differences and difficulties with tact and integrity.

What will you do?

This unique, targeted degree sets you up for success in domestic commercial arbitration. You will:

  • learn from highly skilled and qualified practitioners
  • build advanced knowledge of the legal, procedural and communication aspects of arbitration
  • understand the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution within the Australian legal system
  • benefit from experiential learning, flexible delivery and meaningful industry connections.

We deliver our Professional Certificate in Arbitration in two parts: an Introduction to Arbitration and an Advanced Course. It’s best completed over two university semesters with the introduction course from March to June, and the advanced course from July to November.

Where could it take you?

You could find yourself involved in arbitration proceedings at any stage. You might work for government, legal, religious, healthcare or finance and insurance organisations. You could draft commercial arrangements and contracts. Perhaps you’ll help clients settle disputes in order to avoid arbitration proceedings.

Note: This program runs every 2 years. Visit the Professional Certificate in Arbitration – How to apply website for the latest information on the future running of this program.

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Entry Requirements

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Note: This program runs every 2 years. Visit the Professional Certificate in Arbitration ? How to apply website for the latest information on the future running of this program.

Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3PC013
Deferment No
Intake February
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Admission requires one of the following qualifications:

  • a recognised university degree, or

  • diploma or other tertiary qualification (University or TAFE), or

  • a recognised industry-based qualification, or

  • at least 2 years? professional experience holding a responsible position in a field of practice or discipline.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $10,500

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

This qualification will appeal to those who wish to become qualified Arbitrators and others who are interested in the subject matter to achieve a thorough grounding in the key principles of arbitration. These principles provide a useful framework for dealing with disputes in a broad range of situations.

The Professional Certificate in Arbitration will appeal to highly motivated people in two main categories:

  1. People in professional practice who are likely to be sought after to provide expert advice and services as Arbitrators, and providers of other forms of ADR.
  2. People who are interested in gaining skills and knowledge of dispute resolution procedures to enhance their business and professional knowledge and practices.

This Award qualification attracts a diverse range of applicants including accountants, administrators, architects, engineers, doctors, dentists, lawyers, health professionals, surveyors and valuers, and people involved in the construction, building, finance, insurance, mining and real estate industries. Participants are drawn from both the public and private sectors.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Arbitrator;  ADR Practitioner

Degree Structure

The Professional Certificate in Arbitration is designed to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the role of Arbitration and the process and legislative framework of commercial arbitration in Australia. The program is jointly offered by the University of Adelaide and the Resolution Institute. The program is designed for tertiary graduates (degree or diploma), while mature non-degree applicants will be assessed for admission on the basis of their recognised expertise and experience.

The Professional Certificate in Arbitration is a non-AQF program with a standard full-time duration of 0.25 years however can only be taken part-time for a duration of 0.5 years.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

To qualify for the Professional Certificate in Arbitration, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 6 units, comprising:

Core courses

  • LAW 7155 Introduction to Arbitration
  • LAW 7156 Advanced Arbitration

Example Study Plan

Core Courses 

Information about courses can be obtained from Course Outlines.


Equipped with deeper understanding principles, advanced critical thinking and enhanced analytical skills my study has been instrumental in advancing my career.

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Last updated: Monday, 15 Jan 2024