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 general course from March to June, and the advanced course from July to October.

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. For the latest information on the future running of this program, please contact Professional and Continuing Education: For further enquiries contact the National Program Coordinator.

  • Ranked Top Law School in South Austalia^
  • Strong links with industry partners
  • Flexible delivery of program

^QS World Ranking, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

Deferment Yes - 2 year
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

How to Apply
This program runs every two years. For the latest information on the future running of this program, please contact Professional and Continuing Education: For further enquiries, contact the National Program Coordinator.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $10,000

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


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

Jury Consultant, Arbitrator

Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

The Professional Certificate in Arbitration consists of two courses:

  • LAW 7155 Arbitration - Introduction Course
  • LAW 7156 Arbitration - Advanced Course

Information about courses can be obtained from Course Outlines.

Please note: On successful completion of the Introduction Course, students are eligible for entry to the Advanced Course.


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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022