Professional Certificate in Arbitration

Degree Type Professional Certificate
Duration 3 months full-time
or part-time equiv.

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: 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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    How to Apply

    International applicants

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    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $8,500

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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.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers


  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

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

    You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

    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.

  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
    Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)

    The annual Open Day provides an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020