Professional Certificate in Arbitration (ProfCertArb)

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Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


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.

Students entering the program would normally be expected to hold a Bachelor of Laws, or a Bachelor of Commerce which includes the study of commercial or business law. Students with other qualifications or significant experience in a relevant field will be assessed on a case by case basis.

This program is generally taught over two semesters and includes a mix of workshops, intensive and online learning. The program is designed for completion in two parts: an introductory course and an advanced course. The introductory course is generally offered within the first semester and the advanced course within the second semester.

The introductory course introduces the concepts, frameworks and practice of dispute resolution through arbitration, while the advanced course provides a greater depth of the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to determine outcomes by arbitration. The most benefit and best understanding of the program content is gained by students who complete within one year.

Applicants are also expected to meet the University’s English language proficiency requirements for Law programs (

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.


Condition of Enrolment
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Faculty before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Professional Certificate in Arbitration

There shall be a Professional Certificate in Arbitration.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

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:

  1. Core courses to the value of 6 units.
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 6 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
LAW 7155 Introduction to Arbitration 3
LAW 7156 Advanced Arbitration 3