Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb)
The Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) designation is an entry-level designation for arbitrators while they continue to learn and practice for the Chartered Arbitration designation. It recognizes member applicants who have completed an ADRIC-Accredited 40 hour arbitration training that includes a written exam.
As part of the Gold Standard approach to ADR in Canada, the ADR Institute of Canada requires all Designated members to provide proof of a minimum of $1 million insurance coverage for their protection and for the protection of those for whom they provide services. View the ADRIC Insurance Program.
Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb)
The Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) designation recognizes competence at a high level. To ensure that a high and consistent set of standards is met by the persons entitled to use this designation, ADRIC has established general principles, a set of criteria and a protocol to be used in assessing the eligibility of an applicant for the designation and for the granting of the designation:
- Successful completion of an ADRIC-Accredited course of study of at least 40 hours in arbitration and hearing procedure.
- Successful completion of an examination which is part of the ADRIC-Accredited course or ADRIC’s written open book Chartered Arbitrator examination..
- The applicant must have chaired at least 10 fee-paid arbitrations or demonstrably complex and involved if unpaid.
- The applicant must provide at least 2 awards, written by the applicant for review by the Regional Committee, (redacted to remove personal or confidential information). or demonstrably complex and involved if unpaid.
Please contact your Regional Affiliate for Application Forms, Filing fees and any specialized Criteria:
- ADR Institute of British Columbia (ADRBC)
- ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA)
- ADR Institute of Saskatchewan Inc.(ADRISK)
- ADR Institute of Manitoba (ADRIM)
- ADR Institute of Ontario, Inc. (ADRIO)
- L’Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ)
- ADR Atlantic Institute (ADRAI)
If your Regional Affiliate does not have a customized application form and directs you to ADRIC, a generic form is available here.
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C.Arb Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) designation?
The C.Arb or Chartered Arbitrator designation is Canada’s only official senior designation for experienced, practicing Arbitrators. Please click here for a more complete description of the requirements.
- Are there prerequisites?
The applicant must be a member in good standing of ADRIC through one of our seven affiliates. There are extensive training and experience requirements which you should review before you consider applying. The applicant must also sign and submit the Declaration of Insurance form indicating that they have insurance in the amount of $1 million or check the appropriate box for an exemption of the requirement. For information on obtaining insurance, please click here. For a more complete description of the requirements, please view the Assessment Criteria linked above.
- Where do I get the C.Arb Application Form?
Please contact your local affiliate for the application form and appropriate filing fee. If they refer you to ADRIC for the form, you may access it here.
- Is there a fee for the C.Arb application?
For information about application fees contact your local affiliate.
- Is there an ongoing cost?
Yes. There is an annual fee to maintain your C.Arb designation..You must also remain a member in good standing with your local affiliate to retain this designation.
- How do I apply?
Forward your completed application form, and payment along with any attachments necessary to verify the courses you have taken and the work you have done (think of it as marketing yourself to the accreditation committee), to your local affiliate.