Assessment Criteria

The Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) designation has been established to recognize 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 a course of study of 40 hours or more in arbitration and hearing procedure approved by ADRIC or a regional affiliate.
  • Successful completion of ADRIC’s written open book Chartered Arbitrator examination or an examination which is part of a course approved by ADRIC or a regional affiliate no more than 10 years prior to application.

Practical experience:

  • 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, redacting the award to remove personal or confidential information. or demonstrably complex and involved if unpaid.

Pledge:  The applicant must pledge to abide by ADRIC’s Code of Ethics and must maintain membership with ADRIC.

To view detailed assessment criteria, please click here.


Please contact your Regional Affiliate for Application Forms, Filing fees and any specialized Criteria:

If your Regional Affiliate does not have a customized application form and directs you to ADRIC, a generic form is available for here.

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C.Arb Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) designation?
The C.Arb Or Chartered Arbitrator designation is Canada’s only official designation for practicing Arbitrators. Please click here for a more complete description of the requirements.

2. 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.

3. Where do I get the C.Arb Application Form?
You can print the application form from this website or phone your local affiliate, and they will mail or fax a copy upon request. Please contact your local affiliate for the appropriate filing fee.

4. Is there a fee for the C.Arb application?
For information about application fees call your local affiliate.

5. Is there an ongoing cost?
The annual fee to maintain your C.Arb designation is $198.00 (plus applicable taxes), effective January 2018. The national organization bills you every year. You must also remain a member in good standing with your local affiliate to retain this designation.

6. 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.