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Frequently Asked Questions





I have a Law degree, which courses am I exempt from?

If you already have a law degree you will be exempt from the CIArb Module 1 in Law of Obligations and Civil Evidence. Please see the following website link for further information on exemptions:

I already have some ADR training from another institution at what level of membership can I enter?

CIArb runs a Recognised Course Provider scheme. If your institution appears on this list you may be able to become a member without any further training. Alternatively you may be able to apply for an individual exemption depending on your training. Please see the following link for further information:


Do you offer discounts on course fees?

We do not offer discounts on courses. However, we can offer candidates the option of paying for their course fee in instalments with 70% of the course fee payable when registering for a course and 30% during the course. This option is available for Modules 1-4 and Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration

Do I need to attend all the tutorials on my course?

Although we strongly encourage our candidates to attend tutorials, they are not compulsory. You should discuss your situation with the course administrator and tutor who may be able to offer some advice

I am unable to travel do you offer tutorials via Skype or DVD?

Unfortunately CIArb currently does not currently offer tutorials through Skype as standard but we are hoping to offer this service progressively through 2016.

I’m interested in training, but not based in London, what should I do?

We have Branches worldwide that provide training based on course materials, content and syllabus that has been fully developed and approved by CIArb, Bloomsbury Square. Contact your local Branch for more information, view all our training courses at or alternatively you can email the Education & Training Team on for further information on registering for London courses without attending tutorials.

Do I have to pay VAT?

  • All UK residents have to pay VAT
  • All London course applicants have to pay VAT unless they have a Europe VAT number
  • Overseas courses: Ask permission from the local tax office to see if exemption can be given
  • CIArb VAT Number: 681 4290 29

When are course materials sent out?

Course materials are usually made available to you via Moodle, after you have registered and two weeks before the course commences. A hard copy of the workbook will be handed out on the first day of the course when you come in for a face-to-face tutorial/assessment day.

How am I assessed?

There are Course Information sheets available to view on the Training section of our website. These sheets will give the assessment procedures for your chosen programme.

Are your courses internationally recognised?

CIArb courses in Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration and Mediation are internationally recognised. Courses held at 12 Bloomsbury Square in Adjudication are based on the UK Act and only recognised in the UK. Please refer to your local Branch for any courses they may be running in Adjudication -

Can I take more than one module at a time?

In the case of our Introduction courses and Module 1 you are able to take them at the same time. However, results and membership status for Module 1 will not be released until the module has been completed.

Do you have closing dates to register on your courses?

This will depend on the course you are registering on. Generally, we will continue to accept registrations shortly after the Course Start Date (for longer modules), however, if there is a necessity to make materials available in advance this may impact on our closing dates. Please contact the Education & Training team for further information Some courses have a maximum limit and therefore candidates are urged to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Can I register on a course if the course start date has passed?

If you are registering on a course where self-study is expected for the first few weeks after the start date then a candidate can register after the course start date BUT before the first tutorial takes place. CIArb will not be held responsible for a candidate not having sufficient time for self study before the first tutorial.

Can I register for a course online?

Yes you can register for all our courses online.

What is my candidate number?

Your candidate number appears at the top of your confirmation of registration letter/notification.

What is the dress code for attendance on courses?

Smart casual.

Can I take my examination in my home country?

Candidates will automatically be registered to sit examinations at CIArb, Bloomsbury Square, London. However, it is possible to arrange for examinations to be sat elsewhere, for example, at a CIArb Branch or a special examination centre. Candidates who wish to sit an examination at a CIArb Branch or a special examination centre in their home country should alert the Institute at least four weeks prior to the examination and finalise their own arrangements with the external venue. Candidates will be responsible for any additional local charges for invigilation and facilities.

Where can I buy CIArb course workbooks or books from the recommended reading list?

If you have registered onto a course, CIArb will supply course workbooks as part of the registration fee except for the Diploma course. If you are not registered on a CIArb course you can buy our workbooks by emailing; Books on the recommended reading list are available from all major UK and online bookstores. Candidates on the Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration course must purchase books themselves prior to the course.

Why will my assignment not be accepted after the deadline?

All assignments must be submitted by the deadline date and time, this is so that no advantage is given to any candidate over another CIArb deals with many courses Internationally and strict deadlines are required to ensure results are processed and released within set timescales.

What are the CIArb Candidate Regulations?

The CIArb Candidate Regulations are a set of regulations written to protect candidates and to ensure there is a consistent and fair approach to the treatment of candidates. This document includes areas such as; examination rules and appeal procedures. This set of regulations will be sent to all candidates upon registration onto a course and define the basis of the registration agreement between CIArb and the candidate.

How will I receive my results

Candidates should receive their results within 6 - 8 weeks by both email and post.

What happens if I do not pass the course assessment? Do I need to retake the whole course?

You are able to re-sit any part of the assessment (there will be a charge for any resits) however, if you do not pass after your third attempt, CIArb will expect you to sit the entire course again.

N.B. This does not apply to the Accelerated Routes, where the entire course must be re-sat.

How do I Appeal?

Should a candidate wish to appeal their results, they should refer to section 15.7 of the Candidate Regulations.

How do I transfer my course or assessment entry to the next course or assessment date?

Please contact the Education & Training team at who will send you a Postponement Form (there will be a postponement charge applied).

If I am a Member having embarked on the Arbitration Pathway, can I continue to Fellowship via the Mediation or Adjudication route?

Each CIArb Pathway has been tailored to train and educate in a specific chosen ADR area.
Therefore, CIArb does not allow ‘swapping’ between the Pathways.

How do CIArb courses compare to the National Curriculum?

CIArb are not regulated by an external organisation such as the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency), therefore, our courses are not benchmarked against the National Qualifications Framework or Qualifications and Credit Framework (NCF). We do not promote that our courses are compared to any qualifications. Those that register on CIArb courses tend to be people at different levels in their career and are already established in ADR or have very little or no experience in ADR.

Do I need to be legally qualified to become an arbitrator?

The term ‘legally qualified’ refers to someone who has completed a law degree and is/was a lawyer, barrister or solicitor. CIArb does not deem it necessary for a person to be legally qualified. CIArb courses are not regarded as legal qualifications however, the CIArb pathways programme, which includes areas of the law covering the Law of Contract, Tort and Evidence, provides the necessary skills to be able to conduct an Arbitration.

If I successfully complete Module 1 does that make me legally qualified?

Successful completion of Module 1 will not make you legally qualified in terms of being able to practice Law as the module mainly covers the areas of Contract, Tort and Evidence. You will, however, be able to explain and describe the principles of law.

I have lost my result letter, I cannot remember which course I sat, can I get a copy of my certificate and result letter?

We are able to reproduce certificates and results letters for any courses since CIArb began electronically filing information. There is a £30 administrative charge for each module request.

Why would I sit your courses rather than at a university?

Universities will generally offer academic courses, whereas CIArb offers professional courses. There are some university courses which are recognised by CIArb and therefore could lead to membership, please see the Recognised Course Provider section of the CIArb website:

What do I get from sitting your courses?

Depending on the level of course, if you take and pass the assessment, you will be eligible to become a member of CIArb, as an Associate, Member or Fellow and receive a range of member benefits. In addition you will receive a result letter, certificate, an internationally recognised qualification in Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration, Mediation or Adjudication and CPD points.

What is the difference between Domestic and International Arbitration?

‘Domestic' Arbitration is concerning a dispute that is related to only one jurisdiction: while the disputing parties may be from different jurisdictions, the arbitral seat, substantive and procedural laws are all from the one jurisdiction. This is usually but not always that of England & Wales.

International Arbitration is concerning disputing parties likely to be from different jurisdictions, the seat, substantive and procedural laws are often (but not always) from different jurisdictions. Knowledge of comparative law and the major international arbitral texts (conventions, rules &c) is called for.

What courses do I need to do to act as an arbitrator/adjudicator/mediator?

There are no set requirements to be able to practice in any of these areas; however, professional qualifications will be expected in an ever increasing competitive world of ADR. Please refer to our Pathways diagrams for your chosen area. This will show you the levels you can achieve with CIArb.

How can I upgrade from Associate to Member of CIArb?

The standard route to successfully upgrade from Associate to Member is by continuing along the Pathways programme in the area of ADR you have chosen – Mediation, Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration or Adjudication.

If you already have an equivalent Law qualification and have some experience in your chosen ADR area, you may be accepted onto our Accelerated Route to Membership programme. Further exemption information can be found on the CIArb website:

How can I upgrade from Member to Fellow of CIArb?

The standard route to successfully upgrade from Member to Fellow is by continuing along the Pathways programme in the ADR area you have chosen – Mediation, Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration or Adjudication. You will need to successfully pass a Peer Interview after Module 4.

If you already have an equivalent Law qualification and have substantial experience in your chosen ADR area, you may be accepted onto our Accelerated Route towards Fellowship programme. For further exemption information please refer to the exemptions area of the CIArb website:

What is required to become a Chartered Arbitrator?

Chartered Arbitrator status is a benchmark of exceptional experience and knowledge in the field of Arbitration.

To apply, you must fulfil certain criteria. This includes being a CIArb Fellow and producing a schedule of appointments and CPD for the past three years as well as documentary evidence of making at least two reasoned awards, directions or judgements.

Please contact our Member Services department for more information.


I am interested in joining your panel of Arbitrators/Adjudicators/Mediators – how do I go about it?

Please see our Dispute Appointment Service (DAS) section for more information about theirPresidential Panels.

I have a dispute and would like to appoint an arbitrator/adjudicator/mediator, how can I do this?

CIArb's Dispute Appointment Service (DAS) will provide the answer to this question. Frequently Asked Questions for DAS are available.