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Training & Qualifications Programme Restructure

Education and Training Developments

CIArb's Director of Education, Policy and Research, Dr. Subo Shanmuganathan, provides an overview of the Institute’s Golden Thread and explains the changes to CIArb's training structure.


Golden Thread update: August 2017

The rollout of the new Pathways modules and Centralised Assessment has begun in the UK and in Europe.
1 August 2017 | News

Golden Thread update: March 2017

The latest update from CIArb Education & Training looks at Introduction Courses and Assessments, Pathways Courses and their centralised assessment, plus other recent developments.
23 March 2017 | News

Update on Training & Qualifications Programme Restructure

We continue to make good progress towards the introduction of the new Pathways programme for qualification, Membership and Fellowship of CIArb.
6 March 2017 | News

CIArb is launching a new training structure as part of its Golden Thread. Here, we outline the changes.

The Institute has embarked upon a plan to update and streamline its qualifications and global programme of training for arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators.

The purpose of this project is to confirm and underpin global recognition of CIArb’s rigour in upholding the standards of quality and expertise of its membership, and strengthen the foundations of consistency, fairness and transparency offered by the training and qualification pathways.

The revised courses will enable all branches and those members who give generously of their time and expertise as tutors and assessors, to gain maximum benefit by bringing together consistent core training and development materials with a transparent and consistent assessment process.

The result will be a strengthened CIArb brand and reinforcement of its reputation for the highest quality and standards.

The revisions are being shaped using views and feedback from tutors and candidates.

Following consultation at the tutors’ symposium, branch meetings and Congress, the next stage is to trial the new qualifications and further shape them to meet the needs of the sector as part of ongoing discussion and engagement.

Members’ views, during this period, will help to inform any revisions needed. We would like to hear from you about the proposals below and continue an open, transparent and constructive dialogue as we roll out the new programme over the next 18 months. Please contact education@ciarb.org with any feedback.


What does the proposed new structure look like?

Each training and qualification pathway for each of the three disciplines will comprise three separate modules. Module 2 will be common to all three pathways. Please see the diagram below.

Flowchart diagram showing the new Pathways routes 

The assessment process across all Introduction Courses and all Pathways for all Modules will be centralised and administered by the main CIArb office (CIArb HQ).

Assessment will be by written examination for:

  • Modules 1, Adjudication and Arbitration (International and Domestic)
  • Module 2, all disciplines
  • Modules 3 Adjudication and Arbitration (International and Domestic)

Assessment for the Mediation Pathway will be:

  • Module 1: live, observed, filmed and moderated mediation case study role play
  • Module 3: academic essay and written reflective practice analysis

There will be three scheduled assessment dates for each of the modules per year. This will enable branches to align scheduling of their training programmes with those dates. We anticipate the dates for written assessments to be:

  • Module 1: January, May, September
  • Module 2: February, May, September
  • Module 3: January, July, October

For each assessment for each Pathway Module, CIArb HQ will commission the setting of papers, the moderating of papers set, marking scripts, and moderating a representative sample of scripts.

Assessment for the five Introduction Courses will be by online multiple choice test (see also Information on the new assessment system for CIArb's Introduction Courses). 

What will the course schedules look like?

Please see the proposed course schedules.

What benefits do the changes bring?

The advantages of this revised approach include a reduction in costs and administration time spent on all assessment-related activity by branches. It also means CIArb can focus on the scheduling and delivery of training according to members’ needs. It provides reassurance that the content of all Pathway training is current and prepared by practitioners who are acknowledged as experts in their fields. Finally, it reinforces the Institute’s brand and reputation for the highest quality and standards.  

What resources and support will be provided?

  • Revised and updated workbooks to accompany each Pathway Module.
  • A syllabus for the tutorials or training courses (as appropriate) for each Pathway Module.
  • Training for approved faculty members on the revised materials, syllabi and suggested approaches to delivery.
  • MS PowerPoint slides and tutor notes for each module covering the core curriculum. 

Will there be any regional variations?

Where there are regional variations in law, rules of practice and procedure, it is proposed that experts in the region be invited to write material to address the local need. That material would comprise content for the relevant part(s) of the relevant Workbook(s) and assessment materials to address that content, for approval by CIArb HQ.

It is also proposed that assessment of the regional-specific content be organised, run, marked and moderated by the relevant branch on a CPD basis. Regional-specific content would not be assessed as part of the centralised assessment for Pathway Modules. 

Are there any other changes?

CIArb HQ will be inviting regional experts to act as Regional Pathway Leaders (RPLs).  The role of the RPL will be to oversee and manage the region’s training programme and manage the regional faculty. CIArb HQ will continue to ensure that faculty members meet CIArb’s standard for inclusion and CIArb’s quality assurance standards.

When will the new structure take effect?

Rollout of the revised Pathways and Assessment process commenced in January 2017. More information can be found in this news item.