Join CIArb

For almost a century CIArb membership has provided a prestigious qualification demonstrating excellence in ADR.

With over 14,000 members working in sectors as diverse as finance, construction, oil and gas and agriculture in over 120 countries worldwide, we pride ourselves on being a truly global network. Many are active ADR professionals, while others become members for their own personal development or to enhance their careers.We offer support to our international membership through a range of benefits and activities, including:

  • Use of internationally recognised post-nominal letters (ACIArb, MCIArb, FCIArb)
  • Access to a worldwide community of ADR professionals
  • Global networking opportunities
  • Continuing professional development (CPD)
  • News and information including The CIArb Australia News and regular CIArb updates.
  • Professional advice and guidance including a dispute resolution advice service and authoritative practice guidelines
  • Access to the latest thinking in ADR, including free subscription to CIArb's leading quarterly journal, Arbitration (worth over £200), academic studies and research, and access to CIArb's library, both in Australia and CIArb Global Headquarters in London
  • Professional indemnity insurance cover
  • Discounts on CIArb conferences, events, books and other services

With nearly 40 branches worldwide, we can ensure that all of our members have access to CIArb training and benefits, wherever they are in the world. Most importantly, CIArb's international reputation and academic rigour provide our members with a powerful mark of quality assurance to help open doors.

There are four levels of membership: Student, Associate, Member and Fellow.  When completing the membership form it is important that you demonstrate enough experience and qualifications for CIArb to find the right level for you.

Student

CIArb student affiliateship is free to join. It is open to anyone studying at a university or other higher educational institution who is not otherwise qualified to join the CIArb at any other membership grade. To join click here

Associate

This entry-level Introductory Certificate qualification is ideal if you have some knowledge of ADR and are keen to take your first steps.  To join click here

 Member

To qualify to become a Member you will need to:

  •  Become an Associate and pass Modules 1 and 2 of CIArb's training programme; or
  • Pass CIArb's Accelerated Route to Membership programme (Arbitration only); or
  • Complete a recognised equivalent course; or
  • Demonstrate the level of experience in the relevant field as required by CIArb.

If you are not an Associate but are legally qualified and have some experience of Arbitration, CIArb offers an Accelerated Route to Membership course

For further information on how to apply, click here

Fellow

To qualify to become a Fellow you must:

  • Become a CIArb Member and pass modules 3 and 4 of CIArb's training programme; or
  • Pass CIArb's Accelerated Route to Fellowship Programme and Module 4 of CIArb's arbitration/adjudication training programmes; or
  • Pass the Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration and Module 4 of CIArb's arbitration training programmes; or
  • Complete a recognised equivalent course; or
  • Complete CIArb's experienced practitioner scheme; or
  • Demonstrate the level of experience in the relevant field as required by CIArb.

If you have a professional legal background and significant arbitration or adjudication experience, CIArb offers an Accelerated Route to Fellowship course. For experienced practitioners, our Experienced Practitioner Route may offer you entry at Fellowship, depending on your academic legal qualifications.

Candidates wishing to become a Fellow must also undergo a Peer Interview which has been designed for candidates to demonstrate:

  •  An understanding and appreciation of the workings of CIArb and, where relevant, the Branch and of how the new Fellow can contribute.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the objectives of CIArb and where relevant, the Branch.
  • An understanding and appreciation of CIArb's Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct and its application

For further information on how to apply, click here

By way of case studies:

If you have more than 5 years arbitration experience in arbitration and have not completed a CIArb Introduction to International Arbitration  course you can apply to become a member.  The membership committee will  determine whether you will become a member or associate member.

If you are not a CIArb member but have more than 5 years extensive arbitration experience and have a law degree you can complete a fast track to fellowship course and complete the module 4 award writing course.  You can then submit your application for membership and request to become a fellow. Your application will then be assessed by the membership committee, and a decision made in relation to your category of membership.