The Certificate Course in Arbitration (“the Certificate Course”) is ideal for persons who are interested to venture into to world of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  Whilst all interested persons may not necessarily aspire to become arbitrators (Fellows), this course provides the student a better understanding of the law and practice of arbitration.  It is therefore specifically structured to provide a general introduction to the principles of law and arbitration.

The Certificate Course consists of 2 modules, both of which must be passed successfully as a prerequisite to enrolling for the Fellowship Admission Course.

Qualification for Enrollment:

Prospective candidates must be Associate Members.

Course Structure:

The Certificate Course consists of 2 modules:

  • Module 1 – Introduction to the Theory of Law and Contract Law; and
  • Module 2 – Introduction to the Law and Practice of Arbitration.

Candidates may enrol to undertake either 1 or both modules to run concurrently.  If the election is to run the course over 2 years, candidates must commence with Module 1.

Candidates will enrol online, whereafter they will be registered with the respective course module and will be able to access the e-Learning portal in order to download the course notes.  The course is self-study based with assignments which must be submitted at various prescribed dates.  Assignments will be marked by the designated tutor who will also furnish applicable commentary thereafter.

Course Syllabus:

Module 1
  • Part A – Introduction to the Theory of Law:  Gives the candidate a brief explanation and introduction of the what, where and when of South African law.  On completion a candidate will have a brief overview and understanding of what the term “law” means; where South African law originates; what legislation is; the court system of South Africa; and the precedent system.
  • Part B – Introduction to the Law of Contract:  Will introduce a candidate to the basic principles of the law of contract; the nature and formation of contracts; operation and interpretation of contracts; breach of contracts and the remedies available; and the ultimate termination of contract.  A more detailed study of the law of contract follows in Module 3 which is part of the Fellowship Admission Course.
Module 2
  • Law and Practice of Arbitration:  Introduces a candidate to the law and practice of arbitration in South Africa, including relevant legislation and procedures used in conducting an arbitration and making an enforceable award.

Workshops and Seminars:

The Certificate Course is a correspondence course and, as such, there are no formal lectures presented.  An introductory workshop will however be held in the afternoon at the beginning of the year and a full 1 day workshop will take place towards the middle of the year.


Examinations will be written annually during October/November.  Both modules’ examinations will be closed book.  The examination venues will, subject to demand, be held in the major cities and towns but the Secretariat will communicate this with the candidates closer to the event.


The enrollment fees (inclusive of VAT) are: R13 500.00 per module.

The course material will only be made available to the candidate on proof of full payment.


Please download the Brochure and Enrolment Form.

Closing Date for Enrolment:

29 February 2020

Information Booklet:

Please download the Information Booklet (Modules 1 and 2).