The Certificate Course in Arbitration (“the Certificate Course”) is ideal for persons who are interested to venture into the world of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  Whilst all interested persons may not necessarily aspire to become arbitrators (Fellows), this course provides the student with 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 two modules, both of which must be passed successfully as a prerequisite to applying for the Fellowship Admission Course.

Qualification for Application

Prospective candidates must be Associate Members.

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The consideration to grant Associate membership status to a candidate is in the sole discretion of the Association’s Board of Directors.

Course Structure

The Certificate Course consists of two 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 apply to undertake either one or both modules to run concurrently.  If the election is to run the course over two years, candidates must commence with Module 1.

Candidates will apply by submitting an Application Form to the Course and Member Manager, whereafter they will be registered for 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 on assignments which must be submitted at various prescribed dates.  Assignments will be marked by the designated tutor who will also furnish applicable commentary thereafter.

Any person wanting to undertake the course may apply by completing and submitting the application form through the link below.

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 an online correspondence course and, as such, there are no formal lectures presented.  Students are required to attend two compulsory online workshops for Module 1 and two compulsory online workshops for Module 2 during the year.


Examinations will be written annually during October.  Both modules’ examinations will be closed book.  The examinations will be held online.


The application fees (inclusive of VAT) are:

  • Module 1: R15 000.00;
  • Module 2: R15 000.00.

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


Please download the Brochure and Application Form.

Submit your application to Miss Mandisa Mthembu (Course and Member Manager) – coursecoordinator@arbitrators.co.za.

Closing Date for Application

29 February 2024

Information Booklet

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

Financial Assistance

Learn more about the Association’s Financial Assistance for educational training here.


Contact Miss Mandisa Mthembu (Course and Member Manager) for assistance.