The Fellowship Admission Course (“the Fellowship Course”) is suited to those who wish to act as an arbitrator or wish to gain a further understanding of the law and practice of arbitration.  Successful candidates will qualify to be Fellows of the Association and eligible for admission to the roll of Fellows from which appointments as arbitrator are made.

The Fellowship Course consists of 2 modules both of which must be passed, together with attendance of the compulsory workshops, in order to qualify for admission as Fellow of the Association.

Qualification for Application

Prospective candidates must be an Associate Member and must have successfully completed the Certificate Course in Arbitration.

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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 Fellowship Course consists of 2 modules:

  • Module 3 – Advanced Law of Contract and Delict; and
  • Module 4 – Advanced Law and Practice of Arbitration.

Candidates may apply to undertake either 1 or both modules to run concurrently.  Module 4 may only be undertaken concurrently with or after completion of Module 3.

Candidates apply online whereafter they will be furnished with course notes.  The course is mostly self-study based and assignments must be submitted at various prescribed dates.  The assignments will be marked by the designated tutor who will also furnish applicable commentary thereafter.

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

Course Syllabus

Module 3

  • Advanced Law of Contract and Delict:  Gives the candidate a more in-depth understanding of the law of contract law and the law of delict.

Module 4

  • Law and Practice of Arbitration (advanced):  Covers the law and practice of arbitration in more detail and includes the principles of the law of evidence, international arbitration practice and the writing of arbitration awards.

Workshops and Seminars

The Fellowship Course is an online correspondence course and, as such, no formal lectures will be presented.  Students are required to attend 3 compulsory online workshops for Module 3; 2 compulsory online workshops for Module 4A (Award Writing); and 2 compulsory online workshops for Module 4B (The Law and Practice of Arbitration, International Arbitration and Evidence), 1 of which is a compulsory two-day workshop.

The course fees include the cost of these workshops.


Examinations will be written online annually during October and November.  The Module 3 examination is closed book.  The Module 4 examination consists of 2 papers, both of which are open book.


The course fees (inclusive of VAT) are:

  • Module 3: R20 000.00;
  • Module 4: R23 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 3 and 4).

Financial Assistance

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


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