Adjudication accreditation in Australia
Our adjudicator accreditation system contributes to delivering high standards of adjudication practice and quality determinations in the building and construction industry.
Accredited adjudicators are eligible to be nominated for adjudication work by Resolution Institute in the jurisdictions that it has authority to nominate or appoint adjudicators. The Policy on the Accreditation and Register of Adjudicators governs how to become an accredited adjudicator and join the Register of Adjudicators.
Claimants who have a dispute over payment in the building and construction industry in Australia (except Queensland), may lodge an adjudication application with an Authorised Nominating Authority (ANA) or Prescribed Appointer, such as Resolution Institute. We have formed panels from our Register of Adjudicators for each state jurisdiction and nominate or appoint adjudicators to determine disputes from these panels as required.
In Queensland, applicants lodge their dispute directly with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.
To become an accredited adjudicator you must be a member of Resolution Institute and must have the knowledge, experience, reputation, personal quality and qualifications necessary and desirable to be held out as an adjudicator accredited by Resolution Institute. The specific criteria against which applications for accreditation are assessed are outlined in the assessment form below. To apply for accreditation, fill out the form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To maintain your accreditation as an adjudicator, you must meet the specific requirements of the Policy on the Accreditation and Register of Adjudicators. This includes maintaining your membership of Resolution Institute, meeting CPD requirements and meeting masterclass requirements.
To maintain your accreditation as an adjudicator, you must complete one masterclass every three year review period. We aim to hold a masterclass in each jurisdiction every two years. Details of upcoming adjudication masterclasses will be emailed to the Register of Adjudicators.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme
All accredited adjudicators must undertake at least 75 hours of eligible training every three years, with a target to complete 25 hours each year. This is to ensure that adjudicators provide the best quality service to the public.
Aims of the CPD scheme
The CPD scheme aims to:
- Engage members in a range of high quality professional development activities, with credit given for the level of participation in these activities.
- Achieve and maintain high standards of professional competence and ethical behaviour.
- Demonstrate to courts and the community that Resolution Institute is committed to the accountability of its members, in requiring them to undertake continuing professional development activities which keep their expertise current and which are of benefit both to the members and the community at large.
- Promote public perception of Resolution Institute and its members as proponents of high standards of professional excellence in the resolution of disputes.
Eligible activities and weighting of activities
Eligible CPD activities are training activities concerned with the practice of alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, adjudication, mediation, expert determination and conciliation.
Activity Rating Limit per annum
Resolution Institute conferences, masterclasses, seminars, workshops, forums, discussion evenings and other educational activities conducted by the Professional Development Groups. Each activity will be given a CPD rating depending on the time involved and level of participation required of participants.
2 CPD points per contact hour for masterclasses, workshops and activities conducted by Resolution Institute requiring active participation.
1 CPD point per contact hour for other activities conducted by Resolution Institute.
Conferences, courses and seminars conducted by other professional bodies and approved by Resolution Institute for CPD purposes.
Each activity will be given a CPD rating depending on the time involved and level of participation required of participants, based on evidence submitted by participants. 8 hours
Satisfactory completion of undergraduate or postgraduate courses at a recognised tertiary institution, or other provider approved by Resolution Institute in advance.
1 hour per contact hour
5 hours for undergraduate courses
8 hours for postgraduate courses
Lecturing or tutoring in undergraduate or postgraduate courses at a recognised tertiary institution (including tutoring in the National Professional Certificate course), or other provider approved by Resolution Institute in advance.
3 hours per contact hour 8 hours
Presentation of original written material at Resolution Institute CPD events, or other conferences, seminars and courses approved by Resolution Institute for CPD purposes.
10 hours per contact hour No limit
Published papers and articles.
Each activity will be given a CPD rating (consistent with presentations above)
Professional practice (including writing awards and pupil training) as an arbitrator, mediator or other dispute resolution practitioner, or legal practice in arbitration or dispute resolution.
1 hour per hour actually spent 12.5 hours
1 hour per hour actually spent 8 hours
Reading time spent on professional journals, articles and other publications in the area of arbitration and/or dispute resolution.
1 hour per 3 hours actually spent
4 hours for members within 150km of a capital city
8 hours for members beyond 150km of a capital city
Amended 13 April 2002
Other activities as approved Resolution Institute
As determined by the Resolution Institute As determined by Resolution Institute
Resolution Institute will monitor the performance of the CPD scheme and make recommendations to the Board from time to time on any adjustments to the scheme (including the scope and weighting of eligible activities) which it considers are appropriate in the circumstances.
Failure to meet CPD scheme requirements
Unless otherwise excused from compliance on sufficient cause being shown, if a graded arbitrator or accredited adjudicator has failed to complete the required number of hours of eligible activities within the relevant calendar year or triennium, then she or he shall abide by the requirements of Resolution Institute to make up any shortfall.
Resolution Institute is the membership body incorporating the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators (IAMA) and LEADR. Resolution Institute performs the functions previously offered by those organisations. Resolution Institute has adopted this scheme at integration on 1 January 2015, previously adopted by the Council of IAMA on 15 November 2007 for use by members seeking or renewing grading, regrading or accreditation.