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Accredited Adjudicators & Graded Arbitrators

Resolution Institute's grading and accreditation scheme requires all graded arbitrators and accredited adjudicators to undertake at least 75 hours of training every three years. This scheme has been set up to ensure that we provide the best quality service to members of the public. The policy is reproduced below.

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  • Background

    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 for use by members seeking or renewing grading, regrading or accreditation. This Scheme is identical in terms to the IAMA Scheme adopted on 15 November 2007, save for relevant name changes and the removal of mediation (replaced by the NMAS accreditation standards). This Introduction paragraph has also been amended.

  • Aims of the CPD Scheme
    1. Participation by members in a range of high quality professional development activities, with credit given for the level of participation in these activities.
    2. Achieving and maintaining high standards of professional competence and ethical behaviour.
    3. Demonstrating 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.
    4. To promote public perception of Resolution Institute and its members as proponents of high standards of professional excellence in the resolution of disputes.
  • Recommendations on Requirements for Mandatory CPD
    1. There should be a mandatory requirement for graded arbitrators and accredited adjudicators, to complete 75 hours of eligible activities per triennium, with a target of 25 hours per annum (see Section D below for eligible activities etc).
    2. There should be a mandatory requirement for applicants for re-grading as arbitrators to complete 25 hours of eligible activities in the year preceding the application.
    3. The details of the CPD program shall be determined by the Education & Professional Development Committee, which will administer the program nationally.
    4. Compliance with the CPD requirements will be administered by the Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee.
    5. Fellows, Professional and Associate members who are not graded arbitrators and accredited adjudicators generally should be encouraged to undertake CPD, however there is no mandatory requirement for these persons.
  • Eligible Activities and Weighting of Activities

    The ’eligible activities’ for the CPD Scheme are those concerned with the practice of non-curial dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, expert determination, conciliation and Court references.

    Activity Rating Limit per annum

    Institute Conferences, Master Classes, Seminars, Workshops, Forums, Discussion Evenings and other educational activities conducted by the Chapters. Each activity will be given a CPD rating by the Education & Professional Development Committee depending on the time involved and level of participation required of participants.

    2 CPD Points/contact hour for Master Classes, Workshops and activities conducted by Resolution Institute requiring active participation.

    1 CPD Point per contact hour for other activities conducted by Resolution Institute.

    No limit

    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 by the Education & Professional Development Committee 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 / 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 / contact hour 8 hours

    Presentation of original written material at Resolution Institute CPD activities, or other conferences, seminars and courses approved by Resolution Institute for CPD purposes.

    10 hours / contact hour No limit

    Published papers and articles.

    As determined by the Education & Professional Development Committee (consistent with (d) above) No limit

    Professional practice (including writing awards and pupil training) as an arbitrator, mediator or other ADR practitioner, or legal practice in arbitration or ADR.

    1 hour / hour actually spent 12.5 hours

    Approved pupillage

    1 hour / hour actually spent 8 hours

    Reading time spent on professional journals, articles and other publications in the area of arbitration and/or ADR.

    1 hour / 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 by the Education & Professional Development Committee

    As determined by the Education & Professional Development Committee As determined by the Education & Professional Development Committee

    The Education & Professional Development Committee 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.

  • Compliance with CPD Requirements
    1. The CPD Scheme will be administered as a self-monitoring program, with a statement of the eligible hours claimed to be submitted as follows:
      1. by graded arbitrators and accredited adjudicators - on or before 31 March each year, for the preceding calendar year ending 31 December;
      2. by applicants for re-grading as arbitrators or for accreditation as an adjudicator - with the application, for the 12 months immediately preceding the application.
    2. Each year, the Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee will audit a proportion of returns submitted by graded arbitrators and accredited adjudicators, and require verification of the information contained in the return.
    3. The Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee may require verification of the information contained in returns submitted by applicants for re-grading as arbitrators or for accreditation as an adjudicator.
    4. Unless otherwise determined by the Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee, the records required for verification shall be as follows:
      1. Attendance at Resolution Institute Conferences, Master Classes, Seminars, Workshops, Forums, Discussion Evenings and other educational activities conducted by the Chapters - evidence of attendance (eg. letter, receipt etc).
      2. Attendance at conferences, courses and seminars conducted by other professional bodies and approved by Resolution Institute for CPD purposes - a copy of the program (showing the type of activity) together with evidence of attendance (eg. letter, receipt etc).
      3. Undergraduate or postgraduate courses - a copy of the timetable and evidence of satisfactory completion from the tertiary institution.
      4. Lecturing or tutoring in undergraduate or postgraduate courses - a copy of the timetable, letter from the tertiary institution etc.
      5. Presentation of original written material, published papers and articles etc - submission of a copy thereof.
      6. Professional practice (including pupil training) as an arbitrator, mediator or other ADR practitioner, or legal practice in arbitration or ADR - details of the date
      7. the activities were undertaken, the hours spent and the capacity in which the activities were undertaken.
      8. Approved pupillage - a letter from the pupillage supervisor or mentor specifying the date(s) the activities were undertaken and the hours spent.
      9. Membership of the Board, a committee or working group of the Board, or of a local Chapter, dealing with substantive issues in the practice or arbitration and ADR - certification by the Resolution Institute Chair or Chapter Chair.
      10. Details of location of member, professional journals, articles and other publications read in the area of arbitration and/or ADR, and amount of time spent.
  • Failure to Meet CPD Scheme Requirements
    1. Unless otherwise excused from compliance by the Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee 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 the Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee to make up any shortfall.
    2. If:
      1. A graded arbitrator or accredited adjudicator fails to submit a statement of eligible hours for the preceding year by 31 March (or such extended date as determined by the Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee); or
      2. The Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee determines that a graded arbitrator or accredited adjudicator has failed to complete 75 hours of eligible activities per triennium,
      then the Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee shall send written notification to that person requiring that person to show cause within 28 days of the notice why he or she should not be removed from (or re-graded in) the Register of Practising Arbitrators and/or removed from the Panel of Accredited Adjudicators.
    3. Thereafter, the Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee shall determine whether that person should be removed from (or re-graded in) the Register of Practising Arbitrators and/or removed from the Panel of Accredited Adjudicators, or whether some other action should be taken, and shall advise the Board and that person accordingly as soon as reasonably practicable. Any such determination by the Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee shall be subject to appeal to the Board.
    4. The Ethics & Professional Affairs Committee 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 number of hours of eligible activities to be completed) which it considers are appropriate in the circumstances.