Arbitrator and Umpire Certification Requirements

(If you have questions about these requirements, please direct them to the Certification at Certification@arias-us.org.)

ARIAS•U.S. Arbitrator Certification Requirements

(Effective January 1, 2009)

To become an ARIAS•U.S. Certified Arbitrator, a candidate must be either an individual member or designated corporate representative in good standing of ARIAS•U.S. and satisfy each of the following five components.

(1) Conference Component

(2) Industry Experience Component

(3) Arbitration Experience/Knowledge Component

Option A

OR Option B

OR Option C

(4) Ethics Component

(Note: The Ethics Training Course is based on the ARIAS•U.S. Code of Conduct in effect at the time of the application. The format and content of the training is determined by the Education Committee. The current Ethics Training Course is available here on the website.

(5) Recommendation Component

(Note: The ARIAS•U.S. Certification Committee will review each application to become a Certified Arbitrator, determine appropriate means, if any, to verify the information in the application, and provide a recommendation to the ARIAS•U.S. Board of Directors. The ARIAS•U.S. Board of Directors will exercise its authority and discretion to determine whether to grant any application to become a Certified Arbitrator.)

ARIAS•U.S. Umpire Certification Requirements

To become an ARIAS•U.S. Certified Umpire, a candidate must satisfy each of the following requirements: (1) Be an ARIAS•U.S. Certified Arbitrator under the new requirements and maintain Certified Arbitrator status; (2) Participate as an arbitrator or umpire in five (5) or more insurance or reinsurance arbitrations, each through to final award after completion of an evidentiary hearing of at least three (3) full days on the substantive merits of the parties’ dispute; (3) Have completed at least one (1) of the five (5) arbitrations described in the preceding sentence within five (5) years prior to applying for umpire certification; AND (4) Submit an application to become a Certified Umpire. (Note: The ARIAS•U.S. Certification Committee will review each application, determine appropriate means, if any, to verify the information in the application, and provide a recommendation to the ARIAS•U.S. Board of Directors. The ARIAS•U.S. Board of Directors will exercise its authority and discretion to determine whether to grant any application to become a Certified Umpire.)

Certification of Previously Certified Arbitrators under the New Requirements

Effective June 15, 2010, the new requirements for certification will apply to all arbitrators. Arbitrators who previously held certified status must satisfy all of the new requirements for arbitrator certification except for the Recommendation Component, which does not need to be repeated unless more than two years have elapsed since the previous certification. The application for existing, certified arbitrators to obtain certification under the new requirements is the same as the application used by new candidates and is available here on the website. A previously certified arbitrator who wished to remain certified after June 15, 2010 was required to submit a completed application by June 1, 2010 so that the Certification Committee could review the application and make a timely recommendation to the Board of Directors.

“Grandfathering”

Renewing Certified Arbitrator and Umpire Status as of December 31, 2010 and Thereafter

Commencing with certifications that were scheduled to expire on or after December 31, 2010, renewals generally are issued for two-year terms. To renew Certified Arbitrator status as of December 31, 2010 and thereafter, an arbitrator must be a current member of ARIAS•U.S. and satisfy the following additional requirements within the two years preceding the date of renewal: (1) Attendance at one ARIAS•U.S. conference; (2) Completion of an online Ethics refresher; AND (3) Completion of an ARIAS•U.S. educational seminar, three ARIAS•U.S. webinars in 2014, or service as faculty member at an ARIAS•U.S. conference, intensive workshop, or training session. To renew Certified Umpire status on or after December 31, 2010, one must maintain Certified Arbitrator status as described above.

Effective Dates

Applications and Sponsor Questionnaires

Instructions, FAQs, the sponsor questionnaire form, and applications for arbitrator and umpire certification are available in this Arbitrator and Umpire Certification Procedure section of the website.

Arbitrator Information on the Website

To afford Certified Arbitrators a better opportunity to display and emphasize their qualifications and experience to arbitration consumers, the ARIAS•U.S. arbitrator biography page was redesigned in 2008 to provide much more detailed information about Certified Arbitrators. An arbitrator data entry system is online that allows arbitrators to modify their profiles at any time. Older profiles will continue to be shown with an asterisk after the name. These profiles are not connected to any search system. The new profiles are shown with no asterisk on the list of arbitrator names and are integrated into the Arbitrator, Umpire, and Mediator Search. They contain:

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