How to become a certified arbitrator

Arbitrators are professionals who help parties resolve their disputes outside of court. Certified arbitrators, who are neutral third parties in these disputes, listen to each party's case and help them reach an agreement. The arbitrator then prepares a written decision and agreement, by which the parties are legally bound.

Research your state's regulations regarding arbitrators. Each state establishes its own rules regarding who may work as an arbitrator. While some states require arbitrators to be attorneys or law school graduates, other jurisdictions allow anyone with a college degree to become certified in arbitration.

Compile documentation of your education and any arbitration experience you have. Before you begin training to become a certified arbitrator, you may be asked to provide college transcripts to verify your credentials. Additionally, if you have worked in arbitration or mediation in another state, that experience may be transferable, but you will need to show written proof from that state's supreme court or board of bar examiners that attests to your previous work.

Complete the necessary coursework. Most states require that you complete specialised training in order to become a certified arbitrator. There is usually a fee for this training, and it generally takes between three and five days to complete.

Work under a certified arbitrator to gain the necessary experience. After you have completed your state's arbitration training, you will likely need to observe arbitration sessions and then complete several on your own under the supervision of another certified professional arbitrator.

Submit all your documentation to the governing body. To apply for final certification, you will need to show proof that you completed your arbitration coursework and have worked with a certified professional to gain experience in the field. You may also be asked to submit to a criminal background check to show you are of good moral character.

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Anna Green has been published in the "Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision" and has been featured regularly in "Counseling News and Notes," Keys Weekly newspapers, "Travel Host Magazine" and "Travel South." After earning degrees in political science and English, she attended law school, then earned her master's of science in mental health counseling. She is the founder of a nonprofit mental health group and personal coaching service.

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