For almost a century CIArb membership has provided a prestigious qualification demonstrating excellence in ADR.

With around 15,000 members worldwide working in sectors as diverse as finance, construction, oil & gas and agriculture in 133 countries worldwide, we pride ourselves on being a truly global organisation.

Many of our members are active ADR professionals, while others become members for their own personal development, interest or to enhance their careers.

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We offer support to our international membership* through a range of benefits and activities, including:

  • Use of internationally recognised post-nominal letters (ACIArb, MCIArb, FCIArb)
  • Access to a worldwide community of ADR professionals
  • Global networking opportunities
  • Continuing professional development (CPD)
  • News and information including The Resolver Magazine, regular CIArb updates, our members’ forum and a weekly Linex Legal alerter service (worth SGD200)
  • Professional advice and guidance including a dispute resolution advice service and authoritative practice guidelines
  • Access to the latest thinking in ADR, including free subscription to CIArb’s leading quarterly journal, Arbitration (worth over SGD400), academic studies and research, and access to CIArb’s library
  • Access to CIArb Advantage*, a members’ benefits package offering members discounts on everyday products and services including hotels, books and insurance
  • Professional indemnity insurance cover
  • Discounts on CIArb conferences, events, books and other services

With nearly 40 branches worldwide*, we can ensure that all of our members have access to CIArb training and benefits, wherever they are in the world. Most importantly, CIArb’s international reputation and academic rigour provide our members with a powerful mark of quality assurance to help open doors.

*CIArb advantage benefits is designed with UK residents in mind and some benefits may not be suitable or available worldwide.


How to join us?

At CIArb we understand that our members come to us from a wide variety of backgrounds. We therefore offer three different grades of membership (Associate, Member, and Fellow) depending on your particular skills, knowledge and experience. With the help of our world-renowned training scheme, there are many opportunities to upgrade to another level of membership as your ADR experience develops.

Join CIArb today by filling in our online application form or apply for CIArb membership in writing by downloading the application form and sending it to our member services team.

Membership categories

Use our Level Finder  to calculate which level of membership is best for your skills and experience. While you won’t be asked to state which membership level you are applying for when you complete the application form, it is important that you demonstrate enough experience and qualifications for us to find the right level for you. If you need a little more experience before joining, our level finder can help you work out which course you need to complete before applying for CIArb membership as well as which course you should take if you wish to upgrade to a higher level of membership.

We provide more details of each membership category here.

Upgrade and Fast Track

After joining CIArb, upgrading from Associate (ACIArb) to Member (MCIArb), or from Member (MCIArb) to Fellow (FCIArb), can be achieved through the CIArb training pathways, experience or qualifications.

For more information about the CIArb training pathway and qualifications please contact our Secretariat.

Our Level Finder identifies the courses required to upgrade to the next level of membership. Details of all our courses are provided here.

Experienced Practitioner Route 

 This scheme provides experienced arbitrators and construction adjudicators direct entry into CIArb membership at Fellow level.

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Eligibility criteria for Experienced Practitioner Route (EPR)
Applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of the law of obligations and evidence at first degree level or recognised bq. equivalent i.e. CIArb Module 1 (arbitration).
  • Knowledge of the relevant law of arbitration or construction adjudication
  • At least 10 years’ experience in arbitration or construction adjudication
  • Experience of writing directions and final, reasoned awards or decisions

To apply:
Please submit a completed Application form, to the Secretariat by email or by post to Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore), c/o Enterprise Promotion Centres Pte Ltd , 1003 Bukit Merah Central #02-10, Inno.Centre Singapore 159836  together with:

  • A schedule of appointments undertaken in the last 10 years, indicating in which capacity i.e. sole arbitrator, tribunal member, counsel;
  • Copies of at least two pieces of work (see list below) which demonstrate your ability to write the equivalent of a final, reasoned award or decision;
  • Your CV/resumé

List of work recognised

  • Judgment
  • published award
  • published decision
  • contribution to published award
  • contribution to published decision


Membership Fees

 Annual membership subscription rates are based on your membership grade, the country you live in, and for new members, are calculated on a pro-rata basis according to the date you join. Please contact our Secretariat  for further details.