Postgraduate Diploma in
This programme is designed for surveyors and construction practitioners wishing to act as adjudicators or act for parties in adjudication in construction-related disputes. Focusing on adjudication within the UK construction industry, its carefully structured modules cover both legislation and cases which have reached the courts. You will be supported by experienced practitioner-based tutors and have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals. In addition, the course provides a route to Membership, and then Fellowship, of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
- Understand the principles of adjudication, the most common method of dispute resolution in construction
- Gain a sound knowledge of the law of contract, tort and evidence and an analytical and critical approach to the application of legal principles
- Gain knowledge of the relevant processes required to act as an expert witness or prepare cases going to adjudication
- Become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
If you successfully complete all elements of the programme you will be awarded the CEM Postgraduate Diploma in Adjudication and will be entitled to use the designatory letters PGDipAdj
15 hours of study a week for 40 weeks of each year
3 February 2014
1 March 2014
£1,840 per module x 4 modules
Total course fee: £7,360
At the end of Part 1, after successfully completing the Principles of Adjudication assignments, you can apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. After successfully completing both Part 1 modules you can apply for Membership.
When you have successfully completed the entire course you can apply for Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
You should have one of the following:
- Successfully completed the entry course of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- A degree from a recognised institution of higher education
- Been admitted as a member (other than a student member) of a recognized professional body
- Demonstrable experience suitable to undertake the course
Evidence is required in the form of certificates or statements. You should send photocopies that have been certified by a Member or Fellow of either the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators or RICS. Do not send original documents.
Exemption from the Contract, Tort and Evidence module will be granted if you have:
A degree in law recognised as exempting you from the Common Professional Examinations of the Law Society or the Bar Council
A diploma in law recognised by the Law Society or the Bar Council
A UK Legal Practice Certificate
Exemption from the Principles of Adjudication module will be granted if you have passed the equivalent module with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators or other recognised educational institutions.
If you have equivalent qualifications from non-UK jurisdictions your application will be assessed on an individual basis.
Contract, Tort and Evidence
English legal system - nature and sources of law. Law of contract - formation; contents; discharge; limitation periods; remedies for breach of contract. Law of tort - negligence; nuisance; trespass; occupier's liability and defective premises; defences and remedies. Law of evidence - rules of civil evidence covering admissibility, proof and privilege.
Principles of Adjudication
contractual and statutory adjudication, looking specifically at the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and the Scheme for Construction Contracts Regulations, and jurisdiction and rules of natural justice.
Adjudication Practice and Procedure
builds on the Principles of Adjudication module and introduces practical problems that can arise during the adjudication process.
Drafting and Decision Writing
the various letters and orders an adjudicator will be required to issue; how to analyse evidence presented in a case; how decisions should be presented.
Assessment consists of assignments and examinations in all modules. Drafting and Decision Writing places more emphasis on examinations.
You will complete and submit six assignments a year for assessment according to the timetable of the course.
Examinations are normally held in November and comprise:
- One 2-hour and two 3-hour written papers in Part 1
- One 2-hour, one 3-hour and one 4-hour written paper in Part 2