Adjudicators obtain their designation via the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Saskatchewan.
- Adjudicators are required to have 10 years or more experience in the construction industry, or legal experience with construction contract management or construction law.
- Anyone interested in becoming an adjudicator will be asked to complete an adjudicator experience questionnaire detailing their construction experience which will be reviewed by the SCDRO.
Adjudicator Training Program
- Adjudicators are put through a comprehensive four-week online training course, totaling approximately 40 hours in length.
- Adjudicators can expect 30-40 hours of additional studying time.
- Adjudicators must pass module exams and a final examination to become an accredited prompt payment Adjudicator in Saskatchewan.
Ongoing Professional Development
- There are annual continuing professional development requirements that will be tracked, with re-certification required every three years.
Code of Conduct
Adjudicators obtain their designation via the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Institute of Saskatchewan.
The ADR Institute of Saskatchewan uses the ADRIC Code of Conduct for Arbitrators and Adjudicators. Institute members are held accountable to practice standards that include a Mediator’s Code of Conduct and a National Code of Ethics.
In effect, the Institute provides an infrastructure that allows ADR practitioners to be self-regulating professionals.
View the Mediator Model Code of Conduct on ADR Institute of Saskatchewan’s website here.
The training course is $2,695 + GST. Students will also be required to purchase the three required textbooks included on the course registration.
On an as-needed basis. Please contact us if you are interested in inquiring further.
- Students will have the following exams during the course:
- Multiple-choice exam at the end of Module 2;
- 90-minute written exam at the end of Module 3 – Unit 1;
- 90-minute multiple-choice exam at the end of Module 3 – Unit 2; and
- 4-hour practical decision writing examination at the end of the training course.
Yes, all accredited adjudicators will be required annually to be an active full member of the ADR Institute of Saskatchewan ($210 + GST) and have professional liability insurance of a minimum of $1 million, which can be purchased through the ADR Institute of Saskatchewan’s plan with Marsh Canada (approx. $150/yr) or through another insurance provider. Policies outside of the ADR Institute of Saskatchewan will be required to provide proof of insurance.
Adjudicators are not guaranteed a certain number of hours or cases per year. Disputing parties have the choice to select an adjudicator from the Adjudicator directory here. Should the parties not be able to agree on an adjudicator, the SCDRO will appoint an adjudicator based on the details included in the adjudication claim. Hours of work will vary from adjudication to adjudication, based on the complexity of the dispute.
Adjudicators will be paid based on the fee schedule outlined here. Disputes $49,999 and under have a flat adjudication fee, claims above $50,000 are paid at the hourly rates indicated.
No, travel costs are separate from adjudication fees (outlined here). Adjudicators will not be required to travel often, and any travel costs required will be reimbursable by the dispute parties.
There is no guarantee that all accredited adjudicators will earn enough revenue through adjudications to cover their training costs. Having a flexible schedule, a willingness to offer adjudication services across Saskatchewan and work on all levels of adjudication claims will result in a greater chance of being selected for adjudication.
- Yes, an adjudicator can pass on an adjudication assignment, but they must do so within the allotted timeframe. If they accept the assignment, they are agreeing to complete the adjudication process.
- Adjudicators are also required to pass on adjudication assignments due to conflicts of interest.
No, an adjudicator is considered an independent ADR Institute of Saskatchewan practitioner but will be required to sign an agreement with the SCDRO to provide adjudication services.