Taught course

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning · Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following: A bachelor’s degree.

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

From resolving labour grievances and employment-standard complaints to representing clients in the civil justice system and pursuing no-fault automobile insurance benefits, our well-rounded Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) graduate certificate program benefits employees wanting to be better conflict resolution facilitators, as well as agents representing parties in mediation and arbitration.

With a core curriculum spanning insurance law, labour law, family law, commercial law, system design and community mediation, the program uses intensive workshop training to teach the core principles of negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Applying these principles, participants learn to resolve disputes between individuals, businesses, insured and insurers, individuals and government agencies, and within families.

It is an ideal program for recent university graduates wanting to enhance their academic credentials, as well as those currently employed in areas such as law, human resources, health care, education, social work, real estate and insurance.

The program is offered over two semesters (Fall and Winter) and (Winter and Summer), with approximately 18 hours of class time per week over 15 weeks each semester. Students also gain practical experience through a mandatory four-week placement (160 hours) and through the opportunity to apply the theory and skills they’ve learned at the on-campus Dispute Resolution Clinic. The placement component of the program typically takes place in the third semester after completion of the academic portion.

The program is approved by the ADR Institute of Ontario, Inc. (ADRIO). Graduates may wish to gain membership in ADRIO by completing the necessary application form and paying the appropriate fee directly to the institute.

Qualification and course duration


full time
8 months

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