SOAR/Osgoode PD Certificate in Adjudication

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This five-day intensive training program for adjudicators is the first collaboration between the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode Professional Development of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. The program brings together SOAR’s peer-driven model of adjudicative education and Osgoode’s leadership in legal education to set a new standard for the delivery of education and training for administrative adjudicators in Ontario and beyond.

The Certificate Program in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals is an introductory program, which will meet the needs of relatively recent appointees to obtain a solid grounding in the goals and principles of the administrative justice system, while learning and practising practical adjudication skills. It will also provide an opportunity for more senior adjudicators to review best practices and explore evolving issues in adjudication. This program builds on the successes of the Adjudicator Training Course (ATC) offered by SOAR for many years, which has prepared hundreds of professionals to provide adjudicative services at a wide range of agencies, boards and tribunals.

The teaching and learning will be interactive and hands-on, with course registrants working with fact scenarios, problems and demonstrations to learn how to meet the legal requirements of administrative adjudication, while also offering efficient and effective public service. Participants will complete a decision-writing exercise, and the program will be capped off with a mock adjudication, enabling registrants to apply what they have learned during the week, while obtaining valuable individual feedback from recognized experts in this field.Completion of this program will prepare participants for the unique challenges of administrative adjudication, will build confidence, and will strengthen participants’ capacity to contribute effectively to their organizations.

Key Benefits

Acquire an understanding of the key principles of administrative law
Learn how to run a hearing - from start to finish
Review the legal and practical requirements for administrative decisions
Explore the evolving challenges faced by administrative adjudicators
Discuss common challenges, and successful strategies, with 
other adjudicators
Gain insight from experienced adjudicators and leaders in 
administrative justice

Plus! You will be able to apply and test your skills through a mock adjudication and practice decision-writing in a guided exercise.


You may also consider the non consecutive five-day certificate course in 2020

Jan 27, Feb 10 and 24, Mar 12, April 1 2020 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

May 6-10, 2019, SOLD OUT!  9:00am-4:00pm

August 19-23, 2019 - SOLD OUT! check OPD website for registration information

December 9-13, 2019 - check OPD website for registration information

Register through Osgoode Professional Development website

LOCATION: Downtown Toronto

PRICE: $2995 plus HST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN through Osgoode PD.


 A joint program of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode Professional Development – the creators of acclaimed Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals – the Advanced Certificate in Adjudication will take your skills to the next level. The Advanced Certificate is designed to cover in-depth the key areas that experienced tribunal adjudicators have identified as essential to their professional development.

You must complete 5 full days within 2 years to earn the Advanced Certificate. The modular design of the Certificate – a mix of mandatory and elective modules – allows you to customize your learning and take programs in the precise areas that you need to develop.

Advanced Modules: 

Managing Evidentiary Challenges January 28, 2019
Advanced Decision Writing April 25, 26, 2019

'NEW' Advanced 5 day Certificate in Adjudication- Fast Track Option- September 23-27, 2019 (Modules can also be taken separately)

    Mediation for Adjudicators – September 23

    Managing Evidentiary Challenges – September 24

    Effective Communication in the Hearing Room – September 25

    Advanced Administrative and Regulatory Decision Making – September 26

    Culturally Competent Adjudication – September 27

For more information on each of the Advanced modules, and to register, click here

Program Director - Pamela Chapman, Educator/Mediator/Arbitrator

Co-Chairs - Victoria Watkins, Osgoode PD and Heather Gibbs, SOAR President

Heather Gore, Program Lawyer