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.

The Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards and Tribunals

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

5 day Consecutive Option

May 10-14, 2021, registration is open

August 23-27, 2021

December 7-10, 2021

You may also consider the non consecutive five-day certificate course, blended online and in-person:

The Certificate in Adjudication (Blended Online)

January 25, February 8, March 1, 2021 Asynchronous

March 25 & 26, 2021 Interactive Live


September 20, October 4, October 25, 2021 Asynchronous

November 25 & 26, 2021 Interactive Live


Register or be placed on the waitlist through Osgoode Professional Development website

LOCATION: Online, until further notice

PRICE: $3095.00 plus HST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN through Osgoode PD.

The Advanced Certificate in Adjudication

 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.


Advanced Certificate in Adjudication September 29 - November 24, 2021

Modules in Advanced Certificate in Adjudication, including:

Mediation for Adjudicators September 29, 2021

Managing Evidentiary Challenges October 13, 2021

Culturally Competent Adjudication October 27, 2021

Advanced Administrative and Regulatory Decision Making November 10, 2021

Effective Communication in the Hearing Room November 24, 2021

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.


Effective Hearing Management, April 12, 2021 postponed to 2022 ($695.00 plus HST)

Decision Writing Modules 2021

Effective Decision Writing for Administrative Adjudicators, March 11, 2021 (sold out, register for waitlist)

$695 plus HST per delegate

Delivered by and for members of the administrative justice community, this powerful one-day workshop is a mix of interactive, skills and knowledge-based training.

Alongside one of Canada’s recognized leaders in Decision Writing, Pamela Chapman, a group of expert facilitators from the administrative justice community will lead small group discussions and provide individualized feedback.  You will engage in practical writing exercises, and learn:

  • The key components of clear, concise, well-reasoned decisions
  • Core writing principles, including context and point-first writing
  • Strategies for drafting effective introductions
  • Powerful tips on decision structure and issue-driven organization
  • Recent developments in the duty to give reason

Advanced Decision Writing, April 29 and 30, 2021

$1295 plus HST per delegate 

This intensive, two-day program builds on principles and skills learned in previous decision writing training programs delivered by SOAR and/or OsgoodePD.  This hands-on program takes a deep dive into key areas of written judgments and will strengthen your decision-writing skills through individualized feedback on your own writing style and voice. It also provides an opportunity to engage with other experienced adjudicators and explore evolving ideas about what makes writing “great”.

NOTE:  This program requires PRE-PROGRAM PREPARATION

Participants will be asked to submit electronically a decision they have written (8 to 15 pages in length, featuring more than one issue).

Facilitators will review the decision, using a template of the key learning objectives, in order to provide feedback to each participant, and to help participants prepare to revise the decision during the course.

In the workshops, participants will mostly be working on revisions to the decision they submit. For that reason, they are strongly encouraged to bring their submitted decision on a laptop or tablet they can use to make revisions during the sessions.

They are also asked to bring one copy of their decision printed out, for use during the first exercise on Day 1


Program Director - Pamela Chapman, Educator/Mediator/Arbitrator

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

Heather Gore, Program Lawyer