Getting Your Certification

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You must be a member arbitrator to participate in AF's certification program and may only attain a certification in the forum(s) in which you will hear cases. If you are not currently a member arbitrator and are interested in becoming one, follow the instructions for becoming an arbitrator.

Certification is mandatory for all Special, Uninsured Motorists', and Property arbitrators. A voluntary certification program exists for all new and current Auto and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) arbitrators.

There are three components to all of AF's certification programs (except the Auto Forum):

  1. Rules, Agreements, and Claims Knowledge Exam — 25 questions on general claims principles related to the selected forum
  2. Forum Certification Exam — 25 questions on the applicable forum's Agreement and Rules
  3. Simulations — three cases that you will review and render decisions

The Auto Forum certification program consists of one 25-question exam; the Auto Rules, Agreement, and Claim Knowledge exam; and three case simulations.

Upon successful completion of all three components in your chosen track(s), you will receive the appropriate designation(s).

Certification Forum Designation
Auto Certified Auto Subrogation Arbitrator (CASA)
Property Certified Property Subrogation Arbitrator (CPSA)
Special AL Certified Special Arbitrator Auto Liability (CSAA)
Special GL Certified Special Arbitrator General Liability (CSAG)
PIP Certified PIP Subrogation Arbitrator (CISA)
UM Certified Uninsured Motorists Arbitrator (CUMA)

Forum-Specific Certification Information

Select the program in which you want to become certified:

Automobile Subrogation Forum Certification

To become a certified Automobile Subrogation Arbitrator, you are required to complete an Arbitrator Profile Form. Upon receipt and confirmation of qualifications, you will complete the Automobile Rules, Agreement, Claim Knowledge exam (ARACK), three case simulations, and the Writing Quality Decisions training Webinar.

Property Subrogation Forum Certification

To become a certified Property Subrogation Arbitrator, complete an Arbitrator Profile Form. Upon our receipt and confirmation of qualifications, you will complete the Property Subrogation Agreement and Rules exam, the Claims Knowledge exam, three case simulations, and the Writing Quality Decisions training Webinar.

Special Arbitration Certification

To become a Certified Special Arbitrator, complete an Arbitrator Profile Form. Upon our receipt and confirmation of qualifications, you will complete the Special Arbitration Agreement and Rules examination, either the Auto Liability Claims Knowledge exam or General Liability Claims Knowledge exam, three case simulations, and the Writing Quality Decisions Special training Webinar.

Uninsured Motorists’ Certification

To become a Certified Uninsured Motorist' (UM) Arbitrator, you must become or currently be a Certified Special Arbitrator Auto Liability (CSAA). You may then complete an Arbitrator Profile Form. Upon our receipt and confirmation of qualifications, you will complete the UM Agreement and Rules exam.

PIP Certification

To become a certified PIP Arbitrator (excludes NY PIP), complete an Arbitrator Profile Form. Upon receipt and confirmation of qualifications, you will complete the PIP Agreement and Rules exam, the Auto Claims Knowledge exam, three case simulations, and the Writing Quality Decisions training Webinar.