Gafta Arbitrator exams

Becoming a Gafta Qualified Arbitrator

For candidates wishing to become a Gafta Qualified Arbitrator, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed and passed the Gafta Arbitrator Diploma
  • Have 10+ years’ experience in the grain trade
  • Be a Gafta member or be employed by a Gafta member
  • Not work for a professional law firm (in-house trade lawyers will be considered)

Once they have, they must contact and fill out an application form. The application will then be considered by the Gafta Arbitration Committee.

Becoming a Gafta Qualified Appeal Board Arbitrator

For candidates wishing to become a Gafta Qualified Appeal Board Arbitrator, they must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be a Gafta Qualified Arbitrator
  • They must have served on five first tier tribunals, including at least one as Chair
  • At least one of these arbitration tribunals must have taken place within the preceding 12 months
  • Applicants must have no documented adverse feedback on their performance as an arbitrator
  • To produce their compliant CPD record for the previous 12 months
  • To pass the Appeal Board Exam which will assess their arbitration award-writing skills

Click HERE to view the Appeal Board brochure.

Arranging the Exam

The exam can be taken at Gafta’s London office, or by arrangement, at a Gafta member organisation office.

To arrange your exam, please email and advise us of your preferred month and city in which to take the exam.

Please note: Last-minute requests cannot always be accommodated, particularly if your preferred location is outside of the UK. Candidates who opt to take the exam anywhere other than Gafta London may be charged an administrative fee towards the cost of room hire and/or invigilation. Additional charges will be agreed with candidates in advance. Exams cannot be arranged until the relevant training has been passed.


£300.00 exclusive of VAT