AMINZ Associate Programme

Registrations are now open for Semester One and Two of the AMINZ Associate Programme.

The AMINZ Associate programme has been designed to provide a membership pathway for those wishing to become credentialed members of the Institute, and over the course of four semesters provides an excellent general base for understanding the New Zealand constitutional framework and the principles of dispute resolution. Completion of this programme will provide the law and dispute resolution knowledge necessary to meet the AMINZ Associate Requirements.

The AMINZ Associate programme is four semesters in total, with three semesters based entirely online, and the fourth semester taking the form of an interactive multi-day training course focused on either mediation or arbitration. Each of the first three semesters have 10 individual modules, and each module will take approximately four hours to complete. Passing each module and each semester is a prerequisite for completion of the course, as is attendance at the fourth semester multi day-training course. Further information on the programme format and modules can be found in the programme outline HERE.

Semester One

Semester One of the programme will focus on building knowledge of the New Zealand Legal System, and covers a range of topics including the Rule of Law, the Treaty of Waitangi, and Business Structure. 

Registrations for Semester One are now open. Please complete the registration form HERE and return to the AMINZ office at

Semester Two

Semester Two of the programme provides an Introduction to Legal Obligations, and participants will undertake modules such as Contract Law, Contract Legislation and the Law of Negligence. 

Registrations for Semester Two are now open. Please complete the registration form HERE and return to the AMINZ office at

Semester Three

Semester Three introduces participants to Dispute Resolution in New Zealand, and will contain modules focusing on both mediation and arbitration. This Semester is still in development.

Semester Four – the Skills Intensive Programme

For Semester Four of the Associate Programme, participants will complete either the Mediation Skills Intensive programme or the Arbitration Skills Intensive programme, depending on their area of interest in dispute resolution. These multi-day executive programmes teach critical dispute resolution skills in New Zealand.

The Mediation Skills Intensive focuses on the stages of the mediation process, identifying and working with various negotiation styles and methods of facilitating problem-solving. It provides great opportunities to practice these new skills through practical exercises. This course is held several times a year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. Due to Covid-19 while the face to face courses are on hold, an online version of the course is currently in development and will be offered from July 14-19 2020. Numbers for that course are limited to 21.

The Arbitration Skills Intensive brings together top arbitration practitioners, and will be of interest to aspiring arbitrators, lawyers, and other parties involved in arbitration. Attendees undertake a range of informative and practical sessions and workshops that will allow them to engage in an arbitral process confidently and effectively. Please contact for more information on dates and locations.


Each online semester costs $2,875 (incl. GST) and is payable in advance.

For enquiries about the cost of Semester Four and for enrolments, please contact the office at

The AMINZ Associate Requirements can be found HERE.