If, after reviewing this information, you are interested in becoming an arbitrator, apply to our roster today. Unless waived by FINRA at its discretion, arbitrator applicants must have a minimum of five years of paid business and/or professional experience and at least two years of college-level credits.
Note about hearing locations: FINRA assigns each approved arbitrator to one primary hearing location, which is the closest hearing location to an arbitrator’s primary residence. The closest hearing location may be outside of the state of residence.
- Use this link to register in FINRA’s system to start your arbitrator application. You may use the same link to return to and continue your application.
- Complete the arbitrator application and submit it electronically.
- Expect to receive notice of your application status within 60 - 90 days. Dispute Resolution conducts a preliminary review of your completed application before forwarding it to a subcommittee of the National Arbitration and Mediation Committee (NAMC) for final approval.
If the NAMC approves your application, you will receive written notice of your approval and will be ready to start the Basic Arbitrator Training Program.
The online arbitrator application is compatible with the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer 8 and 9
- Firefox 13 and higher
- Google Chrome
Questions on the Application Process
Refer an Arbitrator Candidate
Do you know someone who may be interested in becoming a candidate? Please email their name and contact information to Mara Weinstein.