Cardiff University Bond Solon (CUBS) Expert Witness Certificates

Established in 2002, the CUBS Certificate is widely regarded as the gold standard for those who act as expert witnesses in England and Wales.

Holding this unique certificate demonstrates to both instructing parties and the courts that you have been trained and assessed to have the core and requisite competencies to act as an expert witness.

There are three certificates to choose from, with the option to complete multiple certificates where applicable:

  • Civil Expert Witness Certificate
  • Criminal Expert Witness Certificate
  • Family Expert Witness Certificate

CUBS is a valuable marketing tool to promote your expert witness practice. Upon successful completion, certificate holders can join the National Register of University Certificated Expert Witnesses for free.

To date, over 2,500 experts across various professions have completed or are undertaking one of our university certificates.

Certificate Details

  • Training days: 5 days training
  • Assessments: 3 assessments, 2 of which are completed on course
  • Public certification format: Virtual
  • In-house certification format: Virtual or face-to-face for a group of experts
  • Suitable for: New and practising experts
  • Cost: £2,295 + VAT if the days are booked separately | £2,065 + VAT if the days are booked together (fees includes the £499 + VAT marking and certification fee)

Please call 020 7549 2549 or email to discuss or book an in-house course.


Candidates are required to complete the following compulsory training courses:

They can then work toward one or more of the certificates by completing the relevant Law and Procedure course:

Assessment Process

CUBS is assessed in three parts. Whilst all assessments must be completed within two-years, most candidates finish them in a much shorter period of time:

  1. Assessment of your expert witness report 
    The candidate’s expert witness report can be submitted to Cardiff University at any time during the two-year period. The report must be submitted in court-ready condition including any photographs, plans etc. 
  2. Review of your performance under cross-examination
    An audio-visual recording of the candidate’s performance will be made during the Cross-Examination Day and submitted to Cardiff for marking. 
  3. Multiple choice examination on law and procedure
    A multiple-choice examination is sat at the end of the Law and Procedure day and submitted to Cardiff for marking.

Provided that a pass is reached in all three assessments, the candidate will be awarded the Civil, Criminal or Family Cardiff University Bond Solon (CUBS) Expert Witness Certificate. They will also be provided with the certificate logo and specific wording, which can be used to publicise their achievement.

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"I am always surprised and in admiration of how Bond Solon bring together such a diverse group of professionals and manage to make the entire day useful and relevant. Many thanks."

Dr Sharon Pope

Clinical Psychologist

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"Particularly useful were the opportunities to review real cases and get constructive feedback from the trainer. I will have no hesitation to recommend Bond Solon to anyone who should ask in the future."

Christine Webb

Modern Matron, Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS, Foundation Trusty

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"I attended Bond Solon Excellence in Report Writing and Courtroom Skills training and, having recently given evidence in the High Court, I would recommend the training to all those who provide written and oral evidence in a professional capacity. The trainer was excellent and the skills learnt were invaluable when being cross-examined."

Dr Jane Hood

Consultant Paediatric, Neuropsychologist