Certificate overview

The Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits is designed to address the learning needs of a wide range of professionals with varying levels of governance responsibilities in the NFP sector. Designed and taught by experts in the intricate area of governance for NFPs, you’ll leave confident in your ability to support good governance practices in your NFP.

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Upcoming courses
Date Study mode Location  
27 February - 7 March Virtual (Part-time) Virtual Zoom REGISTER NOW
6-8 August Face-to-face WA  
20-22 August Face-to-face QLD  
20-22 August Face-to-face NSW  
27-29 August Face-to-face VIC  
8-17 October Virtual (Part-time) Virtual Zoom  
Certificate structure

Combine six short courses (core and elective subjects) to complete a Certificate — the gateway to membership with Governance Institute and industry-recognised postnominals GIA(Affiliated).

Our Certificates include a mix of six compulsory and elective short courses. You can complete these courses online, face-to-face or virtually. They are open entry with no prior qualification required.

This Certificate allows students to complete the following core and elective online courses:

Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits
Study hours: 30  CPD: 30
Compulsory courses Electives (choose 2)

Governance Essentials

Not-for-Profit Officers, Directors and the Board

Not-for-Profit Regulatory Compliance

Not-for-Profit Financial Management

See our complete suite of short courses for more electives.

If you complete a face-to-face or virtual Certificate, you have the option to do this via our intensive mode (six short courses across three consecutive days or across three weeks). Please note: when registering for intensive mode, electives will be selected for you, these electives can be changed subject to availability, excluding Certificates purchased as part of a sale or promotion.

Please contact sales@governanceinstitute.com.au or call 1800 251 849 if you have any questions about how best to structure your Certificate, which short course is best suited for you or how to change your electives.

To graduate from a Certificate, you must complete and pass the online multiple choice exams for each of the six short courses required for your Certificate, within a 12-month period.

When studying online, your 30-day access to the course recordings and subject materials starts on the day you pay for the short course.

If you don’t need the full Certificate, you can register for the short courses that suit your needs.

What's included

The Certificate fee includes the short courses scheduled above and:

  • a downloadable soft copy of the course materials prior to each short course
  • an online, 20 question multiple choice exam for each course
  • a vocational qualification in your chosen area of study
  • practical knowledge and skills that you can readily apply in the work place

Access to the course materials and exams is available for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Certificate fees

Register for a Governance Institute Certificate and save. The cost of a certificate is the combined cost of the six courses with a 5% discount on face-to-face or virtual and 10% discount online.

NFPs with less than $10 million turnover get an extra 10% off the Certificate price. Please contact sales@governanceinstitute.com.au with an ACNC Statement or letter from your employer with Annual Report as evidence to claim the extra discount.


  Face-to-face or Virtual Online
Member $2,860 $2,710
Paid Subscriber $3,390 $3,160
Non-Member $3,620 $3,375
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