Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is a short course?

Governance Institute's short courses offer practical knowledge and skills across a wide range of governance, risk management and not-for-profit topics that can be readily applied in your workplace.

What short course options are there?

You may choose to enrol in a single course as a stand-alone session to meet your current learning needs, or you may choose to enrol in the required number of courses for a Governance Institute Certificate.

Here are some examples to assist you in choosing course options:

  • If, in your current role, you have been given extra responsibility for complying with legislation and regulations, the Accidental Company Secretary® course will give you an understanding of the core duties of an 'officer' of an organisation.
  • If your role has risk management responsibilities, our course Assessing, Analysing and Treating Risk will help you gain insight into how to analyse risk within your organisation's regulatory and operational framework.

Where can I register for a short course?

You can register for a short course online at any time during the year. View the timetable in Calendar of events & short courses for a face-to-face tutorial in your state or an online short course.

How do I access my course materials?

Following payment of the course, we will provide you with a downloadable soft copy of the materials from our Online Learning Centre.

Please note: in face-to-face mode, hard copy materials will not be available on the day of the short course.

Where are face-to-face tutorials held?

The courses are held in Governance Institute offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and at other convenient CBD locations in Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

Is there an assessment component for a short course?

Yes. Each short course has an online multiple choice exam. For your course to be credited towards a Certificate, you are required to pass the exam. The online multiple choice exam takes approximately one hour to complete. See the Assessment rules page for further information.

How long do I have to complete a course exam?

You have 21 days to complete a course exam. This starts on the day of your first face-to-face tutorial, or with online study the day you register in an online course. A fee of $85 will be applied to course extension requests.

How do I view my study progress?

To view your course and Certificates registrations and exam marks, go to Certificate Academic record from My Governance Institute.

Do I need any qualifications or experience to enrol in Certificates?

No. As Certificates are open-entry, there are no educational or experience prerequisites for enrolment.

How long do I have to complete a Certificate?

To graduate with a Governance Institute Certificate, you must complete and pass the online multiple choice exam for each of the six courses within the same 12-month period. This 12-month period commences when you pass your first course exam.

Will I be eligible for membership of Governance Institute?

Yes. Completion of a Certificate entitles you to apply for an Affiliate membership of Governance Institute of Australia.

The Affiliate membership postnominal, GIA(Cert), is recognised nationally as a demonstration of your commitment to your ongoing professional development and the practice of good governance.

Is my Certificate qualification recognised when I enrol in a second Certificate?

Yes. You have a maximum of two exempt courses which are credited to the second Certificate. The exempt courses have a life span of 12 months.

Is my Certificate qualification recognised if I enrol in Governance Institute's postgraduate courses?

Certificates are not treated as recognised prior learning if you choose to undertake Governance Institute's postgraduate courses.

If I have completed a CPA (or other external professional qualification) can I receive any exemptions for a Certificate?

No. Any prior external learning is not recognised in the completion of a Governance Institute Certificate.