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Certificate in Company Secretary Essentials

Certificate overview

This Certificate examines governance responsibilities for Company Secretaries across all organisation types.

For those assisting, newly appointed, or aspiring to the role of Company Secretary, this Certificate unpacks the essential duties and responsibilities of the role and provides practical guidance and tools for the key functions related to board reporting and boardroom governance. This qualification is designed to support good governance practices for the Company Secretary.

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 Company Secretary Essentials

Study hours: 30  CPD: 30

Compulsory courses Electives (choose 2)
Accidental Company Secretary®
Minutes for Boards and Committees
Board Papers for Boards and Committees
Meetings, Minutes and Resolutions
Cyber Security Risk
Ethics Culture and Governance
You can choose other electives to suit your learning needs. Please see our full list of short courses here.

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 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.

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

What is 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.

Face-to-face or Virtual Online
Member $2,935 $2,905
Paid Subscriber $3,500 $3,450
Non-Member $3,735 $3,500

Governance Institute Certificates in 2024

2024 dates Delivery Course Location
Anytime Online Certificate in Company Secretary Essentials – Online Online
7-16 May 2-weeks part-time Certificate in Company Secretary Essentials Online
21-22 May 2-day intensive Certificate in Company Secretary Essentials (Quick Start) Hobart, TAS
4-6 Jun 3-day intensive Certificate in Company Secretary Essentials Melbourne, VIC
11-13 Jun 3-day intensive Certificate in Company Secretary Essentials Perth, WA
12-21 Nov 2-weeks part-time Certificate in Company Secretary Essentials Online
26-28 Nov 3-day intensive Certificate in Company Secretary Essentials Brisbane, QLD

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