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Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits

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.

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
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. NFPs with less than $10 million turnover get an extra 10% off the Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profit price. Please contact 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 $2,935 $2,905
Paid Subscriber $3,500 $3,450
Non-Member $3,735 $3,500


Governance Institute Certificates in 2024

2024 dates Delivery Location  
Anytime Online Online Register
6-8 Aug 3-day intensive Perth, WA Register
20-22 Aug 3-day intensive Brisbane, QLD Register
20-22 Aug 3-day intensive Sydney, NSW Register
27-29 Aug 3-day intensive Melbourne, VIC Register
29-31 Oct 3-day intensive Melbourne, VIC Register

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