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Certificate in Governance Practice

Certificate overview

This Certificate provides an introduction to good governance practice. For those newly appointed or aspiring to the role of Company Secretary or Senior Managers who are seeking to gain a clear understanding of the legal responsibilities, obligations and duties of the role, this Certificate program is perfect for you. You will gain practical skills that you can immediately use to consolidate your current position or to launch a new career in this exciting field.

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 courses:

Certificate in Governance Practice

CPD hours: 30

Compulsory courses Electives (choose 2)
Governance Essentials
Duties of Officers and Directors
Financial Analysis for Officers and Directors
Assessing, Analysing and Treating Risk
Accidental Company Secretary®
Minutes for Boards and Committees
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 Governance Practice — Online  Online
8-23 April 3-weeks part-time Certificate in Governance Practice Virtual
28-29 May 2-day Quick Start Certificate in Governance Practice Quick Start Darwin, NT
4-6 Jun 3-day intensive Certificate in Governance Practice Brisbane, QLD
25-27 Jun 3-day intensive Certificate in Governance Practice Sydney, NSW
2-11 Jul 2-weeks part-time Certificate in Governance Practice — Online Virtual Zoom
10-12 Sep 3-day intensive Certificate in Governance Practice Melbourne, VIC

View Our Course Catalogue to register now