Title: Charity Law and Governance Certificate
Do good with governance.
Expert training for charity governance professionals. ICSA: The Governance Institute is committed to the promotion of good governance across the third sector. As charities face greater scrutiny of their legal and regulatory responsibilities, ICSA is there to impart the skills and knowledge professionals need to make the right strategic choices and enable their organisations to thrive in a more complex operational environment.

The Charity Law and Governance Certificate is the only introductory-level qualification of its kind. It gives you an understanding of your legal and regulatory obligations and can help you to find effective solutions in meeting these and the responsibilities of your governing document. It also gives you the tools to help develop high standards of governance as laid out in the Charity Governance Code.

Level, scope and suitability

This Level 4 course provides an introduction to the legal and regulatory framework around charities in England and Wales, and how this affects charities in relation to issues such as generating income and managing assets.

If you work for a charity (regulated or unregulated), in a role such as company secretary, board clerk, head of governance, director, or other administrative roles, this course will help you understand the legal framework specific to the sector to help you ensure your organisation remains compliant while pursuing its aims.

Duration, mode and structure

The course requires around 200 hours’ study time over six to nine months. The course content is presented through webinars, interactive workshop sections and digital materials. Register now to qualify by August 2019.

The six compulsory self-study modules cover:

• Charity Law
• Structures and Legal Forms
• Compliance and Regulations
• Governance
• Sources of Income
• Stewardship of Funds and Assets.

You will gain:

• Insight into how poor governance and lack of accountability can damage charity reputation
• Detailed knowledge of the Charity Governance Code, and how to apply the principles of the code
• Knowledge of the legal duties required of charity trustees
• The skills to help your organisation move ahead with confidence, secure in the knowledge that it is backed by solid governance practices
• Affiliated membership of an internationally recognised governance organisation and the right to use the post-nominals Affiliated (CIS)

Entry requirements and application

No prior qualifications are required, and the webinar delivery mode of study makes the course suitable for those living or working in the UK or internationally.

Course dates

Webinars start in September 2018 with exams available in June or November 2019.


£1,540. Save 50% on fees with a £770 bursary.

“Anybody who wants to be consistently at the top of their game needs the in-depth technical knowledge that was covered in the course.” - Anne Taylor FCCA, Chief Executive Officer, Thorngate Churcher Trust

‘The qualification is for professionals looking for the in-depth technical knowledge of charity governance as well as build the skills you need to be a leader in the field, giving you the confidence to back yourself and your decisions and stay consistently at the top of your game.’ – CEO, Housing Trust
Posted: 05/02/2019
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