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Online Diploma in Governance for the Charitable Sector

This flexible learning option enables you to access the diploma programme today and complete it in your own time. 

Course Overview

The course is delivered through a series of online recorded lectures over seven modules allowing you to access the course today and complete it in your own time!

The diploma will be awarded on successful completion of an assessment. Participants can choose to complete an assignment to gain the diploma or complete the course for information / CPD purposes only (no assignment).

Method: Online Recorded Lectures
CPD Credit: 21 hours
Cost: €650 (with assignment)
          €595 (without assignment)



1 Governance & the Governance Code 
2 Funder Relationships
3 Legislation relating to the Charitable Sector
4 Finances
5 Key Board Roles & Relationships
6 Sub-committees, Federal & Branch Committees 
7 Theory v. Practice

Why do this course?

Registered Irish Charities directly employ 189,000 people and are supported by 300,000 volunteers, according to a recent report on the social and economic impact of charities in Ireland.

The report by Indecon International Economic Consultants, commissioned by the Charities Regulator, highlights the need for governance and regulation which recognises the diversity of registered Irish charities; it needs to be particularly sensitive to the large number of volunteer-led, low-income and grassroots charities 

The Online Diploma in Governance for the Charitable Sector equips accounting professionals who advise charities (either as practitioners, in-house accountants, or voluntary treasurers) with a full understanding of best practice in Corporate Governance for Charities.

Benefits for Employers

As competition for funding in the charity sector increases, the need to be able to demonstrate good Corporate Governance systems and procedures has never been stronger.

The current climate dictates that impeccable standards of integrity and accountability are maintained and demonstrated. 

The Diploma in Governance for the Charitable Sector will enable your employees to inspire confidence and demonstrate to current and prospective funders that they have the skills and knowledge to be able to make a real difference to your organisation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course learners should be able to:

1)         Apply the knowledge gained to implement or review a Corporate Governance Code for a Charity.

2)         Identify the elements necessary for inclusion in a Corporate Governance Code.

3)         Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Irish legislation as it relates to Board Members.

4)         Define the roles of Board Members/Trustees, Directors/CEOs and Company Secretaries. 

5)         Identify the committees recommended as good practice and describe their roles.

6)         Determine training necessary for stakeholders to ensure good Corporate Governance.


Course Content

Module 1: Governance & the Governance Code Andrew Madden
Module 2: Funder Relationships Sheila Nordon 
Module 3: The Law Ellen O'Callaghan
Module 4: Finances  Maureen Kelly 
Module 5: Key Board Roles & Relationships  Diarmaid Ó Corrbuí 
Module 6: Sub-committees, Federal & Branch Committees  Derek O'Reilly 
Module 7: Theory v. Practice  Kieran Murphy 

Click here for a detailed breakdown of each module's content.


The diploma will be awarded on the successful completion of an assessment. Assignment dates will be subject to sufficient numbers.