Graduate membership

Our graduate members are those who have completed either The Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme or a validated masters degree. Graduates show their subject understanding and academic success by using the post-nominals GradCG. Achieving GradCG status demonstrates high level mastery of the many subjects relevant to governance and compliance.

Our graduates typically progress quickly to Associate membership, which requires up to six years' relevant work experience in addition to your qualification in governance. This requirement can be reduced to three if the Graduate member is a degree holder or member of another professional body. Experience gained whist you are qualifying also counts, which means that some members can progress straight from their examinations to becoming an Associate. Students on The Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme taking their final module will be invited to tell us if they want to pursue either the GradCG or Associate option on completing their studies.


The 2023/24 annual fee for Graduate members is £385 and digital membership for reduced rate countries is £210. View all countries that are eligible for a reduced rate.


Graduate membership enhances your professional standing by providing global recognition of your professional qualifications. You also benefit from:

  • Access to local and international networks of governance professionals
  • Regular news, technical guidance, research and consultations
  • An informative and engaging digital magazine
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Member prices for quality events, training and publications
  • A governance helpline for individual guidance and support
  • The opportunity to participate in The Institute’s mentoring programme
  • A voice for championing the profession and our members to government, regulators and employers.

Discover more or any futher questions

Call our membership support team on +44 (0) 20 7580 4741 or contact us.

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