Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance

Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance

Become an effective advisor on governance

  • No prior qualifications required, experience recommended
  • Guided Learning
  • Webinar taught course
  • Course starts in October, Exam in June
  • £1,777
  • Eligible
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This internationally-recognised qualification gives you the knowledge and skills needed to advise decision-making authorities on governance-related issues affecting private, voluntary and public sector organisations (for NHS organisations, see our Advanced Certificate in Health Service Governance qualification).

Leading to a Level 6 (graduate-level) qualification, it will enable you to interpret the frameworks underlying corporate governance law to support the development of good governance practices and effective stakeholder dialogue throughout your organisation, whilst being aware of legal obligations and best practice. 

Students who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance are eligible to become Affiliated members and continue to benefit from the knowledge and support of our governance and compliance community.


This certificate is designed for those working as a governance professional, but in particular those in a company secretarial-related role or as part of a governance team, or in a legal or accountancy role with governance duties. Job roles include: 

  • Company secretary/assistant or deputy company secretary
  • Company secretarial assistant
  • Governance, risk or compliance manager/officer
  • Lawyer or accountant with governance responsibilities

The Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance is an open-entry qualification, although we recommend that students are working in a relevant role and/or have some work experience in the area.


This course covers:

  • General principles of corporate governance
  • Legal and regulatory aspects of corporate governance
  • Codes of and reports on corporate governance
  • Application of governance rules and principles
  • Role of the company secretary
  • The board of directors/board of governors
  • Remuneration of directors and senior executives
  • Reporting to shareholders and external audit
  • Relations with shareholders
  • Risk management and internal control
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Assessment of the course is via a three hour exam, taken in June or November.

Detailed information on the syllabus, a sample exam paper and an extract from the study text are available in the qualification Discovery Pack.


Recommended study time for the whole course is 200 hours.

The following study options are available to those studying the Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance.

  1. Purchase tuition from one of our tuition partners. Our tuition partners offer different tuition options to suit your situation and your budget, including distance learning, face-to-face classes and blended learning. You can view all of our tuition partners here.
  2. Self study. You can make your own way through the certificate using your study text, without purchasing any tuition.

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You will receive an e-copy of the study text as part of your tuition fee, available to download on MyCG, and you will have access to the following study support:

  • Access to past papers, suggested answers and other study materials via MyCG, the secure area of our website especially for students and members of The Chartered Governance Institute.
  • A comprehensive study skills book.
  • Exam technique webinars.

You also have access to module-specific webinars and recordings, presented by the examiner of the module.

Please note: Choosing to use a tuition partner will incur tuition fees to be paid direct to the provider, on top of your student fees.


Students for this qualification pay a single one-off fee, which covers the cost of the study text and a single exam registration.

There are fees applicable for exam resits and postponements as shown below. While the full fees apply for students in the UK, EU and Crown Dependencies, those in many other countries pay reduced rates.

Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance
FeeUK and overseasReduced rate
Single fee (includes one exam registration and study text) £1,777 £1,425
Exam re-sit £270 £185
Exam postponement £135 £93

If you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone about this qualification, please contact us.


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