Certificate in Charity Law and Governance

Certificate in Charity Law and Governance

Strengthen your charity's mission with good governance practice.

  • No prior qualifications needed
  • Guided Learning
  • Webinar taught course
  • Multiple choice exam (MCQ) in July which forms 40% of the total assessment
  • £1,793, six bursaries are available each year for a 75% discount
  • Eligible
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This Level 4 course provides an introduction to the legal and regulatory framework around charities in England and Wales. It gives an understanding of the legal basis of the charity, the role of regulators and how to fulfil your charitable purpose whilst adhering to legal and regulatory requirements. 


This qualification is open entry, which means you do not need any prior qualifications to register on it, although it does help to be working in a related field.

It is suitable if you are affected by legal regulation and/or have governance responsibilities in registered, exempt or excepted charities. It is also suitable if you are studying for a charity finance qualification, providing a broader knowledge base and developing the transferability of your skills to develop your career within the sector.

Particular job roles may include:

  • Secretary/Clerk to the Board
  • Head of Finance/ Finance Officer
  • Head of Governance
  • Company Secretary/Assistant Company Secretary
  • Charity Director


The course includes a programme which starts in September and is supported by live webinars until the following May.


The new course schedule will deliver up to 15 live webinars with our experienced trainers using the Zoom platform.

The course assessment has moved away from a 100% exam to a more interactive model:

  • 20% Course participation (includes webinars, forum discussions, formative quizzes, and wellbeing workshops)
  • 40% written report (3000-3500 words)
  • 40% multiple-choice exam (1 hour exam)

As a student you will have access to a community of practice with like-minded professionals and resources on our new learning management system (LMS).

An induction session will help you to navigate the LMS and the CGI websites.

Join us in a new and interactive course!

This course is based around a self-study model, and therefore requires a significant commitment to study, on top of the provided webinar sessions.

Recommended study time for the whole course is 200 hours (which includes all webinar sessions and the examination), which is approximately 8-9 months of study.

An electronic copy of the study text is given to you when your qualification registration is approved, 


The fee for this qualification is £1,793.

The one-off fee for the qualification includes:

  • Registration and certification fees
  • One time exam
  • Course webinars 
  • Student membership throughout your course
  • E-copies of the syllabus and sample assessment materials
  • E-copy of the Charity Law and Governance study text


Receive 75% off your course fee with a bursary from The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland. 

The Chartered Secretaries’ Charitable Trust is delighted to offer a bursary to up to six eligible students for the next exam session.

To apply for a bursary, your charity must:

  • Be registered with the Charity Commission
  • Have submitted its last three annual returns to the Commission on time
  • Have a gross annual income of less than £250,000
  • Be able to provide 25% of the cost towards your qualification fee.

Please apply for your bursary here.


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