Certificate in Corporate Governance

Certificate in Corporate Governance

Introducing the UK and international governance landscape.

  • No prior qualifications required
  • Distance learning
  • Self-study with access to study support resources, optional tuition available from partners
  • Exams June and November
  • £1,663
  • Eligible
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This broad, introductory course covers the principles of good governance across many different sectors. You will develop a strong core knowledge of corporate governance frameworks and codes, and be better placed to navigate governance structures, help mitigate potential issues, and support your organisation. Students who successfully complete the Level 4 Certificate in Corporate Governance qualification are eligible to become Affiliated members and continue to benefit from the knowledge and support of our governance and compliance community.


This programme is open entry, with no prior qualifications required, and suitable if you are living or working in the UK or internationally.

This is suitable if you work in the private or other sectors in governance support roles and have received no formal or structured training. It is suitable if you want to refresh your knowledge of corporate governance codes and practices. It is also appropriate if you are an international student looking to improve your knowledge and understanding of good governance practices. 

Particular job roles may include:

  • Secretarial assistant
  • Assistant Company secretary
  • Executive assistant
  • Governance officer


This qualification will help you better understand:

  • The role of the board and company secretary 
  • How to support and engage with the board on legal, financial and regulatory issues
  • Frameworks and principles of governance and how to apply the relevant codes
  • Knowledge on key players in governance and decision making complexities
  • The best ways to manage risk

There are four modules covering the following topic areas:

  • General principles of corporate governance
  • The board, shareholders and corporate reporting
  • Board procedure and governance administration
  • Risk governance

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


The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland recommends approximately 200 hours study time for the course across 6-9 months. 

Assessment of the course is via one exam (3 hours with 15 minutes reading time) and can be taken in June each year. The exam paper contains a mixture of short- and extended-answer questions with a pass mark of 50%.

When registering for the course you must select an exam session.

Tuition (recommended)

Study with one of our tuition partners. These offer different tuition options to suit your situation and budget, including distance learning, face-to-face classes and blended learning. Learn more about our tuition partners. Learn more about our tuition partners.

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Make your own way through the programme using your syllabus, study text, sample papers and webinars.

An electronic copy of the study text is given to you when your qualification registration is approved, however, you can purchase a hard copy from the bookshop.


The fee for this qualification is £1,663.

This includes:

  • Registration and certificate 
  • One exam entry (exams set in June each year)
  • Electronic copies of the syllabus, sample assessment materials and study text on the MyCG area of our website
  • Access to study support webinars
  • Student membership and benefits for the duration of your course.


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