Certificate in Sports Governance

Certificate in Sports Governance

Champion good governance in sport.

  • No prior qualifications needed
  • Self-study
  • Webinar taught course
  • Course starts Sept, exam in June
  • £1,020
  • Eligible
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This programme provides an introduction to the sports governance environment. It focuses on equipping those who work in the sports sector with the knowledge and key skills necessary to develop good governance practices within their organisation. You will be able to help your organisation focus on its main aims while applying the key principles of the UK's Code for Sports Governance. Students who choose to take the examination and successfully complete the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Governance are eligible to become Affiliated members and continue to benefit from the knowledge and support of our governance and compliance community.


If you work in a sports organisation of any size, from a national governing body to a smaller local organisation, with governance responsibility. This is an accessible and practical qualification for those who work at all levels of the sector.

Job roles may include:

  • Sports Administrator
  • Company Secretary/Assistant Company Secretary
  • Clerk to the Board
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Policy Advisor


The course is a blended learning programme with e-learning content and other online resources, supported by a schedule of live webinars with a tutor. 

See the video below for an overview of the e-learning content

The course content is delivered through an online learning platform, where you can also ask questions and discuss topics with other students and the tutor. The webinars are live events delivered through the Adobe Connect webinar platform, but they are recorded so that you can revise the content or catch up if you can’t attend.

Two practice tasks are set during the course, which are intended to support revision around certain topics and will help you to prepare for the exam if you choose to take it. These do not count towards the final assessment but will provide feedback on your progress.

As the practice tasks and webinars are scheduled to take place at fixed times, if you want to join the course after the October start date, we suggest that you discuss this with us before you register.

The course will cover the following topic areas:

  • The sports governance landscape
  • Developing effective governance structures in sports organisations
  • The role of risk and risk management in sports
  • Compliance requirements of key statutory policies
  • Financial arrangements that ensure best practice
  • Building effective relationships with stakeholders


The recommended study time for the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Governance is 200 hours, which includes the online content, webinars, practice tasks and exam time. 

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

You can opt to take the course with the examination or with course-only. If you opt for the examination, 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 pick the June exam session following the course. 

The syllabus and sample assessment materials are available below:

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 £1,020.

This includes:

  • Registration and certificate 
  • One exam entry (choice between next two available exam sessions) 
  • E-learning content
  • Electronic copies of the syllabus, sample assessment materials and study text on the learning platform
  • Course webinars and practice tasks
  • Access to two webinars on study skills and revision skills
  • Student membership and benefits for the duration of your course.

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