'People in a leadership position in a medium, large or complex charity need this technical knowledge. I now have a much better sense of what the requirements and pitfalls are, what to look for and the differences between corporate and charity law. It has enabled me to effect continuous improvement within my own organisation.'Student, CEO, Housing Trust
Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Charity Law and Governance qualification are eligible for 12 months free affiliateship. Continue to benefit from the knowledge and support of our governance and compliance community.
The ICSA Level 4 Certificate in Charity Law and Governance qualification (equivalent to first year undergraduate) is an introductory programme that has been developed for individuals working in charities (registered and unregistered) in England and Wales. It is ideal for those working in roles affected by legal regulation and governance issues and for those with governance responsibilities.
The qualification introduces the legal framework within which the law and regulation of charities and charitable activity in England and Wales is set, and it covers the key components of effective governance in charities in relation to issues such as generating income and managing assets.
The qualification comprises six compulsory modules followed by one exam that tests knowledge of all six modules. Successful completion of all six modules results in the awarding of a certificate.
The ICSA Level 4 Certificate in Charity Law and Governance syllabus comprises six modules covering key aspects of charity law and governance:
Assessment of the course is via one exam (3 hours with an extra 15 minutes reading time), taken in June and November each year. The exam paper contains a mixture of short- and extended-answer questions.
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 6-9 months of study.
Why study with ICSA?
Every ICSA registered student gets the following study support:
Receive 50% off your course fee with a bursary from ICSA
Supported by The Chartered Secretaries’ Charitable Trust, ICSA are delighted to offer a £750 bursary to one eligible student for the next exam session (June 2018).
To apply for an ICSA bursary, your charity must:
The ICSA Level 4 Certificate in Charity Law and Governance 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.
Course Provider Diploma/Certificate/Award (this must include an assessed element)
Variable - to suit the learner
*Additional fees will apply for exam re-sits and postponements. Additional fees Postponement fee (per exam): £75 Resit fee (per exam): £150 Deferment (per exam): £25
The ICSA has been supporting governance professionals for over 125 years. Our globally respected programme delivers the authoritative training and qualifications that build careers. Whatever your experience, we can help you develop your understanding of the law, compliance, governance and administration. In addition to the courses and qualifications offered here, ICSA is a community of 15,000 professionals and over 100 local branches around the world. ICSA Qualifications Our core qualification is the internationally recognised ICSA Qualifying Programme which leads to chartered status and full membership of ICSA. It can be studied through classroom-based tuition, online
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