Diploma in Corporate Governance

Increase your knowledge and skills to make governance work in public bodies

All CIPFA members and employees of organisations with Better Governance Forum membership receive 10% off the price of this course.

CIPFA is working in partnership with the Governance Company to bring the Diploma in Corporate Governance to Ireland. Find out more.

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About the course

Corporate governance is understandably high on the public sector agenda. Our Diploma in Corporate Governance utilises case studies and expert theory in seeking to:

  • ensure organisations are appropriately constituted, structured and operate the appropriate governance processes
  • support good practice in stewardship, risk and assurance, and internal control
  • exemplify standards of behaviour as a way of enabling good governance

What the course covers

  • how to apply the corporate governance fundamentals in the public sector
  • establishing and maintaining a strategically effective framework
  • how to identify business risk with a potential impact on corporate governance
  • the role of the board and those with whom they interact
  • management of internal and external relationships

Who is the course aimed at?

  • staff who support the board
  • staff with a responsibility for governance but with no formal training
  • middle and senior managers or aspiring managers
  • new or aspiring board members


The CIPFA Diploma in Corporate Governance is completed over approximately nine months. This includes:

  • eight days of classroom learning, currently being delivered online
  • approximately 80 hours of additional work to complete the assessment requirements

Course outline

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  • Module One: Governing in challenging times (one day)
  • Module Two: Leading governance (one day)
  • Module Three: Embedding corporate values (two days)
  • Module Four: Supporting a high-performing Board (one day)
  • Module Five: Effectively managing performance, risks and assurances (one day)
  • Module Six: Making accountability real (one day)
  • Module Seven: Practicing good governance (one day)


For each module you will be asked to submit a written assignment in which you demonstrate your understanding of the learning and your ability to transfer it to your own workplace and work practices.


On successful completion of the required units and associated assessment, you will be awarded the CIPFA Diploma in Corporate Governance, equivalent to a level seven (postgraduate) qualification.

CIPFA membership

On successful completion of the programme, you can apply for CIPFA Affiliate membership. If you're not already a CIPFA member, this is a great way to access a wealth of resources and networking opportunities.

Find out more and apply

In-house delivery

This programme can also be delivered in-house. This is especially cost-effective for organisations interested in training a number of individuals or whole teams and requires a measure of flexibility in delivery.

For more information about running the course in-house, contact us at InHouseTraining@cipfa.org

CPD hours

This course carries 136 CPD hours.

All CIPFA training counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). If you are a CIPFA Chartered Member, you are required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of relevant CPD activity each year as part of maintaining your professional competence and to develop skills and knowledge.

Find out more about CPD requirements


£2,750+VAT per delegate (open course only).

All CIPFA members and employees of organisations that have membership of the Better Governance Forum receive 10% off the price of this course.