Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance

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Students who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance are eligible to become affiliated members and continue to benefit from the knowledge and support of our governance and compliance community.


This advanced certificate Level 6 course is flexible way of gaining the knowledge and skills needed to advise governing authorities in private, voluntary and many public sector organisations (excluding NHS – see our Advanced Certificate in Health Service Governance qualification) . 

If you are in a governance role, a compliance officer, risk manager or other governance professional, this course will help inform and reinforce your authority on the field and provide you with a comprehensive qualification in governance. 


This certificate is designed for anyone who wants a graduate-level qualification in corporate governance. People in the following roles may find this qualification beneficial:

  • Members of company secretarial or governance teams
  • Compliance officers
  • Risk managers
  • Those in legal or accountancy roles who undertake governance duties. 

The Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance is an open-entry qualification, although we recommend that students are working in a relevant role and/or have some work experience in the area.


This course covers:

  • General principles of corporate governance
  • Legal and regulatory aspects of corporate governance
  • Codes of and reports on corporate governance
  • Application of governance rules and principles
  • Role of the company secretary
  • The board of directors/board of governors
  • Remuneration of directors and senior executives
  • Reporting to shareholders and external audit
  • Relations with shareholders
  • Risk management and internal control
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Assessment of the course is via a three hour exam, taken in June or November.

Detailed information on the syllabus, a sample exam paper and a mark scheme are available below:


Recommended study time for the whole course is 150 hours.

The following study options are available to those studying the Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance.

  1. Purchase tuition from one of our registered tuition providers. Our registered tuition providers offer different tuition options to suit your situation and your budget, including distance learning, face-to-face classes and blended learning. You can view all of our registered tuition providers here.
  2. Self study. If you’d prefer, make your own way through the programme using your study text, without purchasing any tuition or study support.

Every ICSA registered student gets the following free study support, whether they purchase tuition or not:

  • Access to past papers, suggested answers and other study materials via MyICSA, the secure area of our website especially for ICSA students and members.
  • A comprehensive study skills book
  • Free exam techniques webinars.

You also have access to module-specific webinars and recordings, presented by the examiner of the module.

Please note: Choosing to use a tuition provider will incur tuition fees to be paid direct to the provider, on top of your ICSA student fees.

Exam information

The assessment consists of one three-hour written exam, plus 15 minutes reading time. The pass mark is 50%. 

Exam sessions

When you apply for the course you can choose to sit the exam in June or November. The next exams will take place on Thursday 7 June and Thursday 29 November. If you choose to sit the exam in November, the deadline for applications is 1 October.

We have exam centres all over the world as well as in the UK and you choose which exam centre to sit at when you enter for the exam. If there isn’t a centre in your country or area, it may be possible to arrange a special centre.

Exam entries can be changed on payment of an administration fee up to the exam closing date for each session. After this date it is not possible to change your entry.

Please check your exam entries carefully to confirm you are entered for the correct session, module and exam centre.


Take these simple steps to register for the Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance. Please note that if you intend to enrol onto this course after 1 November, you will need to contact

1. Complete the registration and exam entry form

Fill out the registration form: 

Download registration and exam entry form

Download exam resit form

Read the student rules and regulations

2. Organise payment

The Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance qualification has a one-off fee which can be paid in one of the following ways:

3. Send forms and payment

Send your completed forms along with your payment to or by post to:

Client Relations
Saffron House
6–10 Kirby Street

Once these have been received and payment authorised, you will be registered as an ICSA student.

N.B. Those choosing to study with a registered tuition provider should register with ICSA before doing so with a tuition provider so that the modules you are required to sit have been confirmed.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone about this qualification, please contact us


Students for this qualification pay a single one-off fee, which covers the cost of the study text and a single exam registration.  

There are fees applicable for exam resits and postponements as follows:

Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance fees
Single fee (includes exam registration and study text) £1500
Reduced Rate* single fee (includes exam registration and study text) £1200
Exam re-sit £225
Exam postponement £113
Additional fees (no reduced fees available)
FeeUK and overseas
Late exam entry (up to five days after closing date) £103
Extra late exam entry* (more than five days after closing date) £205
Exam entry change admin fee (applicable any time after entry processing) £30
Refund admin fee (applicable if refund granted) £57
Script report £82
Student transcript £30
Ex-student transcript £57
Replacement certificate £20

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