Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance

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If you’re looking for a flexible professional qualification in governance, then ICSA’s Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance is for you.

It’s suitable for anyone who undertakes governance activities – whether you’re a lawyer or accountant who deals with governance as part of your job; an existing chartered professional who wants to update your corporate governance knowledge; or you work in the company secretarial arena and are looking for a comprehensive stand-alone qualification in governance.

Our Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required to act as adviser to governing authorities across the private, public (excluding NHS – see our Advanced Certificate in Health Service Governance qualification) and voluntary sectors. 

The Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance is set at level six (final year undergraduate level) and completion of course results in the awarding of a certificate.

Those who complete the certificate qualification can go on to study for CSQS, and are exempt from the Corporate Governance module.


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.


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) £590
Reduced Rate* single fee (includes exam registration and study text) £524
Exam re-sit £220
Exam postponement £110
Additional fees (no reduced fees available)
FeeUK and overseas
Late exam entry (up to five days after closing date) £100
Extra late exam entry* (more than five days after closing date) £200
Exam entry change admin fee (applicable any time after entry processing) £30
Refund admin fee (applicable if refund granted) £55
Script report £80
Student transcript £30
Ex-student transcript £55
Replacement certificate £20


Take these simple steps to register for the Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance. 

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

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