Advanced Certificate in Sport Governance and Administration

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The ICSA Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Sport Governance and Administration qualification (equivalent to third year undergraduate) has been designed for employees or senior volunteers in sports’ organisations with responsibility for implementing or overseeing governance arrangements with their governing boards.

Particular job roles may include:

  • Head of Governance
  • Company Secretary/Assistant Company Secretary/Clerks to the Board 
  • Head of Administration
  • Membership/Club Director
  • Governance Officers, Managers and Administrators

This qualification explores the structure of the sport sector and the challenges faced by sports organisations in the UK. It looks at how effective governance systems can be implemented in sports organisations and the roles and responsibilities of those responsible for implementing them. It also covers how sports organisations manage relationships with their members and stakeholders, the role of ethics, and how risk can be managed to ensure sustainability of organisations in the sector.

The qualification comprises three compulsory modules followed by one exam that tests knowledge of all three modules. Successful completion of all three modules results in the awarding of a certificate.


The ICSA Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Sport Governance and Administration 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.

When you register on the qualification, you need to select the date on which you will sit the exam (you have the choice of the next two available exam sessions from point of registration). If you do not complete the exam within the next two available exam sessions, further fees will apply. 

Please see ‘Study’ section for further guidance.


The ICSA Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Sport Governance and Administration syllabus comprises three modules covering key aspects of law, governance and administration in sports organisations:

Module 1: Introducing Sport Governance
Module 2: Implementing Governance in Sport
Module 3: Developing and Maintaining Governance Systems in Sports Organisations

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 consists of essay questions covering all three modules and many of the questions are based on a short scenario.

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


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 150 hours (which includes all webinar sessions and the examination), which is approximately six months of study. If you are considering studying for the exam in a shorter timeframe, we recommend that you discuss your choice with our Members and Students team first as they can advise on when it is best to register on the qualification. Please see the ‘more info’ section for further guidance.

Assessment of the course is via one exam (3 hours with an extra 15 minutes reading time), which can be taken in June and November each year. The next available exam sittings are Thursday 8 June and Thursday 30 November 2017, 9:15 am.

Webinar and practice task programme
A five month course of eight webinars runs from February to May every year in which you can join live teaching sessions at a scheduled time or view a recording afterwards. The webinars cover the syllabus content as well as study skills and exam strategy. To take advantage of this service, you will need to have registered and paid for your qualification by mid-February at the latest. A practice task service also operates during the course of live webinars – this involves an examiner marking and providing feedback on your answers to two practice essay questions.

If you choose to register on the qualification at any other time of the year, you will have access to all of the recorded webinar sessions that have already taken place, but no practice task service. You can register on this qualification and start studying at any time during the year, although to get the most out of the resources provided, we recommend that you register in time for the start of the live webinar course in February.

Registration and exam entry


The fee for this qualification is £850.* The one-off fee for the qualification includes:

The one-off fee for the qualification includes:

  • Registration and certification fees
  • One exam entry (choice between next two available exam sessions)
  • Course webinars and practice task service
  • ICSA student membership throughout your course
  • E-copies of the syllabus and sample assessment materials
  • E-copy of the Sport Governance and Administration study materials.

*Additional fees will apply for exam re-sits and postponements.

Additional fees
Postponement fee (per exam): £107.50
Resit fee (per exam): £215
Deferment (per exam): £25


Take these simple steps to apply for the ICSA Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Sport Governance and Administration.

Read the following:

Registration and exam entry

If you do not have a credit or debit card, you can download a paper application form, enclosing a cheque for the fees.

To enter for an exam re-sit, download the exam re-sit form and send with payment, either a cheque or a completed card payment form.

Send paper applications and payments to:

Members and Students 
Saffron House
6–10 Kirby Street

More info

If you have any questions about ICSA qualifications or would like to speak to someone about taking the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Sport Governance and Administration, please contact our Members and Students team at or call +44 (0)20 7580 4741.

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