Certificate in Charity Law and Governance

'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

Become an affiliated member

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

Summary 

The ICSA Level 4 Certificate in Charity Law and Governance qualification provides an introduction to the legal and regulatory framework around charities in England and Wales, and how this affects charities in relation to issues such as generating income and managing assests.

If you work for a charity (regulated or unregulated), in a role such as company secretary, board clerk, head of governance, director, or other administrative role, this course will help you understand the legal framework specific to the sector to help you ensure your organisation remains compliant while pursuing its aims.

Entry

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.

Particular job roles may include:

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

Content

The ICSA Level 4 Certificate in Charity Law and Governance syllabus comprises six modules covering key aspects of charity law and governance:

Module 1: Charity Law

Module 2: Structures and Legal Forms

Module 3: Compliance and Regulation

Module 4: Governance

Module 5: Sources of Income (Generating Resources)

Module 6: Stewardship of Funds and Assets

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.

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

Study

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. 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 ‘More info’ section for further guidance.

When registering for the course you must pick one of the next two exam sessions. First assessment of this qualification is on Thursday 7 June at 9:15 am.

Webinar and practice task programme

The course includes a programme which starts in September and is supported by live webinars until the following May. The webinars cover the syllabus content as well as study skills and exam strategy.  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.

You can register for the exam in June or November following the completion of the course. Please note that if you intend to enrol onto this course after 1 November, you will need to contact mgarnham@icsa.org.uk.

Registration and exam entry

Fees

The fee for this qualification is £1,500. We will be happy to discuss payment by instalments with you – please call 020 7580 4741 or contact us

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 if registering before mid - January)
  • ICSA student membership throughout your course
  • E-copies of the syllabus and sample assessment materials
  • E-copy of the Charity Law and Governance study text
  • Affiliated Member status upon successful completion of the qualification
Additional fees 
FeeRate
Exam re-sit £160
Exam postponement (per exam) £80
Deferment (per exam) £30

 

Bursary

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:

  • be registered with the Charity Commission
  • have submitted its last three annual returns to the Commission on time
  • have a gross annual income in the region of £10,000 - £100,000
  • be able to provide £750 towards your qualification fee.

Please apply for your bursary here

Apply

Take these simple steps to register for the Certificate in Charity Law and Governance. Please note that if you intend to enrol onto this course after 1 November, please contact mgarnham@icsa.org.uk.

1. Complete the registration and exam entry form

 Fill out the registration form: 

2. Organise payment

The fee for the Certificate in Charity Law and Governance is a one-off fee. You can pay for this qualification in one of the following ways:

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.


3. Send forms and payment

Send your completed forms along with your payment to studentsupport@icsa.org.uk or by post to:

Members and Students
ICSA
Saffron House
6–10 Kirby Street
London
EC1N 8TS
UK

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

More info

If you have any questions about ICSA qualifications or would like to speak to someone about taking the Level 4 Certificate in Charity Law and Governance, please call +44 (0)20 7580 4741 or contact us

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