Certificate in Corporate Governance


This broad, introductory course covers the principles of good governance across many different sectors. You will develop a strong core knowledge of corporate governance frameworks and codes, and be better placed to navigate governance structures, help mitigate potential issues, and support your organisation. Students who successfully complete the Level 4 Certificate in Corporate Governance qualification are eligible to become Affiliated members and continue to benefit from the knowledge and support of our governance and compliance community.


This programme is open entry, with no prior qualifications required, and suitable if you are living or working in the UK or internationally.

This is suitable if you work in the private or other sectors in governance support roles and have received no formal or structured training. It is suitable if you want to refresh your knowledge of corporate governance codes and practices. It is also appropriate if you are an international student looking to improve your knowledge and understanding of good governance practices. 

Particular job roles may include:

  • Secretarial assistant
  • assistant company secretary
  • executive assistant
  • governance officer


This qualification will help you better understand:

  • The role of the board and company secretary 
  • How to support and engage with the board on legal, financial and regulatory issues
  • Frameworks and principles of governance and how to apply the relevant codes
  • Knowledge on key players in governance and decision making complexities
  • The best ways to manage risk

There are four modules covering the following topic areas:

  • General principles of corporate governance
  • The board, shareholders and corporate reporting
  • Board procedure and governance administration
  • Risk governance


We recommend approximately 200 hours study time for the course across 6-9 months. 

Assessment of the course is via one exam (3 hours with 15 minutes reading time) and can be taken in June and November each year. The exam paper contains a mixture of short- and extended-answer questions with a pass mark of 50%.

When registering for the course you must pick one of the next two exam sessions. The first exam session is June 2019.

Tuition (recommended)

Study with one of our registered tuition providers. Our registered tuition providers offer different tuition options to suit your situation and budget, including distance learning, face-to-face classes and blended learning. Learn more about our registered tuition providers.


Make your own way through the programme using your syllabus, study text, sample papers and webinars.

The corporate governance study text is available to buy from our book shop.



The fee for this qualification is £1,530

This includes:

  • Registration and certificate 
  • One exam entry (choice between next two available exam sessions).
  • Electronic copies of the syllabus, sample assessment materials and study text on the MyCG area of our website
  • Access to two our webinars on study skills and revision skills
  • Student membership and benefits for the duration of your course.
Additional fees
Exam re-sit £165
Exam postponement (per exam) £82
Deferment (per exam) £30

Discovery pack

Download the Certificate in Corporate Governance Discovery Pack for an in-depth understanding of the certificate.




Study support

If you are considering additional study support, you can find a full list of our registered tuition providers here.

Reduced rate fees

You can find a full list of countries that are eligible for the reduced rate here.

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

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