Level 4 Certificate in Corporate Governance

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Students who successfully complete the Level 4 Certificate in Corporate Governance qualification are eligible for 12 months free affiliateship. Continue to benefit from the knowledge and support of our governance and compliance community.


 *Opening summer 2018*

The ICSA Level 4 Certificate in Corporate Governance is an introductory course that enables you to apply good governance principles across a variety of sectors.

The programme will help you understand and navigate governance structures to support your organisation and mitigate any issues that may arise.

By understanding the core corporate governance frameworks and codes, you will be better positioned to help your organisation achieve its objectives. 



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

It is especially useful for anyone looking to improve performance in their supporting roles as well as those with a background in governance roles such as secretarial assistants / Executive Assistants and governance officers.


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


ICSA recommends 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%.

The syllabus and sample assessment materials will be available from June 2018.

When registering for the course, you must pick from one of the next two exam sessions upon registration. First assessment of this qualification is 29 November 2018.


The fee for this qualification is £1,500 (Reduced Rate countries single fee £1,125)*

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 MyICSA area of our website
  • Access to two ICSA webinars on study skills and revision skills
  • ICSA affiliateship for one year upon successful completion of the qualification
  • Student membership and benefits for the duration of your course.
Additional fees
Exam re-sit £155
Exam postponement (per exam) £80
Deferment (per exam) £30

*See all countries that are eligible for the reduced rate.

How to Study


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.


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



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If you would prefer to send your application by post, please download, print and complete the following application forms.

You can pay in one of the following ways:

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

Members and Students
Saffron House
6–10 Kirby Street
London UK

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

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