Certificate in Sports Governance



This programme provides an introduction to the sport governance environment. It focuses on equipping those who work in the sports sector with the knowledge and key skills necessary to develop good governance practices within their organisation. You will be qualified to help your organisation focus on its main aims while applying the key principles of UK Sport’s Code for Sports Governance. Students who successfully complete the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Governance qualification are eligible to become Affiliated members and continue to benefit from the knowledge and support of our governance and compliance community.


If you work in a sports organisation of any size, from national governing body to a smaller local organisation, with governance responsibility. This is an accessible and practical qualification for those who work at all levels of the sector.

Job roles may include:

  • Sports Administrator
  • Company Secretary/Assistant Company Secretary
  • Clerk to the Board
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Policy Advisor


The course includes a programme which starts in September and is supported by live webinars until the following May. Please note that if you intend to enrol onto this course after it starts, you will need to contact the Learning Support Manager at enquiries@icsa.org.uk 

Webinars are delivered at least once per month and are run using the Adobe Connect platform (you will need an internet connection to attend). You will be able to hear the presenters and you can communicate with the speakers and other attendees via the chat function. You will receive a copy of the slides, accompanying material and recording after each webinar session.

Two practice tasks are set during the course, which are intended to support revision around certain topics and will help you to prepare for the exam. These do not count towards the final assessment but will provide feedback on your progress.

The course will cover the following topic areas:

  • The sport governance landscape
  • Developing effective governance structures in sports organisations
  • The role of risk and risk management in sport
  • Compliance requirements of key statutory policies
  • Financial arrangements that ensure best practice
  • Building effective relationships with stakeholders


The recommended study time for the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Governance is 200 hours, which includes the webinars, practice tasks and exam time. 

This course is based around a self-study model, and therefore requires a significant commitment to study, on top of the provided webinar sessions.

Assessment of the course is via one exam (3 hours with 15 minutes reading time), and can be taken in June 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 the June exam session following the course.  

The syllabus and sample assessment materials are available below:

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


The fee for this qualification is £1,020.

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
  • Course webinars (and practice task service)
  • 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 Sports Governance Discovery Pack for an in-depth understanding of the certificate.


Please note that if you intend to enrol onto this course after 1 November, you will need to contact the Learning and Support Manager at enquiries@icsa.org.uk



When taking up student membership with us, you will need to read and follow the Student Rules and Regulations and the Code of Professional Ethics and Conduct. Click the links below to read the documents.


You can pay in one of the following ways:

  • Cheque, made payable to The Chartered Governance Institute; OR
  • Credit or debit card – Please complete our online registration form

Please post your cheque to: Members and Students, The Chartered Governance Institute, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS

Once your application has been received and payment has been authorised, you will be registered as a student of ours.

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

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