Certificate in Sports Governance

Champion good governance in sport.

  • No prior qualifications needed
  • Self-study
  • Webinar taught course
  • Course starts Sept, exam in June
  • £1,020
  • Eligible
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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 the UK'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.  

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:

An electronic copy of the study text is given to you when your qualification registration is approved, however, you can purchase a hard copy from the bookshop.


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 webinars on study skills and revision skills
  • Student membership and benefits for the duration of your course.


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