Certificate in Sports Governance

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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.

Summary

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. 

Entry

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

Content

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 1 November, you will need to contact the Learning and 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

Study

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 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. First assessment of this qualification is on Thursday 7 June at 9:15 am. 

The syllabus and sample assessment materials are available below:






The sports governance study text is available to
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Fees

The fee for this qualification is £1,000 (Reduced Rate countries single fee £900)*

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
  • Course webinars (and practice task service if registering before mid - February)
  • Access to two ICSA webinars on study skills and revision skills
  • Student membership and benefits for the duration of your course.
Additional fees
FeeRate
Exam re-sit  £160
Exam Postponement (per exam) £80
Deferment (per exam) £30

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

Apply

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

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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, ICSA, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS

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

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If you have any questions about ICSA qualifications or would like to speak to someone about taking this qualification:

Call: +44 (0)20 7580 4741

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Visit us: ICSA Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS, United Kingdom

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