Course snapshot

Both prospective and current members of boards are eligible for enrolment, though some deep knowledge of a not-for-profit organisation is highly desirable.

To be accepted for enrolment into this course, you must also:

  • Have time to read, prepare and reflect on fundamental governance principles
  • Have the ability to attend and actively participate in a total of five days of training (three consecutive days + two consecutive days approximately one month later)
  • Commit to completing all competency based assessment within twelve months of face-to-face training (you must complete one unit assessment per month)
  • Commit to transferring the knowledge gained to the organisation once the course is completed

If you would like to discuss your eligibility. contact us by emailing or call (03) 9320 6800.

To ensure your learning is both deep and sustained, each course participant will be equipped with a range of tools and materials, including:


Each person enrolled in the Diploma of Governance BSB52318 receives, as part of their fees, an iPad, which is pre-loaded with reading and course materials.

At the conclusion of the course, the iPad will serve as a window to the Institute of Community Directors Australia's online resources - it's yours to keep and utilise for meetings and support.

Students may choose to enrol without receiving an iPad (a recommended learning tool for this course) and instead bring their own device to class. (In this case, students will receive a $300 reduction in their fees.)

Hard copy course materials

We're serious about sustainability. We won't provide hard copies of course materials (course notes, slides, assessment questions etc.) All of this material will be pre-loaded on your iPad. If you elect to bring your own device, you will be able to access and download digital copies of required documents.

Online study tools

Students will have access to an easy-to-use, purpose-built Student Portal where they can draft and lodge assessments, contact their tutor and explore rich content relating to their studies.

Students will gain access to the Institute of Community Directors online Forum, where they can engage with fellow students and the broader ICDA membership, to explore the governance matters that are important to themselves.

Institute of Community Directors Australia website access

Students receive 18-month access to the Institute of Community Directors Australia's extensive online resource centre for not-for-profit board/committee members, including access to any members-only content.

The resource centre includes a Board Matching Service, an extensive suite of template policies, help sheets, a quarterly not-for-profit governance newsletter, and more.

The course comprises two face-to-face learning blocks (three days and then two days), separated by a one-month recess, during which time we expect students will begin to complete their assessments.

Students are required to complete a competency-based assessment for each of the 12 units included in this course. The aim of these competency-based assessments is to ensure that you have not only absorbed the content but are also able to implement actions. Where possible, we will ask you to think about how assessment tasks could be implemented in your own organisation.

Assessment tasks include written responses, observation of student participation during face-to-face learning and gathering information together in a portfolio.

Students are required to complete one assessment per month, which means that all assessments will be completed within 12 months of commencing the course. At least one assessment must be completed during the recess between face-to-face learning blocks.

During the time you are completing your assessments, you will have the support of your tutor and assessor and will lodge your work through an easy-to-use, purpose-built Student Portal.

You can expect the Institute of Community Directors Australia staff and tutors will support and guide you through each stage of learning. In return, we expect you to apply yourself and to take advantage of the resources and information made available.

Participants who successfully complete the requirements of the Diploma of Governance BSB52318 will be eligible to use the post-nominals:

  • Dip. Gov. and,
  • FICDA - Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (while they remain a financial member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia)

People who complete the course (including minimum attendance requirements) but do not submit assessment, or do not complete the assessment satisfactorily, are still eligible for recognition via the Institute of Community Directors Australia, through the use of the post-nominal:

  • MICDA - Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (while they remain a financial member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia)

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