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Certificate IV in Governance (BSB40915)

Practical, accredited, staff governance training for the members and supporters of Boards, Management Committees and Councils of Australian community groups and schools

The Certificate IV in Governance (BSB40915) is a nationally recognised governance qualification written specifically for those working on or with the governing structures of Australian community organisations. The program has been developed by Our Community for the community sector.

You Will Learn:
  • Gain practical knowledge and skills across a wide range of community governance topics that you can immediately apply in your community organisation
  • Develop a strong platform from which to consolidate your present position or launch new governance experiences
  • Demonstrate your commitment to developing your knowledge and skills in community governance
  • Gain increased confidence that you can make a substantial and valued contribution as a member of the Board within your community organisation
  • Have the opportunity to network and exchange strategies with presenters and fellow course participants
  • Two new titles to add to your CV: BSB40915 Certificate IV in Governance plus Membership of the Australian Institute of Community Practice & Governance

Key Benefits:
  • Australia's most inexpensive accredited governance qualification
  • Fully recognised, accredited training linked to the Australian Quality Framework
  • Training developed specifically for the community sector context
  • Relevant to both new and experienced staff and board members
  • Study at your own pace - in one four-day block, or two, two day blocks and completed within six months
  • Convenient locations - training provided in capital cities and regional centres throughout Australia and in other locations by arrangement
  • Open-entry course - no pre-requisite requirements
  • Robust, practical and continuously updated learning materials written by experts in the field
  • Engaging, experienced, approachable presenters and highly practical, interactive training
  • Immediate assessment and no written exam

We have put in place a flexible program to ensure we cater to a range of needs. Participants may choose to enrol in one of the four-day courses scheduled in centres across Australia, or may form a group (auspiced by a community group, local government or peak body) and arrange tailored training delivered in your own locality and to suit your own schedule.

This is an open-entry course. There are no requirements you need to fulfil to gain entry, however relevant experience in an organisation or Board is preferred.

The program is assessed against 10 component modules, based on participation in the intensive group workshop days, and successful completion of follow-up tasks including written assessments comprising questions and review projects. To successfully complete the course and be awarded the Certificate IV qualification, participants must demonstrate competency against all 10 modules. The course schedule, follow-up assessments and project work are carefully designed to enable you to do so, and - importantly - to enable you also to apply your learning.
As a guide assessments should be completed within six months with approximately 3-4 hours per week required.

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The Rewards:
Those successfully completing the course will be awarded the Certificate IV in Governance.

You will receive a graduation certificate, a 12-month subscription to the acclaimed Board Builder newsletter (delivered via email), and full membership of the Australian Institute for Community Practice and Governance.

Cost: $3,495

The course is divided into four distinct days, each covering a separate aspect of community governance.

The course workshops are run over four days, each covering a separate aspect of community governance.

Session One: Governing
  • What is governance in a community context?
  • Why is governance important?
  • Meeting the roles and responsibilities of a board member
  • Using the constitution
  • Boards working with the CEO and staff

Session Two: Planning

  • Preparing & overseeing the organisation's annual budget
  • Monitoring financial management and budgets
  • Planning for organisational needs
  • Overseeing strategic and business planning
  • Developing an annual fundraising plan

Session Three: Communicating
  • Maintaining and protecting community culture
  • Contributing to a positive and culturally appropriate community
  • Communicating with the community
  • Skills for effective communication
  • Working with partnerships

Session Four: Sustaining
  • Reviewing the business plan
  • Identifying and managing risk
  • Avoiding burnout
  • Developing and implementing organisational policies

The ten competencies covered in the four-day, public program are:
  • BSBADM502 Manage Meetings
  • BSBATSIC411 Communicate with community
  • BSBPMG522 Undertake Project Work
  • BSBATSIM419 Contribute to the development and implementation of organisational policies
  • BSBDIV301 Work effectively with diversity
  • BSBGOV401 Implement Board Member Responsibilities
  • BSBGOV402 Work within Organisational structure
  • BSBGOV403 Analyse Financial Reports and Budgets
  • BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • BSBSMB404 Undertake Small Business Planning

The course will also include other excellent, added-value tools and techniques, plus enable participants to meet, network and work with other people in other organisations.

Further Information:
For further information please contact Alan Matic via email to alanm@ourcommunity.com.au or telephone (03) 9320 6805.

Please note:
Course details are correct at time of publication, however dates, times and venues may change. Any changes will be advised via email - please ensure you provide a correct email address during registration.

Assessment: For any queries relating to assessment or certificates please email: governanceadmin@ourcommunity.com.au

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