Governance NZ


Professional Education Programme (PEP)

Step aboard our revitalised and internationally recognised post-graduate pathway for 2020. Develop the skills, resources and knowledge to equip you in your role as a governance professional.

Our progamme provides comprehensive knowledge and skills in the essential elements of good governance principles, and is valuable preparation for any professional aspiring to a senior career in governance, compliance and risk management. The programme sets the standard for entry into the profession and is the gateway to membership of Governance New Zealand and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) — both leading international associations for governance practitioners.

Why enrol?

Study that provides credibility, portability and flexibility

Becoming a Chartered Secretary or Chartered Governance Professional signifies the gold standard of the governance profession.

  • Stand out from the competition - a chartered professional governance qualification will ensure you instantly stand out to prospective employers
  • Instant recognition - being chartered shows that you have reached a high level of academic achievement and professional experience at a glance
  • Applied learning - knowledge gained while studying can be immediately applied in the workplace
  • Staying relevant - our resources and professional development offerings will ensure you stay abreast of the latest thinking and trends in the profession

New doors are about to open for governance professionals!

Following a review of the International Qualifying Standard – the framework that underpins our qualification in New Zealand - we are pleased to announce some significant changes to our education offering are just around the corner! From August 2019 a new professional designation of Chartered Governance Professional will sit alongside that of Chartered Secretary.

Affiliate membership is a new class of non-chartered membership which provides professional recognition of the achievement, value and capability of those who have qualified via our non-chartered route. It is open to those who have passed three prescribed modules from the PEP.

The new qualifying programme trains students in more relevant subject areas, offers greater support by design and will create graduates eligible to use both chartered designations on achieving the requisite work experience.

We believe that these changes will open more doors for more people into the growing world of governance.

View new curriculum details or contact the Education Executive, Lee Edmands.

Study for ICSI members

As from 1 January 2019, Members of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, (ICSI), may qualify to study with Governance NZ in order to gain the Chartered Secretary or Chartered Governance qualification.
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Studying with Governance New Zealand

The programme is made up of six core modules, each of 12 weeks duration, delivered by distance learning with tutor support. Exemptions are available dependent on academic degree(s) or professional qualification(s) held.

Those working in the legal and finance professions could qualify for Chartered Secretary or Chartered Governance Professional status in as little as 12 months under “the fast track options”.

Register your interest with the Education Executive, Lee Edmands