Governance NZ

Qualifying Programme

Professional Education Programme (PEP)

Semester 1 2024 commences Late February 2024

Register your interest with the Education Manager, Sandra Cohen

Develop the skills, resources and knowledge to equip you in your role as a governance professional with our internationally-recognised post-graduate pathway.
Our programme 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 Chartered Governance Institute — both leading international associations for governance practitioners.

Why enrol?

Study that provides credibility, portability and flexibility

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

  • International Governance Qualification - a fully accredited and internationally recognised, portable postgraduate qualification focused entirely on governance, risk and compliance
  • Applied learning - knowledge gained while studying can be immediately applied in the workplace
  • Flexibility - study is delivered by distance learning with tutor support to ensure adequate work/life balance
  • 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
  • Relevancy - our resources and professional development offerings will ensure you stay abreast of the latest thinking and trends in the profession

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”.

Ready to take the next step?

Register your interest with the Education Manager, Sandra Cohen

More options for governance professionals!

Following a review of the International Qualifying Standard – the framework that underpins our qualifications in New Zealand - some significant changes to our qualifying programme have been implemented. We now offer two chartered professional designations with the new Chartered Governance Professional designation sitting alongside that of Chartered Secretary.

Affiliated 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 hold a recognised professional or pre-professional qualification and have at least 2-years of relevant work experience requiring minimal or no further study. Affiliated members can opt to pursue full chartered membership at any stage by enrolling on the Professional Education Programme.

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. View full information