Key benefits of studying with Governance NZ

Studying with Governance New Zealand’s International Chartered Governance Programme will provide you with

  • an internationally recognised (portable) postgraduate qualification focused entirely on corporate governance, risk and compliance
  • the gateway to full chartered membership of Governance New Zealand Inc. and access to our international affiliations
  • the flexibility of distance study to ensure adequate work/life balance
  • practical knowledge and skills that can be readily applied in your workplace
  • an explicit demonstration of your expertise in, and commitment to, sound governance practice which will ensure you instantly stand out to prospective employers
  • the ability to foster excellence in governance, corporate conduct and administration as a proactive member of the senior executive team
  • an in-depth understanding of how to meet compliance requirements, including the NZ Companies Act, NZX Listing Rules and key governance guidelines
  • the expertise to become a highly regarded adviser to management and the board, or to be a valued board member
  • the opportunity to network with other governance professionals and senior managers

Here's what recent Graduates say about studying with Governance NZ...

"Studying with Governance NZ allowed me to work and study at the same time. I came from an Executive Assistant background which incorporated company secretarial work and the courses gave me deeper insight into all aspects of governance. As a consequence I was able to progress my career and am now an Assistant Company Secretary in Sydney. The Chartered Governance Institute (formerly ICSA) qualification is recognised in several countries and their reciprocal agreement allows for easy transfer of membership. I highly recommend the courses to anyone who enjoys working with Boards and Committees and would like to extend their knowledge and expertise."

Jill Lyons ACIS
Assistant Company Secretary, Meat & Livestock Australia

"I have thoroughly enjoyed studying with Governance NZ’s PEP. It has been a challenging and very rewarding experience and I would strongly recommend the course to anyone interested in learning about best practice governance.

I work for a not-for-profit organisation and the practical skills and knowledge I have learnt have been easily transferable into the workplace and have added real value to my daily professional life. I am now the governance expert within the organisation and advise the board in ongoing governance reform and risk management.

The tutors are excellent – it has been a real advantage having access to professionals in their field, enabling an understanding of current and topical developments in the area being studied."

Dawn Handforth ACIS
General Manager, The New Zealand Air Line Pilots Association

"I found the Governance New Zealand PEP to be very worthwhile. Working for a listed entity, the courses provided me with an insight into the NZX Listing rules, disclosure obligations and governance issues.

It has been great to have the opportunity to build my network through connecting with other students.

My top tip for success with the course is to prioritise attending the workshop; it is vital opportunity to meet with the tutors and other students. Also, make sure you have a disciplined approach to getting through the course work, assignment and exam preparation. Distance learning is a great option, and possible to do while working full time, even with family commitments."

Robyn Cory-Wright ACIS
Risk & Compliance Manager

"Studying the Professional Education Programme has given me the knowledge necessary for working as a governance professional in a not-for-profit organisation. The qualification has enabled me to deal competently with boards, as well as a full range of company secretarial duties.

I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone who wants to gain valuable knowledge in the areas of governance, risk, and compliance."

Paul Town FCIS
Finance and Operations Support Manager