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The Govern for Impact Policy Governance® Proficiency (PGP) program aims to provide a high-level understanding of governance in theory, principle and practice. The curriculum draws strongly on the work of John Carver in creating the Policy Governance system and provides context through the provision of an understanding of governance concepts, principles, theories, research, and practice. The course content also draws on the work of a number of other authors in the area of governance excellence.

The PGP program leads to a certificate denoting the successful completion of an accredited program designed to provide a high standard of governance knowledge and expertise.

The PGP program is delivered online and is accessible from anywhere in the world to English-speaking participants who have a good internet connection.

The program aims to meet the needs of those who want to equip themselves to play a leadership role in the application of Policy Governance principles and practice, and the furtherance of governance knowledge more generally.


PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

WHO IT'S FOR

 

Board members, board chairs, CEOs, organizational staff, and consultants who wish to play a leadership role in applying Policy Governance principles and practices in the non-profit, for-profit and/or public sectors and who want to gain more general governance knowledge.

WHAT YOU RECEIVE

 

 

 

 

You will receive a certificate acknowledging your successful completion of Govern for Impact's accredited program designed to provide a high standard of governance knowledge and expertise. Participants are officially recognized at GOVERN's annual conference and on the organization's website. Participants who successfully complete the PGP program are eligible to register to use GOVERN's professional designation, GSP (Governance Systems Professional). Govern for Impact is the non-profit community of practitioners, researchers and consultants interested in Policy Governance and other advanced governance systems. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO INVEST

 

From October, 2021 to May, 2022, you will attend nine instructional webinars. The orientation webinar is held in the latter half of September. Each session takes place on Saturday morning at 11am Eastern Time (NYC/Toronto) and lasts 2 hours. You should plan to spend an average of 8-12 hours per week in reading, completing assignments and quizzes, individual or small group session with the Unit instructor, and personal study time.

 

IS PGP FOR ME?   

Yes, it is, if you are interested in Policy Governance and governance more generally and are:

  • Acting as an internal or external consultant to one or more governing boards
  • A Member/Director/Trustee of a Governing Board*
  • A Board Officer on a Governing Board
  • A CEO who is accountable to a Governing Board
  • An Administrator or Corporate Secretary on whom one or more Governing Boards rely for high-level support

*The term “governing board” is used to distinguish boards that have full accountability for an organization from boards that are advisory.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?     

Competencies and Learning Outcomes

The overall competency that the PGP program seeks to develop is the ability to play a leadership role in the application of Policy Governance principles and practice and the furtherance of governance knowledge more generally.

This overall competency is further organized into sub-competencies for which there are specific Learning Outcomes delivered through a curriculum based around 7 Learning Units.

The PGP program Competencies and Learning Outcomes are derived from:

The latest Govern for Impact Consistency Framework

Consultation with the Policy Governance-Professional Education Team which oversees the program, the PGP Unit instructors, experienced Policy Governance consultants, and PGP alumni.

HOW WILL I LEARN?         

The PGP Program program consists of seven units or learning delivered through:

  • Reading and videos
  • Webinars
  • Group and Individual sessions with the Unit Instructor (the format depends on the Unit)
  • Writing Assignments
  • Team Project Presentation
  • Final Exam  

PROGRAM OUTLINE         

The PGP Program curriculum is delivered through seven Learning Units:

Unit 1 - Foundations of Governance

  • The Relationship between Governance and Society (legislation, regulation, standards and codes – (comply or explain, principles vs rules)
  • The Relationship between Governance and Owners and Stakeholders;
  • The Relationship Between Governance and Management

Unit 2 – Policy Governance Principles, Policy Creation and Architecture

Unit 3 – Governance Roles, Documentation, Processes and Competencies

Unit 4 - Monitoring: the Essential Process in Assuring Management and Board Performance

Unit 5 – Transcending Ourselves: Building the Ownership Connection

Unit 6 - Policy Governance in the World

Unit 7 – Implementing Policy Governance (Team Project)

Each Unit is approximately one month in length inclusive of pre-reading, webinar, individual or small group meeting with Instructor, and assignments. 

HOW DO I KNOW THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IS CREDIBLE?

The PGP program has been accredited by IOEE (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) – a UK based body that accredits organizations to deliver qualifications and certify individuals around the world.

WHO WILL TEACH ME?

All Unit Instructors have participated in the highest level of publicly available Policy Governance training, actively engage in, and lead continuing Policy Governance education, and have at least 10 years’ experience supporting Policy Governance implementation in a variety of settings. 

HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS ARE IN THE COHORT?

Each PGP cohort is limited to approximately 16 participants.

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
  • Registration is limited and on a "first come, first served"  basis
  • All applications are reviewed to determine if the applicant meets the requirements to be admitted into the program
  • Application and registration for a spot in the program is not complete until the first payment is made
  • No course material will be forwarded for the first term until the first payment is received
  • No course material will be forwarded for the second term until the second payment is received 
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?

Participants are considered to have completed the program if they achieve 75% on final exam. Participants are required to complete all Unit assignments and the Team Project to be eligible to write the exam. 

WHAT IS THE COST?

The cost of the PGP program is:

Govern Affiliates: $3,300.00 USD

Non-affiliates: $3,600.00 USD (includes a one-year affiliation with Govern).

Payment Schedule:

Fees are payable in two installments. The first payment of $1,800 for affiliates or $2,100 for non-affiliates is due not later then Friday, September 3, 2021. The second installment of $1,500 for both affiliates and non-affiliates is due by Friday, January 7, 2022

Participants should also allow about $300 for purchase of reading materials.

Cancellation Policy:

A full refund is make if the application is not accepted (minus a $75.00 registration processing fee.

If the student discontinues the program between October 1 and December 31, and had paid the first payment, the student will receive an $800.00 credit toward repeating the program for October to December the next year. This will apply only for one-year (that being the next year).

If the student discontinues the program with a written request for a credit between October 1 and December 31, and had paid the full tuition, the student will receive a $2,300.00 (Affiliate) or $2,600.00 (Non-affiliate) credit for the program the next year. 

If the student discontinues the program after December 31st with a written request for credit, the student will be provided with a $600.00 credit which can be applied to the second payment in the following year. 

Who is GOVERN FOR IMPACT?

GOVERN For Impact is a community of practitioners, researchers, and consultants in Policy Governance and other governance systems. It is a worldwide organization chartered in the United States as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

WHAT SUPPORT WILL I HAVE?

The PGP program provides the opportunity to network closely with peers and Instructors.  Instructors are available throughout the duration of their Unit to answer questions and provide support. Instructors lead an instructional/discussion/feedback session with participants during their unit, typically in the week following the Unit webinar. Peer group support is encouraged through online and offline discussion.

The PGP Program Director provides ongoing administrative and program information and support throughout the duration of the program.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
PGP participants must meet the following entry requirements:
  1. Complete the PGP Registration Form
  2. Provide evidence of ability to complete the program as follows:

Before acceptance of your registration in the program, you must provide evidence of a) a board chair or CEO in an organization with which you have been involved, b) someone who has completed the Policy Governance Academy, or c) PGP alumnus who is willing to affirm the following:

  1. You have at least two years’ relevant experience as a board member, CEO, board support (e.g., board administrator) or board consultant.
  2. You have been actively engaged in developing and/or operating board processes using Policy Governance.
  3. You comprehend and write English to a degree-level standard. 

Technical Requirements:

High speed reliable internet service / web camera / microphone

PGP uses Zoom platform

Participants also use the PGP Online Learning Center (OLC) to access Unit descriptions and resources, complete quizzes and submit assignments. The OLC uses the Moodle platform. 

Agreements

You will be required to acknowledge and agree to the terms of use of Govern for Impact copyright course materials and any other materials obtained for the exclusive use of PGP participants.

Reading:

It is strongly recommended that participants read the following two books before the start of Unit 1 of the program:

  1. “Boards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations”, 3rd Edition, John Carver 2006, Jossey-Bass ISBN-13: 978-0-7879-7616-3(cloth); ISBN-10: 0-7879-7616-4 (cloth)
  2. “Corporate Boards That Create Value: Governing Company Performance from the Boardroom”, John Carver with Caroline Oliver, 2002, Jossey-Bass ISBN 0-7879-6114-0

You can purchase books through any other bookstore or online bookseller or borrow them from your local public or institutional libraries. Second-hand online booksellers such as AbeBooks and Thriftbooks.com have also proved to be good sources for reasonable priced editions of the books you will use. 

Most reading material will be included as part of your program. However, you will need to purchase/gain library access to some other books if you don’t already have them. Upon registration, you will receive a list of all books which are used throughout the program. This will allow you to order them or determine where you can borrow them in advance of the start of the program.

2021-22 WEBINAR SCHEDULE

September 25     Orientation Webinar

October 16           Unit 1

November 13        Unit 2

December 11        Unit 3

January 15           Unit 4

February 12         Unit 5

March 19             Unit 6

April 23                Unit 7 Team Project Presentations (if needed)

April 30                Unit 7 Team Project Presentations (if needed)

May 7                  Final Webinar

May 14                Final Exam

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Contact:   GOVERN’s Managing Director, Michael Palmer at [email protected]  

Or by mail at Govern For Impact, 2206 Village West Drive South, Lapeer, MI 49446 USA

OR USA Mobile: +1 248 770 1865

A FINAL NOTE ON CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Govern for Impact is committed to the continuous improvement of the GSP credential as a trustworthy designation. Feedback to the PGP program participants is essential to this aim.

Participants are asked to provide feedback after each Unit and on the full program at its conclusion. However, feedback is welcome at any time and should be sent to the Govern For Impact Policy Governance-Professional Education Team via the [email protected] .

Policy Governance® is an internationally registered service mark of John Carver. Used with permission. The authoritative website for Policy Governance is   www.carvergovernance.com (http://www.carvergovernance.com) .

© 2021 Govern for Impact

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