Board Structure and Operating Procedures – HousingU online module

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This 30-day module is designed to get you thinking about the structure of your board and how you conduct board business. In this module, we introduce a practical framework to help you think about how your board is organized. Some answers to these structural questions will be written in your by-laws (rules), others will exist in policies or board manuals (guidelines), and some will barely be evident as they have emerged over time without much reflection or intentional direction.

Throughout the course we only address non-profit society frameworks. The course is not limited to housing societies, however. And, as you will see, non-profits work differently than for-profit, cooperatives, partnerships, or other types of corporations.

Topics include:

Building Your Board | Common By-Law Questions | Board Structure and Size | Formal Officers | Position Descriptions and Terms of Office | Administrative Support | Board Manuals | Working and Standing Committees and Task Forces

What you'll learn

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss your current board structure and operating procedures
  • Explain the officer positions on your board
  • Create a board position description
  • Explain the role of board committees

Throughout the course you will read and watch content, and be encouraged to engage in various offline activities to apply your learning to your board role. We know that you may not all have the opportunity to take activities back to your board while you’re in this module; however, this learning is all about your involvement with your board. Our invitation to you is to take the information in this module and make it live in your own situation.

Once you have completed this module you can go on to learn more about board governance in our other self-serve modules.

This module is one of 4 modules which comprise the 12-week facilitated online Board Governance course curriculum, which has been developed in partnership with BC Housing.

Time commitment

You have 30 days to complete the module. At the end of the 30-day enrollment period you will be automatically unenrolled from this module.

The learning content is provided in a lesson format that allows you to progress at your own pace. The lesson includes non-graded checks for understanding. This module also includes an non-graded pre-test and a graded post-test. You’ll need to complete the non-graded pre-test in order to access the lesson.

To receive a certificate you’ll need to score 70% or more on the post-test. You can re-take the post-test as many times as needed, within your enrollment period.


This is an online course and participants must have basic computer skills and have regular access to a computer with MS Office 2010 or later and a modern, safe browser. We recommend Chrome, however any updated browser will work. Templates used in this course may require MS Excel, MS Word and .pdf reader. This course is provided in English and requires reading and writing at a grade 8 level.

Module Duration

This module launches April 1, 2018.

Modules run in 30-day cycles at the start of each month. Once a module is launched, you may register at any time throughout the year. You will receive your log-in details at the end of the month in which you registered, for access to the module beginning on the first day of the following month. For example, if you register on February 15, you will have access to the module on March 1. If you register any time after March 1, (for example, March 2-31) you will have access to the module on April 1.

Once you receive your log-in details, you can log into HousingU at any time to start your module. You will have 30 days to complete the module from the date that you receive your log-in instructions. After the 30-day enrollment period, you will be automatically un-enrolled from the module.

Start and end dates

April 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018


$39 (+GST) for members $59 (+GST) for non-members

There are no bulk discounts available for this module and registration fees are not refundable.


To register, click the large green button at the top of this page: “Login to account”, or “Create an account” (if you do not yet have one). Note: We require a unique email address for each course participant as our online learning system will not accept duplicate emails. If you need further instructions, click Course registration instructions.

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