Board Governance (Fall 2021) – HousingU online course

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Board Governance

If you are interested in taking any of the 30-Day Board Governance Modules which run bi-monthly, please visit our Board Governance Programs page.

Our Board Governance course includes up-to-date information that all non-profit board members are required to know and includes sections on relationship building, communications and the new Societies Act.

“Thank you for delivering the Board Governance Course. It takes skill and diplomatic persuasive actions to accomplish change, and this course has left me with ideas for making positive changes moving forward.”

– 2020 participant

“This course should be mandatory for a board placement. All board members should be clear about their roles and fiduciary responsibilities.”

– Aran Clarke, Brightside Community Homes Foundation

Topics include:

Introduction to Governance | Key Elements of Societies | Board Governance Models | Board Member Roles and Responsibilities | Building Relationships | Board Structure and Operating Procedures | Board Conduct and Relationships | Board Composition, Recruitment and Retention | Board Development and Evaluation

What you'll learn

Our Board Governance course has been designed to meet the learning needs of those new or aspiring to non-profit governance and for those with experience and wanting a refresher. Participants who successfully complete this course will be armed with all the knowledge and tools needed to effectively govern an affordable housing society.

Time commitment

This course includes approximately 32 hours of content. It is recommended that you commit to studying for 3-4 hours a week in order to be done in 8 weeks; however, you have up to 3 months (12 weeks) to complete. You can progress at your own pace, log in to do assignments, and participate in forum discussions whenever when it’s convenient for you. Having said that, we do encourage you to stick to the posted weekly schedule so that most participants will be working on the same topic at roughly the same time.


As an online course participants must have basic computer skills and have 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 or a .pdf reader. This course is provided in English and requires reading and writing at a grade 10 level.

Start and end dates

September 13, 2021 - December 05, 2021


$139 (+GST) for members , $209 (+GST) for non-members

Volume Discount: Register 3 or more people from the same organization for this course and your rate will be reduced to $109 each (+GST). This offer is for BCNPHA members only. To take advantage of this discounted rate, please email


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.

Need help?

Registrants will receive course access instructions from one week prior to the course start date.

Note: Registration closes September 27, 2021

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