Program Overview

Are you a new or seasoned board member looking for information that will affect the governance of your society? Or are you new to the sector and aspiring to volunteer for a board position? We have you covered in our online courses that includes all aspects of non-profit board governance.

I found this course to be a very useful overview of my roles and responsibilities as a director. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to make a more constructive contribution to their board.

BCNPHA has been delivering in-person Board Governance workshops for many years. With our online, self-paced offerings, affordable housing board members can take advantage of board training from anywhere. Board Governance, developed in partnership with BC Housing, is available as a 12-week facilitated online course, or divided into four 30-day non-facilitated modules:

  • Board Governance Basics – Outlines the fundamentals of non-profit board governance, and will help you understand your role and responsibilities as a board member.
  • Board Relationships – Helps you to think about your own role as a board member, your interactions with your board, and your relationship with your Senior Manager.
  • Board Structure and Operating Procedures – Helps you consider the structure of your board and how you conduct board business.
  • Building Board Capacity – Helps you to best develop your board through board composition, recruitment, retention and of course board evaluation.

The modules may be taken in any sequence. It is recommended that you take them in the order listed above, but is not mandatory.

Visit our Self-Directed Modules page for information on format and fees.

If you prefer a longer, self-directed course with interaction between the facilitator and co-learners, consider taking our 12-week course. Scroll down to the Courses section below for details on upcoming cohorts.

For more information email:
Kate Nielsen

This course has been an extremely helpful reminder of the legal liabilities of serving on a Board, as well as to help reflect on some of the nuances and gray areas when it comes to oversight and management issues.


September 16 to December 9, 2024

Board Governance | Fall (September) 2024

This 12-week facilitated course includes up-to-date information that all non-profit board members are required to know, featuring sections on relationship building, governance models, recruitment, board diversity, the role of the Senior Manager, and much more!