Board Governance
HousingU Pathway: Leadership

Board Governance Basics | 2024

Self-Directed Module

Get up to speed on the fundamentals of board governance, and gain a stronger understanding of your role and responsibilities in a non-profit society, in Board Governance Basics. Participants will learn about the board’s role within a whole governance system and, as a result, gain a better understanding of the board’s responsibilities, the people and contexts that influence boards, and the tools and practices that boards use to help them govern effectively. This course only addresses non-profit society frameworks, but is not limited to housing societies.

  • Online, self-directed module
  • Participants have 30 days to complete upon registration
  • Module is one of four in the Board Governance curriculum

As a result of taking the Board Governance Basics module I learned about the importance of strategic planning. I will now be able to formulate a more dynamic strategic planning process. – 2022 Registrant



Self-Directed Module


$62 (+GST)

Member Cost:

$41 (+GST)

Registration Start/End Date:

Registration is open! Note: HousingU course registration is single-user only. Refer to the Registration Details section below before registering.


Topics include

The Meaning of Governance | Board Purpose and Responsibilities | How Boards are Organized | Governance and Management | The Board’s Power to Make Decisions | The Decision Making Process | A Summary of Governance Basics

What you’ll learn

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

  • Explain why the governance of non-profit societies matters
  • Explore the roles, responsibilities, and duties of board members
  • Describe the six primary governance responsibilities
  • Explain the board’s role in the oversight of these areas of responsibilities

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, interactive and self-reflective activities. 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

Modules are 30 days in length and run continuously throughout the year. You may register for the course at any time during the month or year. You will receive your log-in details upon registration from learn@bcnpha.ca.

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. For example, if you registered on July 10, you will have until August 10 to complete. After the 30-day enrollment period, you will be automatically un-enrolled from the module. If you do not complete the module within 30 days, you will have to re-register for the module.

Registration Details

To register, click on the button above to login to our secure Registration site.

Note: All HousingU courses are single-user registration only as our learning management system requires a unique email address for each participant. This means that you will not be able to enroll another person(s) on your behalf as each participant is required to set up their own BCNPHA account, register individually and use their own email in order to receive their unique login details and course access.

Participants are welcome to either pay upfront or select “Pay Later” upon registration checkout and then forward the receipt/invoice to the appropriate party for reimbursement, if applicable. 

For step-by-step registration instructions (PDF) and/or cancellation policy, check out the Course Registration Information page.

Module registration fees are non-refundable.

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